This day, May Day -- The International Day Of The Worker -- is
the perfect day to reflect on how harshly Government deals with the
working class and the poor.
Frederic Bastiat said, "The state is the great fiction by which
everyone attempts to live at the expense of everyone else". It is also
the great reality by which the privileged and the powerful become more
privileged and powerful at the expense of small businesses and
How much higher would the standard of living of working men and women
be were their tax burden not so high? Income tax, sales tax, property
tax, both paid directly to Government and in the form of higher prices
on goods and services, all reduce that standard.
How much higher would the real incomes of men and women in the
workforce be were there no laws and regulations reducing (in some cases,
eliminating) competition among businesses, when such reduced competition
means fewer jobs and thus lower wages?
How much farther up the income ladder could the children of working
individuals rise were education a matter for the private sector, given
that government schools favor the children of the already-affluent?
How much healthier would members of the working class be if
government did not restrict entry into the healing professions, making
health care and health insurance unaffordable to so many?
How much safer would working-class neighborhoods be if authorities
did not legislate what substances we may or may not ingest, given that
such legislation benefits organized crime and reduces the ability of law
enforcement to combat murder, rape, burglary, and child molestation?
There are so many more examples, but the point is: Government works
on behalf of the wealthy and works against the rest of us -- small
businesses, the middle class, Labor, and the poor.
So this year, vote to protect working men and women, by voting to
eliminate the statutes and regulations that harm them; vote to benefit
the employed by moving politicians and bureaucrats into the ranks of the