When taxes are too high,
people go hungry.
When the government is too intrusive,
people lose their spirit.
Act for the people’s benefit.
Trust them; leave them alone.
(Tao Te Ching, chapter 75, translation by Stephen Mitchell)
What I Really Want
As much as I love this chapter for its truth and brevity, every time I come back around to it, I always find it difficult to know what to add, in the way of commentary, to it.
As I read it, again and again, I think to myself, “Isn’t this obvious?” Yet, the powers that be either don’t know, or they don’t care.
There are actually people in power who think taxes aren’t too high already. And, they will insist, as they push to penalize producers, even more, that they are doing it for the benefit of the most disadvantaged among us. And, many people actually believe them. Beware those who say the rich aren’t paying their fair share. The so-called rich won’t be the ones bearing the brunt of whatever scheme they have cooked up to make them pay their fair share.
Whatever that is.
I am going to go off the reservation a little bit here, and just come right out with it. Everything our leaders come up with to “help” us is designed, solely, to enrich the ruling class. The parasites among us. The leeches. Tax policies have always been designed to penalize producers, and enrich the parasites. And, you know who gets hurt the most? It is always the most disadvantaged among us. They are the ones who will be going hungry. Yet, I actually hear people that I otherwise believe are good-hearted people complaining about these very people gaming the system. Really? You want to know who is really gaming the system? It ain’t the poor and disadvantaged.
Don’t let them blind you with class envy. Don’t fall for the rhetoric which is designed to have us pointing fingers at each other. It isn’t the poor and disadvantaged that are the parasites. And, it isn’t the producers, either. Please understand this. The ruling class doesn’t produce anything. Except for misery for anyone who isn’t them. They are the parasites.
And, then there is how all too intrusive the government is, in every aspect of our lives. They distract us with all sorts of cheap thrills. Sports. Entertainment. The corporate media is very good at empowering the powers that be. I am actually looking forward to the new Oliver Stone movie “Snowden”. I have always been skeptical of Mr. Stone’s work in the past. But, I am hearing very good things about this one. The people need to know the truth. They need to know why it is they have lost their spirit. Edward Snowden is a unique individual. Maybe one of only a small handful that come along once in a generation. May his sacrifices not be in vain.
What do I want? What do I really want? I want our leaders to act for the people’s benefit. That shouldn’t be such a great thing. I don’t want them to just say they will. Or, to insist that they are. For they most assuredly are not. If they were, they would trust us, and leave us alone.