That Uncle Sam is entitled to something is universally conceded, but the crucial question is one of degree. The Democratic Party is appallingly quiet when it comes to verbalizing what percentage of our wages should belong to the government. Under Lakoff’s parameters, 36 percent is acceptable but no mental barrier exists to keep it from reaching 50, 70, or even 99 percent. Further, if taxes are but a worthy tariff on civilization, then why wouldn’t true believers approve of the expropriation of everything we have?
To leftists, asking such questions is insensitive and a sign of unsophistication. When one prefers sound bites to substance, percentage requests are simply brutal, whereas quips like “taxes are what you pay to be an American” might symbolize nothing but brim with delicious nuance.
The relationship between today’s Democratic politicians and socialism can be discerned in their silence regarding threshold. What morphs a free economy into a socialized one? They have no idea. Frankly, they think it impolite to ask, but they’ll  tingle when Barack Obama looks to the government to solve … everything. Four to eight years of hope, change, and intrusions into the economy will cause our combined GDP expenditures to surpass the 50 percent mark.
Unfortunately, some champions of liberty like Ludwig von Mises are no longer with us, but his words from the 1940s resonate and tell us more about our future than anything printed in the newspapers of today:
Progressives reliably label statism as being “new,” but there’s nothing novel about handing your earnings over to the government. The Democratic nominee is a self-proclaimed “ citizen of the world” so he should be the first to recognize that socialism resulted in misery everywhere it was tried. The electorate would be wise to skip reading  The Audacity of Hope and familiarize itself instead with  The God That Failed.
The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau, what an alluring utopia! (Ludwig von Mises,  Bureaucracy.
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