To The Herald-Whig:
Once upon a time there was a benevolent thief. He mainly burglarized homes of the rich and never stole from the poor. In fact, he befriended the poor by routinely redistributing a portion of his ill-gotten gain to them. Consequently, the poor loved him and cheered him on to steal even greater amounts from the rich.
This thief was quite practical. He befriended thugs for his own protection and promotion. He got in bed with big banks and corporations for their mutual benefit. Simultaneously, he terrorized small companies with repeated burglaries and intimidating rules. They felt helpless and could survive only by raising prices and spreading their misery to their customers. Of course, their customers blamed the increased prices on the "greedy" businessmen rather than the socialist thief. The more he stole, the worse the economy got and many lost their jobs and homes.
This thief even redistributed part of the money to thieves in governor's mansions and foreign countries. He apparently reasoned that he should endear himself to other thiefdoms so they would not encroach upon his honey pot. But alas, there is no honor among thieves. He redistributed the wealth he stole to any who tolerated or applauded his thievery. There was still plenty left for him to live a lavish lifestyle.
Unfortunately, this is not a fairy tale.
State and federal politicians ignore property rights and equal treatment to all by practicing this immoral behavior every day. Too few see it that way, and too many greedily vote for more handouts of their neighbor's hard earned money while wondering why the jobs are moving overseas.
This is national economic suicide which leads to a lower standard of living for all of us. We need taxes for essential and constitutional services, but taxes for all other expenditures is theft.