By: Diane Benjamin
History isn’t taught anymore, so let me briefly recap.
Before America declared that “Rights” come from God, not government, and the people can govern themselves – the entire world was a dark place. Capitalism didn’t exist. The people were government slaves without any possibility of creating a better life for themselves.
America changed that. More people around the world have been lifted out of poverty by capitalism than anytime in history. There is no purer way to distribute wealth than Person #1 makes something Person #2 wants, and they exchange something of value for something else of value.
Tari Renner was on WJBC this morning: https://audioboom.com/boos/4489717-tari-renner-bloomington-mayor-4-27-16?t=0
Tari stated video gaming produces a profit of $14 million locally for the machine owners.
He claimed almost every city in Illinois charges a fee per machine. Tari – how is Illinois doing? Government across Illinois is attacking the producer’s income because they see MONEY. Bloomington is the failed State of Illinois, thanks to Tari!
You have no right to an additional tax on what individuals have invested in and produced. You already get taxes. The City is making a huge profit from these machines for doing NOTHING! You and your potted plants on the Council are attacking capitalism when you attack profits.
Tari’s version of capitalism is “tax breaks” to friends of government. Crony capitalism is the REAL problem.
Tari couldn’t resist jabbing Scott Laughlin on the WJBC firing of Colleen Reynolds. Tari went on to tell Scott what they should be reporting – what Tari “wants” reported.
Gee Tari, they already to that. Since Colleen is now at WGLT (government-funded Public radio), that sounds like a better place for you to spout your anti-capitalist policies.
How much of other people’s money is government entitled to?
(I do know it will NEVER be enough.)