Capitalism vs a welfare state

2016-11-08 06:00

I RECEIVED the following via e-mail which puts our SA situation in a clear perspective. It should be read especially by those government officials who are dishonestly pocketing taxpayers’ money as well as those who are demanding free tertiary education (and causing untold damage to university property).

It went: A guy looked at my Corvette the other day and said: “I wonder how many people could have been fed for the money that sports car cost.” I replied: “I’m not sure. But I do know that it fed a lot of families in Kentucky who built it. It fed the people who made the tyres, it fed the people who made the components that went into it, it fed the people in the mine who mined the copper for the wires. It also fed people at Caterpillar who make the trucks that haul the copper ore. It fed the truckers who hauled it from the plant to the dealer and fed the people working at the dealership and their families. But I admit I don’t know how many people it fed in total.”

The e-mail went on: That’s the difference between capitalism and a welfare mentality. When you buy something you put money in people’s pockets and give them dignity for their skills. When you give someone something for nothing you rob them of dignity. Capitalism is freely giving your money in exchange for something of value. Socialism is taking your money against your will and shoving something down your throat that you didn’t asked for. Need more be said?

B.V. KROEGER

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