From 1986 to 1990, ALF aired on NBC. The title character is a friendly but opinionated extraterrestrial nicknamed ALF (an acronym for Alien Life Form), who crash lands in the garage of the suburban middle-class Tanner family.
At one time I thought the voice for ALF sounded a lot like Rush Limbaugh. Some of the things ALF said reminded me of a number of Limbaughisms. In an early scene from the 1986 episode “I’m Your Puppet,” ALF had ordered a ventriloquist dummy, but used Willie Tanner’s money to pay for it. Willie’s daughter Lynn confronts ALF’s cavalier use of other people’s money to pay for things he wants:
Lynn Tanner: “You've got to stop spending other people's money.”
ALF: “People like it when you spend their money. On Melmac, that's how you said ‘I care.’”
President Obama is pitted against Mitt Romney as the President who cares. Well, it’s easy to care with other people’s money.
I’m amazed that the majority of American’s don’t understand this principle. Passing laws to tax some people more than other people and then to take that money as your own is worse than what Bernie Madoff did to his investment clients. Tax payers don’t have a choice in the way they lose their money when governments get involved to “care” for the American people.
In addition to outright confiscation, governments also “care” for people by dumping dollars into the economy. It’s called inflation. Monetary inflation is similar to diluting milk and wine with water and then selling these commodities as unadulterated.
R.J. Rushdoony has called this “larceny of the heart”:
“[B]ehind the increase in the money supply, is . . . planned larceny by the state and the citizenry, the voters. For inflation to succeed . . . its larcenous purpose must be understood and shared by the people. But it must be stated even more clearly that inflation begins where people have larceny in their hearts.
“Helmut Schoek, in Envy (1966), called attention to the deadly role played in society by envy. Envy demands the leveling of all things, because the envious man finds superiority in others intolerable. He sees it better to turn the world into hell rather than to allow anyone to prosper more than himself, or to be superior to him. Envy negates progress.”
The majority of Americans are like ALF. It’s how the taxing power of the government, with the voting power of the people, shows that it “cares.”