to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
I continue to be amazed at how many people fail to differentiate between
LEGAL immigration and ILLEGAL immigration. They seem to think President
Trump wants to stop all immigration when in fact he only wants the border
wall to control the illegals. The media whose primary purpose is to discredit
the president in every possible way add to the confusion by often using
"immigration" for either the legal or illegal forms. Of course "illegals"
is no longer a politically correct term but regardless of what they are
called they are a tremendous burden on all of us especially the southern
border states. Let's secure our border. Finish the wall now. Thanks
No. 198 - 2/11/2019
How long is a lifetime? Or one might ask, what is the anticipated
life time of a nation? Both of these questions pop into my mind, thinking
of the topic for this week's article!
Back in my 1950's high school and college days, the life expectancy
of males was about 62 or 63, with the female being a bit higher!
Today we keep hearing that males live to about 78, with again the female
living a bit longer. A person might ask, what accounts for the additional
15 or 20 added years? No attempt at this time to answer this question!
But it will be asked what does history tell us about the life expectancy
of a typical nation?
With this question in mind, it is the intent of these next three reviews
to examine three areas which might help supply answers to the above question.
The three areas involve economics, politics, and finally religion, morality
or culture. Today a look at what changes have incurred in ECONOMICS that
might hint at an answer to the question above!
Back in reviews 10 -15, a lengthy look was taken at evidence
which exists concerning the life expectancy of nations. Bluntly,
the sources cited can maybe best be summarized by another look at Alexander
Tyler, a Scottish history professor who claimed about the same time that
our Constitution was adopted, that "A democracy is always temporary in
nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It continues
to exist until voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts
from the treasury. From then on, the majority votes for the candidate
who promises the most benefits...with the result that every democracy will
finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy." The collapse would
take from 200-250 years, and would involve this cycle. "From bondage-->to
spiritual faith--> to great courage-->to liberty-->to abundance-->to complacency-->to
apathy-->dependency -->back to bondage.
His claim that the average democracy would last only 200-250 years
was well supported in those and later reviews by Congressman Davy Crockett,
who claimed government money was "Not Yours to Give" to charity, and by
Frederik Bastiat in THE LAW, which claimed that LEGAL PLUNDER, theft
by government making legal taking from producers, by force, and giving
to non-producers involved a REVERSE ROBIN HOOD effect. Simply that many
who receive the gifts or grants were better off than many of the folks
who paid into the system!
Repeatedly over the years in these reviews, it has been argued that
common sense, history and current events prove conclusively that governments
which begin giving away tax income are doomed to collapse. Examples
are numerous! A simple one takes a look at a typical six cylinder
motor. Running smoothly with power to burn when all six pistons are
performing, the car slows down and eventually comes to a halt if one, then
two, or even as few as just three of the pistons fail to function.
A common sense argument says that an economy must be much the same.
When 10%, 20%, or up to 50% of the people are either working for
the government or living off of its gifts, that eventually collapse is
certain! And a thinking person must admit that our own nation,
now over 250 years old, dating back to the 1776 Declaration of Independence,
has been near or even over that 50% of its citizens, those either working
for the generously giving government or living off of its gifts!
And Venezuela today, and ample examples in history exist which prove
Editor’s note: The above is the RNR that was supposed to run last
week. We somehow reinserted the previous week’s column instead.
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