Do you hear what I hear? It is not the wind to the little lamb at the beginning of a song of hope and inspiration. We hear a president daily claiming that 2 percent of the American population, or "the rich," must accept a tax hike or he will allow massive tax hikes and spending cuts to affect everyone. He then insists that the Republican Party members accept accountability for the problem. During the recent campaign, President Obama insisted that "the rich" consist of 1 percent of the population. This week his words target "the 2 percent" as the rich. Next week will it be 3 percent, 5 percent, 10 percent of the population or everyone who works?
When referring to victims of natural disasters, we now hear of relief for victims of "climate change." Climategate, the investigation that culminated in the admission of falsified data for political purpose, highlighted the falsified claims. Repeating the government mantra that manmade climate change causes natural disasters becomes a convincing statement albeit an unproved and untrue fact. The scientist who falsifies data forfeits credibility.
Do you see what I see? It is not the star in the night sky to which the shepherd boy refers when addressing the mighty king. It is a weak economy, class warfare, for those who took economic risks, and a desire to punish the successful.
Do you know what I know? The answer is not the same one that the King gave "to the people everywhere." A society divided, filled with envy and rage, determined to blame others cannot survive, much less thrive. As we approach the season of forgiveness and the beginning of a New Year let us resolve to eschew the rhetoric of envy and believe in the value of hard work and individual responsibility. If Washington does not assume the task of responsible governing the market forces combined with the human frailty of desire for revenge will balance the situation. Recession, high unemployment, inflation and an exponential demand for unavailable government resources will result.
This alternative will mean a dismal future for all.