Every so often, one finds support for good policy in unexpected places.
I don’t follow the music scene, so all I know about Gene Simmons is that he is with the band called Kiss and that he’s famous for his tongue and for sleeping with nearly 5,000 women (whether those two factoids are interconnected is a subject for another day).
But it turns out that Mr. Simmons is an astute observer of political economy.
Here’s what he had to say in the UK-based Sun.
Countries are a house of cards — and when the bottom few cards fall down they all topple over. Look at Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Italy. …It’s so simple. If you spend more than you tax, you’re out of business. MPs don’t know what they’re talking about. And we created this miserable economic state. It’s like fat people who think it’s the bakery’s fault they got fat. …It’s your responsibility to be a grown-up and take care of yourself. Thank God we have lending institutions and banks. The planes that fly through the sky, the phones we use every day, the cars we drive, the houses we live in, the entire economy is all funded by firms who borrow in return for interest. …Capitalism is the best thing that ever happened to human beings. The welfare state sounds wonderful but it doesn’t work. Governments hand out more money than they have to support welfare and they land in debt. Then they have to borrow money — and then there’s interest on top of that. That’s bad business. And it has created a culture of entitlement. When I was growing up my mother went to work. There was no welfare. If you worked, you made money. If you didn’t work, you had to figure it out — you’d go and wash dishes. The new breed of 20-year-olds don’t want to do those jobs. …People say things like: “Oh, you make so much money. What do you need any more for?” Well, actually, b*tch, I never asked for your opinion. I’ll let you know when I have enough money.
His comments on the entitlement mentality and the culture of dependency are especially remarkable.