As I noted in this TV interview, that last thing a parasite should want is to kill its host animal. This is why leftists are making a big mistake by over-taxing, over-spending, and over-regulating. Simply stated, if they want to live as moochers, they need to make sure someone is producing. In other words, don’t steal so much that the victims stop generating any wealth. Michael Barone, writing about the corrupt “Chicago Way” for Townhall, makes a similar point:
One prime assumption of the Chicago Way is that there will always be a bounteous private sector that politicians can plunder endlessly. …So it’s natural for a Chicago Way president to assume that higher taxes and a hugely expensive health care regime will not make a perceptible dent in the nation’s private sector economy. There will always be plenty to plunder. Crony capitalism also comes naturally to a Chicago Way president. Use some sweeteners to get the drug companies and the docs to sign onto the health care plan. If the health insurers start bellyaching, whack them a few times in public to make them go along. Design a financial reform that Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase can live with even while you assail “Wall Street fat cats.” The big guys will understand that you have to provide the voters with some political theater while you give them what they want.