"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Another Brick in the Wall


From Why Mommy is a Democrat by Jeremy Zilber. (HT: InstaP.) Cool. I think I could turn a few bucks off this.






From Why Daddy Left Us and Now He Wants to Kill Us (in progress)

10 comments:

Tlaloc said...

I tend to think the various political indoctrination books for kids are kind of creepy.

Hunter Baker said...

I tend to think of big government and redistribution programs as being kind of like the mafia. Just a big, coercive middle man who is going to have his way with your resources whether you like it or not. If the mommy thing is more apt, I'm sure we are all wondering when we will grow up.

Jay D. Homnick said...

My best friend as a kid was Richie Folch (RIP) who was annoyed that the nuns in Catholic School would not allow him to bring candy to school unless he brought a piece for everyone in the class.

Would the same Democrat-lovers buy a copy of Why Mommy is a Catholic if it said that she's a Catholic because the nuns make her share her candy? Just asking.

Tlaloc said...

"I tend to think of big government and redistribution programs as being kind of like the mafia. Just a big, coercive middle man who is going to have his way with your resources whether you like it or not."

Um except the Mafia takes money for itself. If anything you;d have to say that redistribution politics is like Robin Hood. The wealthy get a little pain to help the poor.

Of course in those terms it's hard to say it's a bad thing...



"If the mommy thing is more apt, I'm sure we are all wondering when we will grow up."

When you are ready to live without a government.

mark said...

Conservatively the government keeps 50% of what it takes in for itself and wanting the govenment to its job instead of mommies is not the same as wanting to live without it, anymore than I would want to live without mommy.

Tlaloc said...

"Conservatively the government keeps 50% of what it takes in for itself"

How do you figure? Not like the Government has a big bank account that is getting padded year after year. Quite the opposite actually as it runs a deficit. That's not possible if it takes in more than it gives out, right?



"and wanting the govenment to its job instead of mommies is not the same as wanting to live without it,"

Government's job is always to be our parent. It has no other role. It may be the parent that protects us from the other kids, the stern parent who punishes our transgressions, the nurturing parent that soothes our aches, the parent that doles out our alowance, and so on...

But it is always a parent of one sort or another. Hence if you want to grow up you need to out grow government entirely.

James Elliott said...

Conservatively the government keeps 50% of what it takes in for itself

So confused. How is this even possible? As Tlaloc points out, if the government runs a deficit, its hardly padding its pocket. I think this is related to the giant myth that government somehow takes our tax dollars and shoves them in a mattress. Government is a consumer. It buys supplies, pays people salary money with which they become consumers (even domestic welfare) - it's a fallacy to believe that tax dollars don't get injected straight back into the economy. Only the smallest portion (foreign aid) can even be argued that it doesn't go straight back into the American economy.

mark said...

Sorry I'm so confusing. It's the overhead. The government takes 100 dollars for education and 10 of them make it to the classroom. In some areas they do better than others. Only in defense of the country do we seem to get what we pay for.

tlaloc, your analogy of the government always being our parent is the most frightening liberal idea in our nation. All analogies are ultimately false, but this starts out that way. The Governments job is to restrain evil, period. I do not want it involved in my rearing at all, period. There is nothing paternal there.

Matt Huisman said...

Interesting definition of the government's job, Mark. I'll have to think about that. Personally, I had always thought that "We the People..." sounded a lot like an outsourcing arrangement.

Tlaloc said...

"The Governments job is to restrain evil, period."

And evil is defined as...