The Difference (A Social Observation)

This was passed on to me by a friend.  True or not, it is still a good example.
19c0ecc1.jpgA guy looked at my Corvette the other day and said, “I wonder how many people could have been fed for the money that sports car cost.”

I replied I am not sure; it fed a lot of families in Bowling Green, Kentucky who built it, 

it fed the people who make the tires, 

it fed the people who made the components that went into it, 

it fed the people in the copper mine who mined the copper for the wires, 

it fed people in Decatur IL. at Caterpillar who make the trucks that haul the copper ore. 

It fed the trucking people who hauled it from the plant to the dealer 

and fed the people working at the dealership and their families.  

BUT,… I have to admit, I guess I really don’t know how many people it fed.

That is the difference between capitalism and welfare mentality.  

When you buy something, you put money in people’s pockets and give them dignity for their skills.  

When you give someone something for nothing, you rob them of their dignity and self worth.

Capitalism is freely giving your money in exchange for something of value.  

Socialism is taking your money against your will and shoving something down your throat that you never asked for.

Think about it, folks.


About Ray V.

Living in Aiken, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
This entry was posted in Politics, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to The Difference (A Social Observation)

  1. Honest K says:

    As much as I agree that is did feed a lot of families, surely it exploited just as many? I have never thought about the production of the car and who helped to create it, I thank you for that new perspective. But I find it hard to believe that all those that helped to create this beautiful car were given as much of a profit as the car manufactures.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dan in Philly says:

      All the people who were fed by the manufacturer of the car would have gone hungry if the manufacturer had decided not to risk the ire of the people and stuffed his money under a mattress instead. Rather he made money and incidentally fed many, then with the proceeds bought things which fed others, invested some which helped other companies feed others, and saved some in a bank, allowing the bank to loan money for many to build and buy houses.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Honest K says:

        While the basic function of interest rates and the roles of bank in an economy to serve savers and borrowers is well known, it is perhaps naive and flawed. Your ‘trickle down’ theory, however, has been proven incorrect as wealth inequalities become more evident. Even in our fortunate western economies children live in absolute poverty with sub standard housing, health care and education. And this by the way, is a description of life for those fortunate enough to be in employment! But even worse, as long as I have a Rolex and BMW I shall pretend that, to keep supplying our needless consumption, those women spiked with amphetamines in sweatshops, child labour, prostitution, trafficking and so many other exploitations in less fortunate countries don’t exist. Did I mention how social mobility in the US and UK is far behind those with more social democratic and egalitarian economies and even producer economies like Japan. So too is our education, our health care, and many other metrics that contribute to living standards. Consumer capitalism based on profit does nothing but create ‘private opulence and public squalor’ as the famous economist Galbraith once said. I really hope that you do not ever have to rely on any public services to learn this. It is nice belonging to the world’s top 10 per cent and ignoring the harsh truth.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Please see my response below.., went in wrong box 😊


  2. misifusa says:

    Good point. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Lots of valid points brought up and I wish I had the time to address each one. By the time I’m done, maybe I will? As I make my points, please know they are made in a calm and non-confrontational way. I came from a blue collar family. I started working at age 14. I bought, sold, traded businesses, made and lost money. The last attempt used up most of our life’s savings and did not succeed and aside from a small retirement fund, we were broke. We moved back to SC and were fortunate to have a friend who allowed us to move into a house that he owned that was vacant. I have been unemployed since March and will travel ths week to Michigan to sign papers to start a new business in South Carolina. I have had nice cars, but now I’m driving a 2001 Rav4 and you know, it isn’t that much different. Most of my friends have very hands (and wallet) on relationships with various organizations and some provide vast amounts of resources. If they were poor, they couldn’t do that. If my friend wasn’t successful in business, he wouldn’t have been in a position to allow my wife and I to live in a home while we planned our next step. So, while I never have had to sleep in a shelter or on the street, life hasn’t always been Audis and Martini’s. In closing, I am reminded of two sayings. First is noted as an old, Chinese proverd, “Fall down seven times, get up eight” and “I’ve never seen a poor person give someone a job” I do agree with your primise that there is a lot of needless consumption, but that being said, I know people who do not work and are on assistence and have thousands of dollars of tattoos and a newer version of the iphone than I have…. irony knows no borders. Thanks for the note.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.