Unintended Consequences

Home Builder with CSR

This is my response to a FANTASTIC blog that I read.



As a lifelong small business owner, I could have written this myself (except I am not as eloquent). Much of the world's political history has been based on class envy. In fact, America has been a shining beacon to the world, because we have had much less class distinctions than the rest.

Anyhow, this business owner is fed up with the employees because they are the ones who voted for Obama. They did it thinking he could make it better (Change, Hope). What few people see is that Obama can't make prosperity. He can only take it from someone to give it to someone else. He justifies it by saying that he knows best who is deserving and who is not.  It does make mystomach churn.

We used to be the place where anyone could be anything they wanted, with hard work and all that. This new paradigm in Washington will not kill the Rockefeller's the Waltons, or the Gates', it will kill the small business owner with the Mercedes who everyone thinks is the same as Rockefeller, because they can't see past the car. This era will kill the middle class, not the rich and certainly not the poor. Good work, Obama!

The story behind the origin of our income tax system is a funny story. I believe it was the early 20th century and someone in government floated the idea of taxing only the wealthy. They sold this idea to the citizenry using good 'ole class envy. The common man figured it wouldn't affect him and the rich could afford it. Of course as time went on the envelope of who was considered rich got bigger and bigger until it applied to most all of us. Then a funny thing happened.

Someone noticed that the rich were able to afford the smartest consultants and they were able to buy the best tax shelters and they just plain weren't paying their fair share of taxes. Mind you, they were still paying a lion's share of the income tax, but as a percentage of their income, they were and probably still are the lowest taxed group. It was the common man who was bearing the largest brunt of the taxes, as a percentage of income. He wasn't poor enough not to get taxed and not rich enough to be able to afford the shelters. He was screwed. That was the beginning of the end of our middle class.

The point of the story is that we shouldn't allow the government to make such important decisions. Not because they are mean or stupid, but because their decisions are so large as to always have unintended consequences. Those consequences are the undoing of a nation.

When you throw a pebble in a pond you can see the ripples in that pond and even where they may hit the shore. Think of that pebble as an individual decision. Now, when you drop a meteor in the ocean, you cannot see thedestruction that it creates on the other side of the world. You cannot know how it will affect everything. Think of that meteor as a government decision. So the best thing is not to drop meteors in teh ocean. This is why athoughtful government would make as few laws as possible. They would deliberate sometimes for months on one law and try their best to talk to the other side of the world to mitigate the negative impact of their laws. They would not be swayed by public opinion or even class envy but by sound financial and socialknowledge.

I went way off track here, but the bottom line is that it is almost always the unintended consequences of well-meaning government actions that kill our country. That is why it doesn't matterweather you are Liberal or Conservative, Republican or Democrat, you are still usually creating more problems than you are solving wi th your laws. 


Alice Linahan
Voices Empower - Argyle, TX

Thank you for your thoughful and on target response.

George Washington, our nations first President, and leader of the American Revolution!

Abe Lincoln, our most honorable leader, pulled our nation through its darkest time!

Alexander Hamilton, founding father, first Secretary of the Treasury and leader of the Constitutional Convention!

Old Hickory Andrew Jackson fought the British in New Orleans !

Ulysses Grant, Union army general, led the North through the Civil War !

Ben Franklin, genius inventor, political theorist and leading author of our Constitution.

Finally, we have someone to put on the food stamp!

Feb 04, 2009 09:24 AM
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Coconut Creek, FL
Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service

Christian ~ Me thinks you do not like government. True conservatism is small government, less taxes and strong military. I like that, but too few in our government are true conservatives. A pity.

Feb 04, 2009 01:29 PM
Mike Saunders
Retired - Athens, GA

CFE - the people in congress have no idea, for the most part, what it takes to run a business. Their lives are one of exercising power with little or no accountability. They have clue how to perform a root cause analisys to figure out what a problem really is so they attack symptoms. They have no clue how to perform "what if" scenarios to eliminate or mitigate unintended consequences. And we are the ones who continue to pay.

Feb 04, 2009 10:09 PM
Kevin Robinson
Twin Falls, ID
Fractional Developer

We will keep on paying until WE finally do something about it, or until WE run out of money.

Feb 05, 2009 02:23 AM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Christian:  Your views are "interesting" to say the least.  It also appears that you feel entirely convinced of your opinions.  I am wondering why you just don't start your own political party, get some wealthy conservatives to support it, and then appeal to the citizenry to vote for you.  Have you thought of that ?  How about running for political office yourself.  That would be a great way to see if and/or how many voters/citizens support your views.

What you might also do... is something along the same path as Warren Jeffs did in Texas.  Build your own "compound."  Perhaps you could enlarge it to the size of a city.  Then you could control your surroundings about as much as possible... which might make you happier.  Too bad you could not build that city, and then secede from the Union... the United States.  Then you could totally run things as you wished.

Feb 05, 2009 10:29 AM
Alice Linahan
Voices Empower - Argyle, TX


I think you are completely out of line. You have every right to respectfully disagree with someones opinion on political polices, but you have crossed a line in referencing Warren Jeffs. Truly disappointing.



Hang tough my friend.  Keep the great opinons and information coming. We are listening.

Thank you!!!

Feb 05, 2009 02:46 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Alice:  I only used Jeffs name to signify his "compound."  The little "mini-city" he had set up.  I was implying NOTHING else.  I was making NO personal comparisons... it had nothing to do with Jeffs.  It was like he had set up his own "state"... and tried to be separate from everything else.  If you thought I was attaching ANY of Jeffs actions... that was not my intent.  So... what you inferred... was not what I was implying.  I should have used another example of a city set apart from everything else... but I could not think of one.  I apologize for the ambiguity.  Now... it's your turn to apologize... thank you very much.  Nicholas... help me out here.

Feb 05, 2009 03:31 PM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

It will kill the small business owner with the Mercedes who everyone thinks is the same as Rockefeller, because they can't see past the car.

In California you are what you drive. In NY you are what you do.

Feb 06, 2009 12:59 AM
Es r
CSR - Huntington, TX



I am confused by your response. You just go on and on about mini cities and this Jeff guy that I have never heard of (so no offense taken). What you have not done is articulate a cohesive adequate  resposne to my views.

Yes, I would love to run for political office, however I have so little confidence in the population (mainly people like you) to be able to think outside the box. I don't know if I can blame our failing education system (run by liberals for the last 50 years) or just plain old human weakness for the apathy and lack of vision out there.

My views are not that radical. They are basically lock in step with the Libertarian party. You obviously are not politically astute enough to have seen that.

If the mainstream normal American resembles you in their political knowledge and views, then, yes maybe a small city of more enlightenned people is where I should be.

Feb 06, 2009 04:22 AM
Es r
CSR - Huntington, TX



Thanks for your support. I can see that we se eye to eye on many things.

Feb 06, 2009 06:33 AM
Alice Linahan


I have learned so much by reading and listening to different opinions on these important issues.

Your posts have helped me to formulate my own opinion by giving me information I did not know or a way of looking at an issue in a totally different light.

Thank you for your thoughtful and educated opinions.  Keep it coming.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Feb 06, 2009 04:26 PM
Es r
CSR - Huntington, TX

Thank you Alice. I really appreciate that. I ,too, have learned a great deal from your blogs. I like people with truly open minds. I am really a conservative with an open mind, often confused with being a liberal by closed minded conservatives. Isn't that funny.

Feb 09, 2009 06:20 AM