In my youth I was a Science Fiction buff and couldn’t get enough of the likes of Asimov, Forward, Niven, Clarke and Heinlein but it wasn’t until recently that I came across a wonderful quote by Robert Heinlein that sums up the condition in the United States perfectly.
I have read some of Heinlein’s novels, “Stranger in a Strange Land”, “The Cat Who Walks Through Walls”, “The Number of the Beast” and “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” but I had missed the novel “Time Enough For Love” in which this quote originates:
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as “bad luck.”
There is another acronym that Heinlein used in the novel “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” that is also relevant to the US electorate – TANSTAAFL which stands for “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”
Now we have 4 more years of the Obama/Reid regime, Obamacare is here to stay and the Takers are driving the Makers out of society so in a few years even Leftist will learn that TANSTAAFL.