"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need." Karl Marx wrote this nearly 150 years ago and it has become the slogan of Communism. In his books, our President tells that this is the ideology with which he identifies. He is not alone in this thinking. Many Americans now believe that it is the government's job to guarantee that each person has what they need.
In order to provide "each according to his need" the government must first determine need. They have done this by setting a poverty level and a minimum wage. They provide food, housing and even phones to those in "need".
The first problem with this is that with the guarantee of needs being met, more people will become dependent on government rather than doing productive work, then shortages are inevitable and the government will have to invoke rationing and everyone will be limited to whatever the government decides they need. That always happens under Communism and we can see it starting here.
Next, when production is down and shortages arise the government will then determine what each person's abilities are and enforce the first part of that slogan. Your freedom to choose a profession will be lost for the good of the collective, and you will be forced to perform whatever job the government decides you should do.
In the end, those who chose to collect what they didn't work for will be forced to work, but will not have the chance to prosper that they would have had under the free market system. History bears this out and reason tells us that it cannot turn out any other way. Let's get the government out of our business. A free market equals free people and free people are responsible for themselves.
Submitted by Virtual Newsroom