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The story is told of a New England farmer with a small pond in his pasture. Each summer, a group of wild ducks would frequent that pond but, try as he would, the farmer could never catch one. No matter how early in the morning he approached, or how carefully he constructed a blind, or what kind of duck call he tried, somehow those crafty birds sensed the danger and managed to be out of range. Of course, when fall arrived, the ducks headed South, and the farmer’s craving for a duck dinner only intensified.
Then he got an idea. Early in the spring, he started scattering corn along the edge of the pond. The ducks liked the corn and, since it was always there, they soon gave up dipping and foraging for food of their own. After a while, they became used to the farmer and began to trust him. They could see he was their benefactor and they now walked close to him with no sense of fear. Life was so easy, they forgot how to fly. But that was unimportant, because they were now so fat they couldn’t have gotten off the water even if they had tried.
Fall came, and the ducks stayed. Winter came and the pond froze. The farmer built a shelter to keep them warm. The ducks were happy because they didn’t have to fly. And the farmer was especially happy because, each week all winter long, he had a delicious duck dinner.
Originally posted by FortAnthem
reply to post by SubTruth
This whole thing is beyond left vs right; it shows how both sides work together to advance the interests of the elites while keeping up the facade of opposition.
The lefties create all those social safety nets to give the workers the feeling of financial security. They are popular with the workers and have been come to be known as "entitlements". Each one of these safety nets have been used by big business as an excuse to take more and more away from the workers.
It is debatable whether these programs were created to destroy the middle class and economic security or whether they were just exploited by big business to erode employee pay to the point it is at today. It is entirely possible that the safety net system was created by men of good faith, just looking to give a hand up to the workers but, at some point, government and business began working together to advance the social safety net system in order to increase the power of business.
With each advance in the social safety net system, that was one less thing that employees would look to their employers for. The system moved responsibility for the workers from business to big government, allowing business to keep a larger share of their profits while taking more away from their workers.
They keep up the facade of opposition to make the workers long for more from their government until it has reached the point that the American people look to the government to solve all their problems. Big business only exists to make a profit for its stockholders anymore. Gone are the days when it was expected that business would also work for the benefit of society. That notion is silly by today's standards; looking after society is solely the job of big government by today's way of thinking.
The problem is; all these safety nets are but shadows of what had been previously provided by the corporations. Social Security benefits are but a pittance compared to what the old pension system could provide. Big government can only provide one size fits all solutions to all problems and, with worker's wages on the decline, tax revenues from the diminishing middle class can hardly cover all that the government is asked to do.