History repeating itself
Once upon a time (158-122 BC) in a faraway land, there was a place called Ancient Rome. (Ancient was added later.) This was the greatest and most powerful land, blessed with rulers who conquered other lands at will.
Things were so good, in fact, the rulers decided no person should go wanting. Free grain was given to the poor. As more people became poor — at least in the mind of some — more grain was given. Money of the day was a coin with a 94% silver content.
Along came Julius Caesar (49 BC), who, being so benevolent with the worker’s goodies, gave more and more to the poor. Caesar had nearly 320,000 of the populace of 1 million, wanting free grain. The steady growth of poor, fewer grain growers and lost coin value forced inflation throughout the land.
As inflation ballooned, the coin with 94% silver content now had 0.02% silver content and grain became worth more than the coin. Grain then became the common exchange, replacing the worthless coin. Grain, instead of money, became the tax collected by the government, thereby creating a distribution of wealth and a larger government to operate the government-created mess. Soon, a black market for grain was in place and, in some form, remains to this day. Once food became free, no one wanted to work. Rome's once great army was reduced to a rag-tag outfit. With no defense, only people wanting a handout, the once great nation was destroyed.
I studied this in school many, many years ago, so please forgive some dates and omission of rulers’ names. History must not be taught anymore. If it were, would we be where we are now?
Doing what feels good, practicing political correctness and liberalism and getting what you want has replaced individualism, respect for others and their possessions, working for the things you want and taking responsibility for one’s actions.
Seems Roman history may be repeating itself in America.