It’s hard to think of an elected Democrat without immediately thinking of a person with his or her hand out asking for money from others.
A state senator friend of mine once said it best, “I sit here all day and people knock on my door asking for money for this program or that program, I never have a taxpayer knock on my door asking for a tax cut.”
While Republicans have to keep the faith and fight for the thankless majority, Democrats have carved out another path. As you read this, wherever you are, there’s at least one elected Democrat within a few miles of you thinking about how to confiscate your money in the name of compassion and caring.
It’s “the right thing to do” most Democrats in Republican states say while our Democrat friends on the coasts take a negative approach and accuse you of “not giving your fair share” to government.
They guilt you with pictures, stories, and descriptions of situations that others must face without the benefit of your money. And if you only gave more of your money to government, then government could put an end to all of the suffering out there.
Just raising taxes a little bit would do a little good and that’s a whole lot better than nothing.
But the one thing they never suggest would be the easiest to accomplish: give their own money.
No, I’m not talking about the 100% tax free salary they receive. (you can’t pay taxes if all of your earnings come from others’ taxes). I’m talking about that evil campaign cash that Democrats are always talking about the need to get rid of.
It would seem an easy way to kill two birds with one stone.
Take Democrat State Senator Andy Manar of Illinois. Manar recently attacked Illinois’ Republican Governor Bruce Rauner by saying that he “had the opportunity to make some changes” to fund college grants but didn’t.
Manar is so filled with frustration that students have to go without this grant money of $4720 that he’s constantly sending out press releases and making comments. He must be a total mess just thinking about all those suffering students sipping Starbucks coffee whilst surfing on their iPhones.
The solution, however, is right under Manar’s nose but he won’t even talk about it.
Manar faces no opposition in this year’s election yet he holds onto over $300,000 in his campaign account. That would place him easily in “ultra-wealthy” status, going by his pal Bernie Sanders’ determination, yet he won’t acknowledge all the good he could do by paying his fair share.
Nearly 70 students could receive the full college grant, 300,000 birth control pills could be distributed, and, depending on the brand, thousands of condoms could go to the needy people in his district. And it could probably even pay for a few transgender reassignment surgeries.
These causes are good enough for those who Manar represents but not good enough for him.
People like Manar trick most of us, thinking he’s just a slice above us in generosity, or perhaps that he has a better grasp of what it’s like to go without.
But as someone who slept on the floor as a boy because my family couldn’t afford a bed, I can say that an opportunity is better than a handout. And I can add that it’s really easy to spend other people’s money.
I challenged Andy Manar on my radio show and he didn’t even acknowledge it, so it’s up to those of us without radio shows to take this message to the streets.
Next time you encounter your phony local Democrat at an event asking you to give more of your paycheck to the common good, ask him or her how much money is in their campaign account. Then ask how much they’re willing to give to the same cause.