Thanks to the freedom that we are guaranteed here in America, personal responsibility must always be a priority. We cannot have one without the other – despite how often the democratic agenda tends to shove us toward globalism or socialism.
If we don’t grow into adulthood with discipline and perspective, we are doomed to hand our freedom over to tyrants of one sort or another. We see this today in the digital realm, where we gladly toss our privacy to the wind in order to play around on our cell phones and fall into the time-suck quagmires of social media. Facebook and others are constantly harvesting our data, and selling to the highest bidder in order for massive corporations to weasel their ways into our pockets in every move invasive maneuvers.
The same holds true for hard work. When we accomplish something, anything, we take responsibility for those actions and their results. This is the personal responsibility that allows freedom to continue ringing here in America. We don’t look to the state to provide for us, nor are we looking for charity. The American Dream is not so much a guarantee as it is an opportunity, and one that takes maturity and wisdom to achieve.
That’s why so many people took umbrage with former President Barack Obama’s “you didn’t build that” quip, in which he insinuated that wealthy, successful businesses weren’t solely responsible for their achievements. Instead, Obama was attempting to say that “we” built “your” business – a very communal way of looking at things, sure, but also a wild detraction for those whose blood, sweat, and tears have contributed to their success.
Freshman Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has now contributed to this doctrine, conveying her belief that the wealthy wouldn’t be there without those who “earned” this success for them.
Tlaib introduced her anti-poverty legislation – the Building Our Opportunities to Survive and Thrive (BOOST) Act – last month and spoke about it at the NAACP convention over the weekend. The proposal offers a guaranteed income – up to $6,000 per year – to families and individuals under certain financial thresholds via a “refundable tax credit that can be paid monthly.”
Then came some positively socialist concepts…
“Recently, I introduced the Boost Act. This legislation completely repeals the GOP Tax Scam that is only helping wealthy individuals – the rich, the corporations,” she told the crowd.
“And do you know what I did with that money? Do you know what I said? We’re going to go ahead and put it in the pockets of folks like everyday Americans,” she said, noting that families making less than $100,000 could get up to $6,000 per year.
Taking the moral route, Tlaib said it is important to give money back to the people who actually “earned” it, suggesting that wealthy individuals do not earn or deserve to keep the fruits of their labor.
“That’s what we do with our public dollars. We give it back to the people– the people that earned it,” Tlaib said.
Tlaib is a member of the so-called “Squad” of freshmen Congresswomen who have been vicious in their berating of Donald Trump as of late, calling the Commander in Chief a “racist”, and imploring Congress to impeach the President.
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