Monday, 20. December 2010 7:57
I was looking through an old box of my grandparents “stuff” when I came across a newspaper from 1933, one in which the headline celebrated the end of prohibition: “Beer is Flowing Again!!”
My grandfather, a great Italian, liked to make wine.
On the bottom half of the fold was another, more interesting article, one that took my breath away. It was titled: Idle Rich Class Taboo In Hitler’s Economic Plans.
It spoke about the new leader of Germany, a guy named Adolf Hitler, who had come into power and was going to create the “perfect” society with a new economic plan, one that he claimed would “change” Germany.
I wonder if his “change” also included “hope”?
The main principle behind Hitler’s “new Germany” was a classless society, one in which the rich would be taxed to the level of the poor so that both classes would work together side by side to better the state:
“Castes and classes are to go. In their stead, a community spirit is to be inculcated in which rich and poor, exalted and lowly, shall work side by side for the fatherland.
The idea is that capitalism as such is not to be abolished, but its excesses prevented. The principle, “the public wealth is paramount to private gain” must be the guiding factor in determining the extent to which individual capital can expand. But private property must not be directed against the state.
For instance, a man of means will not be permitted to support a theater in which plays are given that belittle the government. His surplus must be contributed to useful, patriotic purposes.
Taxes will be graded so as to prevent the amassing of vast fortunes. If a man acquires so large an income that he can live from it without further effort, ways will be found to reduce him to the necessity of again performing socially useful service. This will not apply to old people, who are to be permitted to live off incomes earned by a life-time’s hard work.
The inheritance tax is to be high and everything that might enable the heirs to live a life of laziness. It is not to be high on things that promote socially useful lives. Thus, a factory or a homestead can be passed on to the direct descendants, but distant relatives will be practically taxed out of inheritance.”
Any of this sound familiar? Listen to Megyn Kelley’s interview with Representative Weiner and you will hear history repeat itself. Weiner tells us that taxing inheritance really isn’t taxing someone twice because, in his words, “You’re dead.” He says that those who benefit from an inheritance should be taxed because it is “unearned wealth.”
Really? Didn’t someone earn that wealth? The government certainly didn’t earn that wealth…..why should they feel free to dip into it again?
Listen to the rhetoric of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Michael Moore, Barack Obama, and the Hollywood crowd. All of them are wealthy elites who want to eliminate the extreme classes in society- they want to “spread the wealth around a little bit” – You know, take it from the guy who’s making $300,000 per year and give it to the guy who makes $30,000 so things are “fair.”
Interestingly enough, I would wager to bet that none of these individuals paid more than required to our government in taxes. I would bet that each of them took advantage of tax breaks wherever they could- even writing off their gifts of charity. I’m certain that none wrote an extra check to the government because they wanted to “have more in common with the little guy.”
Did Nancy Pelosi work without a paycheck last year, telling Congress that she didn’t need the extra cash since she and her husband are millionaires? Gosh, no. In fact, not only did Nancy happily collect her salary, she asked the rest of us to finance her private jet so she could fly home each weekend. She asked us to finance her food and drink on that jet to the tune of $101,000 per year (that’s just the food and drink, not the jet). She asked us to fly her friends to Italy so they could have a wonderful vacation together and she even hosted private parties at our expense.
Then Nancy turned around and passed legislation that specifically helped her husband make more money.
These people are hypocrites. They need to be called to the table and ratted out one by one. John Kerry parks his yacht in Rhode Island to protect himself from the high, Massachusetts taxes. Charlie Rangel, Tim Geithner, and Tom Daschle didn’t pay their taxes. Joe Biden gave a pittance to charity until he ran for Vice President and realized that he looked like a cheap-skate.
But they sit on their high horses and preach that the guy making $250,000 is “rich”. They call him names. They chastise his success, telling the world that he “has enough”, and ask that he “give more” to the government so they can spend it on themselves and their pet projects.
Oh, and on their reelections.
While liberals preach “diversity” and “tolerance” in our schools, they are actively preaching “hate” in the halls of Congress. Oh, it’s not “hate” toward blacks, latinos, or gays that they proliferate….it’s a different kind of hate, the kind that’s acceptable.
It’s a hatred of the “rich”, the “successful”, the “upper class”, the guy who has “too much”- the guy who probably gave you your job and is helping to feed your family. The guy who is taking care of the health of your kids because he busted his butt and became a doctor. The guy who mortgaged his family farm to pursue a dream, invent a product, or discover a cure for a horrible disease. The guy who took a risk and watched it pay off. The guy who opened up a little store or a restaurant and watched it thrive. The guy who has a unique God-given talent and decided to nurture it rather than ignore it.
Successful people get in the way of socialism, of government control. Why? Because they are smart, innovative, career-driven folks who are a thorn in the side of a big government mentality. Socialists need to dumb-down society, they need to create “useful idiots”, not entrepreneurs.
You see, in a socialist society like the one we saw in Hitler’s Germany, only the government officials are allowed to be rich. Only government employees are allowed to thrive. The “useful idiots” must rely on the government for everything, including their very lives.
When we read history, whether from an old newspaper or a book, we are holding everything we need to know in our hands. Why don’t we learn from it? Why are we teaching our kids to dismiss it? How can we read about the policies of Hitler or Stalin and not see a parallel to our current society?
What we’re seeing from this administration is pure “hate speech”- the hatred of the successful.
They’re making it acceptable for YOU to hate these folks, too. In fact, they’re encouraging you to be jealous, encouraging you to complain, demand, and organize against those who have wealth. They love the class warfare that they’ve created.
My grandfather, the one who loved to make his wine, came here from Italy at age 16 with a second grade education. He worked his tail off, delivering fruit and blocks of ice. He bought a small business and it became quite successful through his hard work. He died a “wealthy” man- a proud man, a man who proved that the American dream was real to those who found an opportunity and ran with it.
He went back and visited Italy often throughout his life, but each time he returned, he would look at us and say, “I love Italy, but thank God for America.”
Thank God for America.
If only our President would feel the same.
And the American Dream? Well, it’s slowly becoming a thing of the past as the useful idiots no longer strive for success.
They are brainwashed and entitled. And controlled.
Just where the wealthy socialist elites like them.
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