I have been critiqued (rightly so) for often taking a neutral position on controversial subjects. I ask questions and point out flaws in bad policy or ideas, but would rarely ‘give my own opinion’. In this entry, I picked a controversial subject: low income employment. And I have picked my position: socialist attitudes damage employment opportunities for low income earners.
airness is a contagious disease the socialists try to spread to as many people as possible. **Not fairness in the sense of equal work for equal pay, or treating others fairly. Fairness in the sense of taking another man’s scoop of ice-cream because he has 3 and you have 1** This disease is hidden within the overt trumpeting of the socialist claim of ‘valuing people’, so it is sometime tricky to spot. “Fairness = valuing people” is a dangerous weapon tax and spend socialists try to impose on Canadians. It destroys wealth. If forecasts a future of constant dependence on government for success. It undermines the potential of an individual who was beautifully created to serve others, solve problems and create.
Valuing people is not found in helping others abdicate responsibility, it is found in helping others take responsibility.
In what context do you want to help others take responsibility?
-Governments are not designed to create wealth. The private sector creates wealth.
-Governments are not designed to ‘help people’ with significant challenges to working. Charity groups, faith groups, private citizens ought to fulfil that role. Least we ‘teach’ people with significant challenges, “your government is your source to solving your problems”. What an unfortunate position to relegate others to.
-Friends, family and loved ones are prime candidates to help heal broken hearts, not expensive government programs. Compassion has the potential to break through a seemingly impossible situation. Relationships with people ought to be the source for this breakthrough, not a government programs.
Do we not all desire to see people who have significant struggles find meaningful employment? Is meaningful employment not serving others? Is it not creating new things? Do we not get paid to solve problems?
To the degree you believe we were built to serve, solve and create (and enjoy our successes and learn from our harsh failures) within the honorable field of work, you should equally consider the free market is the optimal place to do that (almost true by definition). Plucking a struggling person out of the free market, and dragging them into a socialistic program undermines the very nature as to how a person was designed. In order to serve, solve and create (and enjoy benefits) within a free market, we must learn from failure by confronting the root cause (not withdrawing and getting our answers in life paid for by others taxes). Often times we need to develop the skill of leaning in others to learn the lesson. Do not ruin the opportunity found within failure for anybody by sending them off to a government paid program. You are telling that person, “You cannot gain meaningful lessons from the harsh free market to the degree of overcoming your challenges. We are going to get others to pay for you to take a ‘time out’ from the cruel free market. The government will now help you.” This devaluing statement is often subconsciously felt by others when they receive help. Most of the people I talked to wish they did not have to receive help from the government.
Compassion cries out: love the person who is struggling to hold a job. YOU be the answer to their issues hindering them from work. You be the teacher. You be the comforter. You be available to know the shoes they are walking in, the pain that caused them such distress. You are not government paid, you are free of charge! Also, you are speaking from success found within the free market (so you are practising what you preach…where the socialist cannot, as they are not creating wealth, only spending other people’s).
In my life, compassion from others loving on me in my greatest times of need was the solution that allowed me to take several drubbings from the harsh free market and still stand. My lessons have been painful, but rewarding. I have seen a number of people leap miles ahead by taking the hit from the free market then ask, “what do I need to change in me to advance in my work?”. Meaningful action from this question could shrink our program expenses drastically and inspire many to progress by targeting and conquering their greatest challenges. Sometimes there is too much pain and hurt to ask this question. All is not lost. There is hope! Being loved by family and friends (faith groups if no family or friends) is a powerful answer to building a stable attendance and mind for the job you are targeting.
All the pluralism in the world will not trump the reality that your value is fixed and high. Overcoming the challenges to keep a job in the free market requires you to learn the lessons the free market teaches you. Socialist attitudes hurt struggling people with lower-income away from free market opportunities of meaningful employment.