Botnst - 3/2/2005 8:44 PM
If it appears that I am baiting you, don't take that which you perceive as bait. Let it pass.
As I understand what you said, you think that the majority of people are not smart enough to run their lives effectively. That being the case, then compassionate, intelligent people must care for those people who cannot care for themselves. Is that a fair characterization?
My response is that I assume that all men are created equal. I make no exception. Even a brainless microcephalic is still a human and deserving of human consideration. No more, no less. I do not believe in protected classes. I think that is exactly anathema to my first sentence. When we make politics out of exceptionalism, we create a society in which all people are equal but some are more equal than others. That is the first step to enslavement, whether from the right or left, I don't give a damn.
Hey Bot, I actually agree with most of your last paragraph. However, for some reason you are tracking off the original point of the discussion, which was the purpose of the President's support for privatization of some portion of Social Security.
With regard to that point, it seems the only ones to be making out on a sure bet here is the money industry, the stock brokers and the like. Which, when you cut out all the red herring bullshit about welfare, class structure and racism, you find our born again President supporting a concept that sounds like "God helps those who help themselves" again. Here he is, helping himself and his cohorts to your premiums on your insurance policy, in the name of "teaching you to help yourself" so God can shine his grace on you too.
The intelligence of the average American has nothing to do with his qualifications to be his own investment guru. Sounds great, let everyone have their own private accounts and be responsible for their accumulating wealth, but it is just more red meat for the frenzied carnivorous crowd of selfish, shortsighted, Libertarian veneered, and other Republicans that is used to get them to involuntarily back such obviously selfish and greedy initiatives. Like dangling a string in front of a cat to get him to paw at it. Works every time.
And when the stock market crashes or thousands of Joe Average Americans just make poor choices because they were bombarded by charlatans providing advice they were not trained to properly evaluate, and they end up destitute in old age and unable to work, you can all feel justified letting them die on the sidewalks of starvation and disease because you gave them the choice to be wealthy or poor and they chose poor. So fuck 'em, they got what they wanted, and why is it of anyone else's concern, and especially why is it of the government's concern?
By the way, would 100% tax on inheritance prevent the problem of successful, wealthy parents enslaving their kids by leaving all that money to them and preventing them from experiencing first hand the wonder of self realization? Jim