Do you believe these statements to be true most or all of the time? If so, you're probably on the rightward side of the American political spectrum. And if that's the case, welcome, because I'm going to argue that such statements are flat-out wrong more often than conservative ideologues and politicians care to admit. They can't admit it because their entire philosophy on socio-economic policy rests on these myths being truths.
Conservative policy in this arena centers on the following, interconnected axioms:
1) with very few exceptions, wealth is totally earned and deserved.
2) social programs unfairly confiscate and redistribute wealth from those who have earned it to those who have not, from the "worthy" to the "unworthy."
3) the unworthy recipients of such largesse are then trapped in what Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) referred to as a "culture of dependency," i.e., they'd be better off if they were allowed/forced to survive on their own.
4) as Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano wrote—"Taxation is theft."
On taxes and wealth, conservatives ignore (or pretend to) the fact that the current distribution of wealth—one that sees greater inequality and a higher concentration of wealth at the very top than at any time since just before the Great Depression—is not a "natural" occurrence, it's not simply the result of merit alone.
Since 1980, when the Reagan Revolution washed ashore, our elected officials have chosen to alter the tax code in ways that have greatly exacerbated income inequality, as a recent Economic Policy Institute study makes clear. Changes to our labor laws, trade policy, and the failure to ensure that the minimum wage keeps up with inflation haven't helped either, the study explains. So-called "redistributive" government programs—which most Americans support, polling shows—are no more or less "natural" than an economic system that funnels wealth upward.
More at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/07/07/1220...