Thanks to Happy Publishing for posting this quote recently…it is a really timely and well-spoken idea. I agree wholeheartedly. BTW, I’ve seen that this quote is regularly attributed to Abraham Lincoln. As best I can tell, this is not actually the case, and William J. H. Boetcker is the correct person to cite. If you have something which may shed light on this minor controversy, let me know!
You cannot bring prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further brotherhood of men by inciting class hatred.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
-William J. H. Boetcker
Does anyone disagree? Is picking on one class or another really going to solve our economic issues? Will that really create more prosperity? Is continuing to spend beyond our means really the way to get back on track? Is it really the government’s job to provide for us, or is it our job to create our own wealth? Is wealth, really, something that CAN be given from one to another, or must it be something that we each acquire individually?