Atrophy’s Price

Humans are worth more than their jobs, which is good news when nobody’s working.  It turns out paychecks are useful.  But lack of money is the least of our problems.  So, don’t worry!  Actually, that sounds like it could be worse.  Many of our countrymen are not just broke but broken after the attempt to ditch bills.  Paying nothing is costly.  Forget just the cash: the real loss is wasted human capital that results from thinking life is a disease that can be cured with handouts.

Not making money is making money worthless.  Giving it away turns out to have quite a bill.  Never mind the debt. Actually, mind it: $19 trillion turns out to be a not insignificant sum of cash.  At least we’ve bought nothing with it, unless dependency counts.

Humanity’s sadness is harder to measure than, say, the number of iPads that could’ve been bought with bills that were essentially shredded along with the Constitution.  I hope leaders who purchased nothing with all they wasted were trying to prove that money isn’t everything, as the thought they’re attempting to help is a crotch stomp. The price is only partly financial: tell people they can’t get by without benefits, and watch the stock price of self-esteem plummet.

Money is a byproduct of creating something worthwhile, which means we’re in trouble.  Blame those who took out the part where you work for it. Idling humans who are told they can’t amount to anything are then paid to do nothing.  Nobody is reaching potential as long as they receive payment for merely existing.  At least those working to fund endless free time will never, ever get sick of it and stop.  I can’t believe they’d be that selfish.

A little resentment goes a little way.  Confused citizens have been conditioned to blame mysterious nefarious billionaires for keeping them out of the country club, as nobody rich needs workers or customers.  And you can’t play squash alone.  Subsidized slacking is bad for all of us.  I thought liberals were into communal gains. Instead, the benefits of doing less means there’s a good reason to not try hard, which in turn means the entirety suffers.  Socialism is the act of dragging everyone down.  But at least we’re not alone in the pit.

You can’t blame anyone for taking what’s given.  Acceptance follows the offer.  Pay people to sit around, and they won’t do anything.  How about that? Learning about incentives should start in kindergarten.  Clearly, we’ll never turn the economy without more public school funding.

It’s hard to believe now, but companies in antiquated times actually had to sell products.  Now, it just takes one greased sales pitch to a sympathetic politician for a lifetime of income.  Subsidized businesses don’t have to work to attract customers, which kind of defeats the point. Neither soulless corporations nor the soul-equipped humans who run them will be at their best if they have guaranteed income.  And those who pay bills without receiving goods will feel empty despite superficial fulfillment. But I’m sure distorting every step leaves a clear view of the process.

Commercial outfits who are working only to impress politicians are no better than trust fund kids.  But insurers who know they have customers are sure to care about your health, right?  Draining a pool at one side to fill it on the other seems impractical.  At least we learn to strive for nothing greater than carrying water.

Lesson number one is that money comes from productivity.  Merely handing it out decreases both its value and the self-respect of recipients. People shouldn’t need such basic lessons about interactions, especially with memories of productivity still buried in the recesses of most people old enough to vote.  But it’s easier to pretend socialism is how to help people.  That’s what the youngsters on Facebook claim.  They also think America has enemies because we’re tough and mean.  I know it’s hard to grasp internet things could be inaccurate, but this is a world for cynics.

Paying people to make them rich somehow hasn’t made the country wealthier. We could have happy citizens working away to solve problems, including the one of not having enough for bills and fun time.  But that means no longer restraining them, and all that trust could burn us.  This chick hurt our feelings one time, and a prom rejection should affect us indefinitely.  Still, we have the benefit of also being able to reject the other party in commerce.  The mutual agreement should make the heartbroken feel confident enough to open up again.  Embrace the chance to make enough to buy what you please. Now that’s love.

Anthony Bialy is a writer and “Red Eye” conservative in New York City. Follow him at Download a free ebook of his 2015 columns at


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