What must we do to restore fairness in our nation?
All of us should try to do our best, always.
Some people try and fail. Some try and give up. Some don’t even try.
The obstacles can be great and sometimes they are too many.
Do those who fail or give up or simply don’t even try, deserve anything?
My opinion is that our nation can afford basic support for all our citizens, regardless.
If you were born in this land or have met the requirements to stay here legally, then you’re entitled.
Our nation can afford to give everyone a certain basic income to cover food and clothing and a place to live and essential health care and a basic cell phone and a certain amount for public transportation.
Our nation can afford that now. Today. Regardless of whether a person wants to work or not.
Does it not seem wiser to believe that most people want to do their best, considering their abilities?
If we think that some people want to get away with not making their best effort, then that’s on them. But, as a nation, we can afford to carry those folks.
We can, because there are enough productive people in our nation to make it possible, so no one has to be a beggar in our land.
We’re not rich as a nation because we have tight restrictions on those at the bottom.
We’re rich because there are many amongst us with great productive capacity.
We have not become the cradle for the many industries that have arisen in our nation because we were restricting the poor.
So why be punitive toward those who are non productive? Why deprive them of the most basic needs?
Some of them may one day want more and then they will try and make the effort. We hope so. We should help motivate them to do better, but if they don’t, so be it.
To make sure we have the funds to provide that basic sustenance for the less advantaged, we will need to tax the wealthy, the better off, the most productive, the most talented, the most enlightened, the most gifted.
And why not?
Think of it this way. Who gave you those gifts? Nature did. You worked hard to develop them, yes, and thus many riches and opportunities should go to you. But nature is not fair. It does not give everyone the talents needed to compete effectively.
Do the less advantaged in life want to be poor and miserable and beggars?
Do the less advantaged in life want to live in dangerous neighborhoods?
Do the less advantaged in life deserve their fate?
Do some people avoid work, on purpose, to live off the fat of the land? Sure. But, so what?
Will they climb to the heights of accomplishment? No.
Will they live fruitful lives?
Will they have developed their capacities and experienced the joy that comes with it?
So, I say to you, let them be.
It is a mistake, and a most ungenerous one, for a developed society to add to people’s disadvantages by instituting punishing governmental restrictions.
The gifted should not be punishing the less gifted.