This is the dreadful equation of socialism. Money can be used to create value, or it can fuel the exercise of power, but not both...It is possible to ration subsistence, but not prosperity. Americans are slowly, painfully beginning to appreciate the difference between those two levels of existence.
We’ve been so prosperous, for so long, that we lost sight of how far our economy would collapse when value was traded for power. The arithmetic of poverty and unemployment is simple, and merciless. Free people multiply. The all-powerful State is only good at division. -- Hot Air, The Dreadful Equation