Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Santa Claus Economics
I thought I was going to take a break until 2013. Silly me...
As we inch closer to that day where a mythical fat man rides around Earth giving away free stuff, I wanted to share with you some parenting advice (if you have little kids or plan on creating some) and a video that shows Santa Claus economic philosophy that existed decades ago in our country.
First, the parenting stuff...
When my oldest son was a little fellow he came to me one day and said, "Dad, my friend __________ told me that there is some guy named Santa Claus who rides around in the sky on Christmas and gives us presents under our tree."
I looked down at this cute little dude and replied, "Boy, let me tell you something. There is nobody flying around giving you anything. Every gift you will see under our tree came from my getting up and going to work to make the money to buy them."
He seemed appreciative and relieved that his dad is generous and that he would not be woken up by reindeer stomping on our roof.
Which brings me to Santa Claus as politician.
Say what you want about President Obama. He fails miserably as the "Great Provider" when his openly stated beliefs are matched up with Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Take a look at this brief clip from a speech FDR gave in 1944.
There you have it. The Founders said we have a God-given right to life, liberty and property. They could not add a fourth right without abrogating the rights of one person to give the fourth right to another.
FDR then and Mr. Obama now are of the grander view - the Santa Claus view - that we all deserve so much more - even if someone else has to pay for it.
Sometimes I wish Santa Claus was real. At least he wouldn't tax me for my toys...