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American Dream? Rep. Schakowsky thinks we should work for free

WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), who recently made news saying "[Americans] don’t deserve to keep all of [their money]" speaks during a news conferenceon Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), who recently made news saying "[Americans] don’t deserve to keep all of [their money]" speaks during a news conferenceon Capitol Hill.
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When Dem Rep. Schakowsky says Americans don’t deserve to keep all of their money because we need taxes to support our society, it as if she has no idea that we in Cook County and all over Illinois can hear her, too. Yes, President Washington recognized the necessity of taxes, but not on the basis of merit, specifically the worthiness of citizenry to claim the benefits of their efforts. Similarly, when President Obama talked about "returning to '67 borders" and made Prime Minister Netanyahu wait as he ate dinner; he seemed unaware that it would have a real effect on the psyche (and voting habits, most important) of typically Liberal, American Jews in disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner's abandoned district. In fact, his perceived disrespect of Israel's head of state may have turned a district that had been blue for approximately 90 The *Democrat who supported Republican, Bob Turner actually said yesterday that he "hoped his support would send a message to the White House that Jewish Americans were dissatisfied with Obama's policies on Israel -- namely the president's position that a future Mideast peace solution requires Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders, with land swaps." Illinois' Congresswoman, Jan Schakowsky (D-IL, 9) and President Obama share an apparent inability to predict the repercussions of their actions and declarations amongst important constituencies.

Mrs. Schakowsky's statements, while no less ideological and damaging are less specific; and so, they touch a wider population. That is to say, her contention regarding earned income concerns all working people. So, whether they have a worn copy of 1984 in their bookcase and hear 'Big Brother' in her words; whether they voted for Cook County's hometown hero, Barack Obama; whether they are devoutly tuning in to learn the policy positions in this, the 'pre-season' of Republican debates.... All of these folks are likely to be outraged.

What the Representative has said, in essence, is that she believes in a system that makes Government Bureaucrats the owners of the People. Under the umbrella of this would-be system, the People are laborers whose time and toil is not their own - it belongs to the Goverment. The People are not the Government under Rep. Schakowsky's system, and elected officals do not work for us. We the People work for the State. There is no reward for the People's loss of time and for the exertion of effort. In her anointed vision, the work in which people engage as a means of earning their living - necessities and luxuries for themselves and for their families, if they have them - has a different end.

We the People are meant to be compelled to serve, and the results of our service are to be directed at the discretion of Government Bureaucrats. According to this anointed vision, this is because "what government is, is those things that we decide to do together. And there are many things that we decide to do together like have our national security. Like have police and fire. What about the people that work at the National Institute of Health who are looking for a cure for cancer....” The problem is, Mrs. Schakowsky's 'we' sounds like 'I'. Her vision is one of drudgery, of bondage.

Ideology like that of Rep. Schakowsky may frighten individuals of every stripe. Ideology like that of Rep. Schakowsky is the foundation of policies that is likely to feel wrong, viscerally. That is because, whatever you say is the root of this kind of political thinking; the result is theft.

Callous disregard for the American dream, which envisions gathering together for dinner, photographing soccer games, enjoying pizza and popcorn on family night, is likely to be a very bitter pill. The time a man dedicates to building a future at his post of employment is stolen...and redistributed under Rep. Schakowsky's vision. The deep concerns of the electorate could arise - as we recently saw in Mr. Weiner's district in New York. And that is very dangerous.

We the People might decide that while we do deserve to keep all of our money, represenatives like Mrs. Schakowsky do not deserve their jobs.


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