Every once in a while, a liberal writes a column thinking his logic will change the world, when in fact, it reveals more about the twisted logic of modern liberalism than convinces the world of the correctness of their worldview. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff has done just that.
In an article entitled “Why Let the Rich Hoard All the Toys,” Kristoff, who is a millionaire, compares successful Americans to kindergarden kids who won’t share their “books, crayons and toys.” Funny, I don’t remember Kristoff sending me any checks or inviting me to live in his house.
Showing an incredible lack of economic understanding, Kristoff writes, “As I see it, the best way to create a more equitable society wouldn’t be Robin Hood-style redistribution, but a focus on inner-city and rural education — including early childhood programs — and job training. That approach would expand opportunity, even up the starting line, and chip away at cycles of poverty. If the cost means forcing tycoons to pay modestly higher taxes, so be it. The economy wouldn’t suffer.”
Kristoff believes is his politically palatable, citing a study from Harvard that shows that “90 percent of Americans preferred to live in a country with the Swedish distribution” of wealth.
And who is to pay for these programs that will show how shift the economic distribution of wealth in the United States? The taxpayers, of course, will see their wealth taken from them and redistributed to others.
Kristoff and all his liberal friends continue to fall prey to the “broken window fallacy.” In this instance, they see the supposed benefits of tax dollars spent on programs like job training but fail to see what could have been done with the tax dollars had they no been taken by the government.
Would new businesses have been created? Would people be hired? We will never know. If you believe that the American people know better than the government how to spend their own money, you would be, in Kristoff worldview, a kindergarden kid who won’t share his toys. The difference is — you earned it. They didn’t.