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Letter | Who are America’s economic slaves today?

January 26, 2014 

In 1858, Republican Abraham Lincoln and Democrat Steven A. Douglas were candidates in Illinois for the U.S. Senate. They conducted a series of seven debates throughout the state on the important issues of the day.

Lincoln concluded the last debate with this scathing excoriation of slavery. “It is the same spirit that says: 'You work and toil and earn bread, and I eat it.' No matter what shape it comes in, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.”

Who in America in our day and age are the slaves who ''work, toil and earn the bread,” which is then eaten by others? First and foremost, they are small business owners. However, the list must also include teachers, professors, doctors, nurses, lawyers, pilots, mechanics, dentists, police officers, CPAs, managers, Internet Technology experts, computer programmers, salesmen, innovators and all others who bring sufficient talent, skill, ability, education and work ethic to the table to earn a return on investment, a good salary or a livable hourly wage. They are productive members of our society.

Yes, there are many who are genuinely unable to sustain themselves and need a “safety net.” However, there are also millions more who have learned how to scam the system to take advantage of misguided government policies and programs which enable them to “live off the fruits of the labor of others.”

A person collecting Social Security Disability Benefits for being unable to work while at the same time collecting State Unemployment Benefits for being unable to find work is only one example.

There is no end to our tyrannical federal government's relentless war to forcibly take from those who “work, toil and earn bread” and give it to others, all under the guise of “fairness. “

No matter how much they pay in taxes, it is never enough. They can never pay their “fair share.” Why not? Because a productive member of society has only one vote as does a person who lives off of the “fruits of the labor of others.”

And also because certain corrupt politicians need the vote of a permanent underclass, dependent on the government dole, to remain in power. Hence, economic slavery.

The writer lives in Surfside Beach

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