Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Old Values Are Unsung but They Worked Just Fine

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Old Values Are Unsung but They Worked Just Fine

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A recent New York Times headline read, "Raising Taxes on the Wealthiest Would Pay for Bold Plans." The story says that by soaking the rich "the government could raise large amounts of revenue ... while still allowing them to take home a majority of their income."

Nowhere in the story, nor in the promises of Democratic presidential candidates, is there a single word about whether more government spending will produce the promised outcomes. We are to take this on faith, despite past performance being a good indicator of future results. Also absent is any expectation individuals have more power than government to direct and improve their lives.

That's because to the left, government is much like a deity to be worshipped rather than a servant of the people. If you don't worship at the leftist shrine, you're labeled unsympathetic toward the poor.

What keeps most of the poor locked in poverty is propaganda from the left, which tells them they cannot succeed without government assistance, which, in turn, leads them to a series of bad choices and a state of perpetual victimhood. Look at America's big cities, dominated by Democrats, to see how that's working. Once we talked about people who overcame difficult circumstances; now we just sing about overcoming ... someday.

Charles Koch and his brother David are reviled by the left because they contribute large amounts of money to Republicans. Never mind that George Soros does the same for Democrats. The normally reclusive Charles is doing interviews to promote his new book "Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World's Most Successful Companies."

Speaking with Megyn Kelly on the Fox News Channel, Charles read a letter his father sent him about his inheritance: "If you choose to let this money destroy your initiative and independence, then it will be a curse to you and my action in giving it to you will have been a mistake. …

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