In 1914 in Sarajevo a no-name assassinated a barely-heard-of Archduke Ferdinand and gave the world 30 years of global war, interrupted only by the generation needed to raise more soldiers, killing over 100M people, and setting the stage for the Soviet purges (30M murdered), the Red Chinese Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward (80M murdered), and the Cold War (trillions of dollars removed from economies – citizens – workers).
In 2013, the government of Cyprus (evidently soon to be followed by New Zealand), stole money from their subjects, people who had earned it and (mistakenly thought) wisely invested it in a bank. The only reason Cypriots are not in revolt is their lack of a 2nd Amendment. If Obama/Pelosi/Reid were to try that here, revolt would be in process. Already.
Understand what is happening: Governments, entrusted by their people to competently govern then and competently spend the money taxed from workers, now are STEALING money from those workers in order to pay for the “welfare” nets they have constructed. Those welfare nets are constructed so as to ensure that everyone, whether or not they have earned it, gets to live a Middle Class lifestyle.
In reality, this “safety net” is simply vote buying.
I don’t go to work to give another man a Middle Class lifestyle. I don’t go to work to raise another man’s kids. I don’t go to work to ensure an unearned standard of living to those too lazy, too unskilled, or too stupid to earn it themselves. My family spent generations working and educating ourselves to get to the point at which we – the current generation of parents in our 50s – have an EARNED Middle Class lifestyle we are trying our best to pass on to our kids through education, principles, and hard work.
Democrats, whether in America or the Liberal parties of the rest of the West, want to take MY EARNED MONEY to GIVE IT to those who won’t, can’t or refuse to earn it themselves. That is theft.
Stealing our money is stealing our labor and indistinct from slavery.
Taxing our earnings is one thing, and is voted by our representatives in government. Whether we are taxed too much is an issue for the voting booth. So far, evidently, we have not been taxed too much – or at least not enough to result in a general uprising against the pols who tax earned money to give it to the slothful and stupid in order to buy their votes. (Obama’s trillions of dollars in added debt, a taxation without representation on our kids, is getting damned close.)
STEALING our money, STEALING our labor, however, is different. Steal money I have earned and you’re robbing me and my family; I’ll shoot your ass.
Will the theft by the government of Cyprus of the money earned by their subjects result in revolt? Don’t know. Will it result in revolt if tried in other EU (and related, eg NZ) countries? Have to wait and see.
Would the theft by our government of our money result in revolt here?
Yes. We are citizens, not subjects. We are armed and will protect what is ours.