"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy,
its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.." -- Winston Churchill
A college economics professor reported he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class insisted socialism works, and if implemented, no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor agreed to an experiment in this class where the principals of socialism were applied to the students intellectual work products. All grades would be averaged, and everyone would receive the same grade, so no one would have to fail, but no one would be able to receive an A.
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little before, studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride, too, so they studied far less. The second test average was a D. No one was happy.
When the 3rd test was graded, the average was an F. As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased, but bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would agree to study for the benefit of anyone or everyone else. All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor explained to them that socialism would also ultimately fail for exactly the same reason, because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, however, when someone (government) takes the reward away, no one will try or care enough to strive to succeed.
* You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.
* What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
* The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
* You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
* When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them; and the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.