Thomas in the morning on Tuesday

Another BEEootiful day here in NEFL, hope yours is as wonderful as mine. Got up early enough – and the ol man is sleeping late enough – to get this post done in the morning instead of having to wait till everyone else has gone home (the Pixie) or to work (My Chief, Retired).

In a recent speechification, BarryO uttered a line that made me shudder. Dr. Sowell caught it, too. The line was, “at some point, you have made enough money.” Dr. Sowell and I both noticed that ‘you.’

From Dr. Sowell’s column, at

The key word in this statement, made by President Barack Obama recently, is “you.” There is nothing wrong with my deciding how much money is enough for me or your deciding how much money is enough for you, but when politicians think that they should be deciding how much money is enough for other people, that is starting down a very slippery slope.

Politicians with the power to determine each citizen’s income are no longer public servants. They are public masters.

Dr. Sowell continues:

Once you buy the argument that some segment of the citizenry should lose their rights, just because they are envied or resented, you are putting your own rights in jeopardy — quite aside from undermining any moral basis for respecting anybody’s rights. You are opening the floodgates to arbitrary power. And once you open the floodgates, you can’t tell the water where to go.

Please, do yourself a favor – read the whole thing.


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