Framing the Dialogue

Phrase-e-ology – Our Fate

Many times as I read an article I find a few sentences that capture the essence of the piece.  In “Phrase-e-ology” I’ll post some thought followed by key phrases.  As always I’ll have a link (in blue) to the original article.

It is hard not to grab some great phrases from an author like Walter Williams.  His recent article asks the question of whether we (America) deserves our fate (still avoidable at this point).  Pointing out that our culture is following in the footsteps of some historical empires like that of the Romans, Spanish, French, and English where…

“government spends money for the shallow and immediate wants of the population and civic virtue all but disappears.”

“Think about the term “entitlement.” If one American is entitled to something he didn’t earn, where in the world does Congress get the money?”

“The only way Congress can give one American a dollar is to first take it from another American.”

“An entitlement is a congressionally given right for one American to live at the expense of another.”

“In other words, Congress forcibly uses one American to serve the purposes of another American. As such, it differs in degree, but not kind, from that uglier part of our history where black people were forcibly used to serve the purposes of their slave masters.”

“What about the terms “discretionary” versus “nondiscretionary” congressional spending? Nondiscretionary refers to uncontrollable things, such as sunsets and sunrises, low tides and high tides and laws of thermodynamics.  By contrast, all congressional spending is discretionary and controllable. For political expedience, Congress has written laws to shield certain spending from annual budget scrutiny by calling it nondiscretionary.”

all congressional spending is discretionary and controllable.” [emphasis added]

“If tax revenues soar but congressional spending soars more, budget deficits cannot be avoided.”



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