"All the high-flown talk about how people who are successful in
business should "give back" to the community that created the things
that facilitated their success is, again, something that sounds
plausible to people who do not stop and think through what is being
said. After years of dumbed-down education, that apparently includes a
lot of people.
Take Obama's example of the business that benefits
from being able to ship their products on roads that the government
built. How does that create a need to "give back"? Did the
taxpayers, including business taxpayers, not pay for that road when it
was built? Why should they have to pay for it twice?
the workers that businesses hire, whose education is usually created in
government-financed schools? The government doesn't have any wealth of
its own, except what it takes from taxpayers, whether individuals or
businesses. They have already paid for that education. It is not a gift
that they have to "give back" by letting politicians take more of their
money and freedom.
When businesses hire highly educated people,
such as chemists or engineers, competition in the labor market forces
them to pay higher salaries for people with longer years of valuable
education. That education is not a government gift to the employers. It
is paid for while it is being created in schools and universities, and
it is paid for in higher salaries when highly educated people are hired.
of the tricks of professional magicians is to distract the audience's
attention from what they are doing while they are creating an illusion
of magic. Pious talk about "giving back" distracts our attention from
the cold fact that politicians are taking away more and more of our
money and our freedom."