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John Kerry: Freedom for Me but Not for Thee

If the American people voted for Democrats this past election cycle because they want to reduce and restrict their personal freedoms, particularly in how they spend their own hard earned money, they got exactly what they wanted. During debate about the spendulus bill that the Democrats are pushing through the senate (And don't even try arguing Collins' and Specter's votes mean it is a "bipartisan" bill. They are nothing but Democrats in Republicans' clothing.), John Kerry stamped his little control freak, metro-sexual feet and whined about how the tax cuts that are included give the American people too much freedom over their own money:

I've supported many tax cuts over the years, and there are tax cuts in this proposal. But a tax cut is non-targeted.

If you put a tax cut into the hands of a business or family, there's no guarantee that they're going to invest that or invest it in America.

They're free to go invest anywhere that they want if they choose to invest.

This is a socialist's worst fear. Allowing the American people the freedom to invest their money the way they want without any government intervention means the elitists who think they know better but don't can't dictate where the money is spent. To the socialist's mind, all money - all activity if you really want to be honest - is to be spent for the good of the collective and not for the good of the individual who earned that money, which is what John Kerry said on the floor of the senate.


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"They're free to go invest ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"They're free to go invest anywhere that they want if they choose to invest."

This is just a smoke screen by Kerry to mask socialism. After all where is your normal family of 4 going to go spend their money? ON a trip to Europe? The Bahamas?

Nope most will spend it within 30 miles of home if not on bills. Bills which when paid ensures that companies to whom the bills are owed can continue to employ people and make products and services. Sure some will get spent on the internet but most of that money will get spent on companies in the US.

I wonder how much of THeresa's money is invested overseas or is hidden in a Caymans or Swiss bank.

Wow, Kim, great imagination... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Wow, Kim, great imagination! Bush's tax rebate check is generally considered a failed economic stimulus because most people just used it to pay down debt rather than spend (i.e., invest in America). So by targeting incentives for getting that money flowing back into the economy, now it's suddenly socialism.

And I suppose capital gains tax cuts are socialism because they target a particular area of the economy with an incentive for investment.

I thought the whole "socialism" meme died off after the election, once the right realized the American people weren't that stupid. But I suppose there's always a place for fear-mongering. In either case, you write nice fiction.

"The reason why men enter i... (Below threshold)
Clay:

"The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property; and the end while they choose and authorise a legislative is that there may be laws made, and rules set, as guards and fences to the properties of all the society, to limit the power and moderate the dominion of every part and member of the society. For since it can never be supposed to be the will of the society that the legislative should have a power to destroy that which every one designs to secure by entering into society, and for which the people submitted themselves to legislators of their own making: whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge which God hath provided for all men against force and violence. Whensoever, therefore, the legislative shall transgress this fundamental rule of society, and either by ambition, fear, folly, or corruption, endeavor to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other, an absolute power over the lives, liberties, and estates of the people, by this breach of trust they [the government officials] forfeit the power the people had put into their hands for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the people, who have a right to resume their original liberty, and by the establishment of a new legislative (such as they shall think fit), provide for their own safety and security..."
--John Locke; Second Essay Concerning Civil Government (Emphasis added)

John Locke, 1632-1704, was an important English philosopher, whose political views have been profoundly influential to the philosophy of America's founding. His views on government were expressed in his work Two Treatises of Government. He asserted that government rests on the consent of the governed and that revolution is permissible when government subverts the natural rights (life, liberty and property) of the people.

"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." --Thomas Jefferson; The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America (Emphasis added)

Education before activism.

What's even more amusing, o... (Below threshold)
STaylor:

What's even more amusing, or enraging take your pick, is that the Dems will rage and cry that there is "sooo much tax cuts in this bill, we're giving the republicans exactly what they want" and completly obfusticating (if I spent that last word wrong I take full responsibility) the fact that a good portion of these 'tax cuts' go to people who don't pay taxes. I personnally would call that welfare, but lets not get bogged down in details

I thought the whole "soc... (Below threshold)
Clay:

I thought the whole "socialism" meme died off after the election, once the right realized the American people weren't that stupid.

No. There were two socialists campaigning in the last election. Until Americans realize that there is a third alternative - Juris Naturalism - the march towards socialism will continue. It began when we abandoned our Republic form of government in favor of democracy as a result of our War Between the States. The inevitable progression from democracy is socialism, and then totalitarianism. The Founders knew this. Kerry either is ignorant or he is evil.

Both of the prevalent parties, Democrats & Republicans, are bad for this country. One wants my economic freedom, while the other covets my social freedom. The Founders were neither, and that's why our country flourished for a season. Democracy is nothing more than tyranny of the majority, as contrasted between the American and French Revolutions.

American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt bath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth, and has no idea of being guilty of the folly of martyrdom. It always, when about to enter a protest, very blandly informs the wild beast whose path it essays to stop, that its "bark is worse than its bite," and that it only means to save its manners by enacting its decent role of resistance. The only practical purpose which it now subserves in American politics is to give enough exercise to Radicalism to keep it "in wind," and to prevent its becoming pursy and lazy from having nothing to whip. --R.L. Dabney

The only revolution for which we are prepared is one like the French Revolution. We are a highly-skilled, but poorly educated nation. Who has read Locke, or the Constitution, or the Declaration of Independence lately? Who has ever read The Federalist Papers? Who understands the difference between the philosophies of Jefferson versus Hamilton?

Education before activism.

Kiss,Kiss Kim. Brian show... (Below threshold)
Greg:

Kiss,Kiss Kim. Brian shows his love again! Wow!

John Fn Kerry is a golddigg... (Below threshold)
914:

John Fn Kerry is a golddigger who feeds off other peoples wealth.

Two words for Kerry - Fcuk ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Two words for Kerry - Fcuk Off!

And a P.S.

Hey "Mr. I Report for Duty," have you sold all your financial holdings that have invested in foreign companies?

I was watching the debate a... (Below threshold)
Tom:

I was watching the debate and many of his comments were not included in the congressional record (they can revise before publication). He also said that peopleshould not have their own money because they might spend it incorrectly sure they might buy cars but they might buy the "wrong ones" and that is not good stimulus. Welcome to the brave new world.




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