Why it’s never enough …

by Larry Oxenham, Publisher

Reader Caroline sent this great Jewish story that applies to and explains so much about life today in America and much of the world.

In Israel there’s the Sea of Life and the Sea of Death.

The Galilee is the Sea of Life; it is alive.

The Dead Sea is, of course, Dead.

The Galilee never stops giving water.

The Dead Sea only receives water, but gives nothing in return.

Those who give are alive but those who only get are dead.

The Sea of Life always flows into the Sea of Death, it never stops.

Of course, ‘life’ and ‘death’ are used here metaphorically, but the comparison is so appropriate to the world, and America, today.

The Galilee is the working, productive members of society; the Dead Sea is those depending on the government for their income, lifestyle, expectations and motivation.

The Galilee, through taxes, gives to support those who do not produce.

Some do not produce because they can’t.

Some do not produce because they don’t want to.

Some do not produce because they don’t have to.

ALL WHO DO NOT PRODUCE DEPEND ON SOMEONE WHO DOES PRODUCE TO SUPPORT THEM.

But there is another element even more important:

THOSE WHO DO NOT PRODUCE ARE RARELY GRATEFUL FOR WHAT THEY RECEIVE/TAKE!

In fact, those who get something for free often believe they are entitled to more.

For example, I have several family members who have lived off the government for many years, mainly because they can – free money facilitates being lazy! – and every time I see them they complain they didn’t get a ‘raise’, that the money isn’t enough, and that they have to deal with the ‘stupid government‘ people to pick up their checks.

When schools run into a fiscal problem the ‘solution’ 100% of the time is more money.

When the homeless overrun a city, as they are doing in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the solution 100% of the time is more money.

When a government program, any government program, fails the solution is more money.

Many colleges and universities now include a ‘Foot Stamp Registration’ booth at their open houses to encourage as many students as possible to learn how easy it is to get government money.

Our Federal Government has put up billboards near the border telling immigrants, legal or not, to be sure to apply for food stamps and welfare once in the country.

There are many in America and the world today who believe those who produce have unlimited resources they can tap to ‘fix’ any problem.

And even talking about taking away something free – an entitlement – from those who receive it inspires more than just angst:

  • Greece had riots recently when they threatened to lower benefit payments their citizens receive because the government is broke.
  • France had strikes when they said they needed union employees to work more than 30 hours a week if France was to be competitive in the world markets.
  • And in the US the Bernie Sanders’ followers are certain they are entitled to what others get and have the support of many in the Government and much of the US media.
  • Recent protests demanding a $15 minimum wage did not include promises to get more educated or improve productivity.

THERE SEEMS TO BE AN EPIDEMIC OF ‘GIVE IT TO ME FREE’ IN THE WORLD TODAY.

But, as Margaret Thatcher famously said, “The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.”

And, as the citizens of Venezuela recently learned, when you run out of money you run out of bread, and milk, and toilet paper! (And, by the way, the Wealthiest person in the country is Hugo Chavez’ daughter. Hmmm ….)

It seems to us there is a strong movement in the workplace, in politics, in academia and in the media today to portray those who produce as owing those who do not.

We have seen a massive growth in government in the past few years, one that seems to be accelerating; at some point in coming years the voters – that’s you and me – will have to decide if we want to control our lives or turn that control and our paychecks over the government.

The people of Britain just ‘staged’ an emphatic protest against centralized government, taxes without corresponding value, and the ability to make their own economic pathway.

No matter what direction the people choose, no matter how much they give, those who receive will remind us ‘it is never enough’.

But the Sea of Galilee is a fixed body of water unable to provide unlimited benefits to the population that is the Dead Sea.

Maybe one day the Kardashian viewing will go down and the collective intelligence will rise … but then again, maybe now.

Your thoughts are welcomed …

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4 comments on “Why it’s never enough …
  1. David Akins says:

    I haven’t verified this personally but even the thought of it is terrifying and a very good reason to vote leave……………..

    Could this be why a majority voted to leave the EU?
    Here are several reasons, all courtesy of Facebook!

