Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Equal treatment creates Inequality

"From the fact that people are very different it follows that, if we treat them equally, the result must be inequality in their actual position, and that the only way to place them in an equal position would be to treat them differently. Equality before the law and material equality are therefore not only different but are in conflict which each other; and we can achieve either one or the other, but not both at the same time."
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This is one of the reasons I don't like Obama. He wants to reward people for poor behavior. The power of Captalism is that it rewards people for good behavior (economically good) and punishes people for bad behavior. This leads to more good behavior and less bad behavior. It's painful at times but the only effective way to create real change in people's behavior is to provide incentive along with punishment. When you try to remove the pain of doing self-destructive things like not improving skill sets, taking risks, getting educated, not going to work, taking drugs or alchohol then you get more of this behavior. Therefore the cost of removing the pain of this behavior continues to go up which leads to more which leads to more cost which leads to more which leads to the collapse of the USSR and the embrace of captilism by the chinese or the bone crushing proverty of Cuba.

So when Obama promises Windfall profits taxes on Oil Companies and then promises $1,000 per person (who isn't rich) from this tax, I think WTF!!!! I'm not so stupid as to believe that the oil companies are going to absorb this tax out of their profits. No what we will see is energy costs go up because now the taxes oil companies pay went up, this is the last thing we need. Please keep the $1,00o and invest it in oil drilling, shale oil extraction, bio fuels, wind power, nuclear power, natural gas conversion of existing fleet, natural gas gas stations and electric cars.

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