Every so often, I try to appeal to statists by explaining to them that it’s not in their self interest to steal too much.
Why? Because if you kill off the geese that lay the golden eggs, what will you do tomorrow when nobody is left to produce?
Heck, even the former leftist President of Brazil understood that there can’t be any redistribution if there’s no production.
I’m not sure I’ve been overly successful, but perhaps this Chuck Asay cartoon will help get the point across.
The cartoon is akin to the fable of the ant and the grasshopper. But the “modern” version of the story, featuring coerced redistribution that causes the ant to no longer be productive.
Heck, it’s also what we see in the PC version of The Little Red Hen. And the same theme can be found in the amusing anecdote that uses beer to explain the corrosive impact of a “progressive” tax system.
The moral of the story – in every case – is that you shouldn’t be too greedy if you’re living off others.
In my speeches, I often joke that a tick or a flea is in trouble if it’s feasting on a dog that dies. Well, on a more serious note, this can happen to countries. Greece is in deep trouble because there are too many people riding in the wagon and not enough people pulling the wagon.
We’re not there yet, but I don’t like the trend.