    • Cadbury moved factory to Poland 2011 with EU grant.
    • Ford Transit moved to Turkey 2013 with EU grant.
    • Jaguar Land Rover has recently agreed to build a new plant in Slovakia with EU grant, owned by Tata, the same company who have trashed our steel works and emptied the workers’ pension funds.
    • Peugeot closed its Ryton (was Rootes Group) plant and moved production to Slovakia with EU grant.
    • British Army’s new Ajax fighting vehicles to be built in SPAIN using SWEDISH steel at the request of the EU to support jobs in Spain with EU grant, rather than Wales.
    • Dyson gone to Malaysia, with an EU loan.
    • Crown Closures, Bournemouth (Was METAL BOX), gone to Poland with EU grant, once employed 1,200.
    • M&S manufacturing gone to far east with EU loan.
    • Hornby models gone. In fact, all toys and models now gone from UK along with their patents, all with EU grants.
    • Gillette gone to eastern Europe with EU grant.
    • Texas Instruments Greenock gone to Germany with EU grant.
    • Indesit at Bodelwyddan Wales gone with EU grant.
    • Sekisui Alveo said production at its Merthyr Tydfil Industrial Park foam plant will relocate production to Roermond in the Netherlands, with EU funding.
    • Hoover Merthyr factory moved out of UK to Czech Republic and the Far East by Italian company Candy with EU backing.
    • ICI integration into Holland’s AkzoNobel with EU bank loan and within days of the merger, several factories in the UK, were closed, eliminating 3,500 jobs
    • Boots sold to Italians Stefano Pessina who have based their HQ in Switzerland to avoid tax to the tune of £80 million a year, using an EU loan for the purchase.
    • JDS Uniphase run by two Dutch men, bought up companies in the UK with £20 million in EU ‘regeneration’ grants, created a pollution nightmare and just closed it all down leaving 1,200 out of work and an environmental clean-up paid for by the UK tax-payer. They also raided the pension fund and drained it dry.
    • UK airports are owned by a Spanish company.
    • Scottish Power is owned by a Spanish company.
    • Most London buses are run by Spanish and German companies.
    • The Hinkley Point C Nuclear power station to be built by French company EDF, part owned by the French government, using cheap Chinese steel that has catastrophically failed in other nuclear installations. Now EDF say the costs will be double or more and it will be very late, even if it does come online.
    • Swindon was once our producer of rail locomotives and rolling stock. Not any more, it’s Bombardier in Derby and due to their losses in the aviation market, that could see the end of the British railways manufacturing altogether even though Bombardier had EU grants to keep Derby going which they diverted to their loss-making aviation side in Canada.
    • 39% of British invention patents have been passed to foreign companies, many of them in the EU
    • The Mini cars that Cameron stood in front of as an example of British engineering, are built by BMW mostly in Holland and Austria. His campaign bus was made in Germany even though we have Plaxton, Optare, Bluebird, Dennis etc., in the UK. The bicycle for the Greens was made in the far east, not by Raleigh UK but then they are probably going to move to the Netherlands too as they have said recently.

    Anyone who thinks the EU is good for British industry or any other business simply hasn’t paid attention to what has been systematically asset-stripped from the UK.
    Name one major technology company still running in the UK, I used to contract out to many, then the work just dried up as they were sold off to companies from France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, etc., and now we don’t even teach electronic technology for technicians any more, due to EU regulations.

    I haven’t detailed our non-existent fishing industry the EU paid to destroy, nor the farmers being paid NOT to produce food they could sell for more than they get paid to do nothing, don’t even go there.
    I haven’t mentioned what it costs us to be asset-stripped like this, nor have I mentioned immigration, nor the risk to our security if control of our armed forces is passed to Brussels or Germany.

    Find something that’s gone the other way, I’ve looked and I just can’t. If you think the EU is a good idea,
    1/ You haven’t read the party manifesto of The European Peoples’ Party.
    2/ You haven’t had to deal with EU petty bureaucracy tearing your business down.
    3/ You don’t think it matters.

    • arclarry says:

      I do know the Brits – the average people, not the elites – grew very tired of being told what to do through
      regulations by the unelected bureaucrats in Brussels. Let’s hope Americans wake up before everything is gone.

  2. David Akins says:

    Unfortunately with today’s Millennium Generation, “Common Sense” has disappeared and it has been replaced with “Entitlement”.

    My personal opinion is that the only hope The Western World has going forward is for the US Electorate to usher Trump into power. Dave

    • arclarry says:

      The great value Trump brings is the elites will be nervous every second he is in power. His election is a longshot, though,
      because surviving the media attacks between now and the election is a big challenge.