You can lead a fryer to income equality but you cannot make him drink

Poor Seattle.

Like all good Liberals, they meant well.

In an effort to eradicate the scourge of “income inequality,” Seattle raised the minimum wage to $15.00/hour.

In their pea brains, this move would create a society of hard-working, self-sustaining, society-contributing Utopians.

Alas, it didn’t happen.

Those lucky “folks” who now earn fifteen dollars an hour for even the most menial jobs are now demanding their employers cut their hours to keep them from earning too much to qualify for government benefits.

You can lead a fryer to income equality but you cannot make him drink

That’s the problem with not being willing to teach a man to fish.

He gets so used to you providing him with fish, he refuses to pick up the damn pole even when you pay him fifteen dollars an hour to do it.

Make no mistake about it.

Liberals created this problem.

Dependence is a cancer. And no amount of money thrown at it will cure it.

Didn’t the “War on Poverty” teach us anything?

You cannot lift people out of poverty by extracting money from people who obtained it the old fashioned way — by working hard and being self-reliant.

Well-meaning do-gooders never solve the problem they seek to solve. Instead, they create a whole new passel of problems to go along with the original problem.

To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, the best social program is a productive job.

Once you refuse to encourage people to lift themselves out of poverty by getting a job, working hard in that job, paying the dues and getting ahead, even handing them a higher wage only makes them demand fewer hours in order to keep all the free stuff they get without doing the work.

Dependence kills innovation, ambition, self-reliance, vitality and enterprise.

People become less than sheep. Obedient herds who look to a shepherd to feed them, water them, and tell them where to go and what to do.

Industry is destroyed.

And without industry, without self-reliance and ambition, this economy will be crippled.

Part of me laughed when I saw the headline at The Right Scoop about Seattle’s dependence problem.

And part of me was deeply sad.

This is what Liberalism breeds.

Dependence, reliance, lack of ambition and drive.

And trust me. It’s all by design.

As de Tocqueville wrote in Democracy in America:
The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.

That’s what $15.00 per hour buys you.

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2 thoughts on “You can lead a fryer to income equality but you cannot make him drink

  • July 26, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    The word “schadenfreude” comes to mind! Or perhaps, “Be careful what you wish for”.

  • July 27, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    This quote did not originate with me but it seems strangely appropriate for this situation: If you build a man a fire he will be warm for the night. If you set a man on fire he will be warm for the rest of his life.

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