The left has always disagreed with this critical concept. The Marxists have especially disagreed with the concept. The Marxist believes that everything belongs to the government, including freedom, and it is for the government to give to the people what government deems the people need and what they deem to be best for the people. So when House Democratic (Marxist/Progressive) Leader Nancy Pelosi assailed the major tax deal under negotiation in Congress as "a massive, permanent, real giveaway" that's "destructive of our future,” she was simply stating what any Marxist would state. Pelosi was simply saying all the income the people earn is the governments and they will allow us to keep what they believe we need. When we are allowed to keep more of what we earn, that is to be considered a government give away.
Marx said that in a country like the United States, where the probability of an armed revolution was low, a transformation would have to occur. One of the necessary elements of that transformation would be a steeply progressive income tax. Marx believed this to be proper since he said “from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” Marx later described exactly what he meant by this statement. Marx explained that all of the GNP or total income would go to the government. The government would then give to the people what they believed the people needed, based on Marxist criteria.
Lenin understood what Marx meant about the United States and a planned revolution. Before Lenin even had his revolution secured in Russia, he began the transformation in the United States. His plan was to use American Academia and Hollywood by indoctrinating them in the skill of promoting and using political correctness. Included in this effort was the effort to denigrate all that was and is unique and special to America, such as individualism, competition, achievement, and excellence. Lenin’s plan was so successful it is today a part of almost all elementary and high schools as well as all institutions of higher education. Lenin’s plan is so deeply embedded in Hollywood today; a conservative person is unable to find work. American society has been so greatly affected by Lenin’s program that citizens are afraid to report Islamic Jihadist terrorist activities for fear they will be viewed as being politically incorrect.
As you listen to those who proclaim that the government needs more to enhance any type of social program or other giveaway, they are echoing the words and beliefs of Karl Marx. They are Marxists. This would include virtually the entire Democratic (Marxist/Progressive) party of today. It also includes some, perhaps many, of the Republican establishment. This recipe is and always has been a recipe for disaster. It is a disaster economically and socially. Inevitably it brings about a declining economy. Socially it brings about chaos and distrust among the citizens. Marxism fosters animosity amongst different groups of citizens.
A proponent of a free and independent society, such as established by our founders, would proclaim individualism, competition, rights of the people, reducing government until it is limited to its powers in the constitution, and taxes to support only those enumerated constitutional powers.
We are in the midst of the transformation Marx and Obama said was necessary in the United States to bring about the totalitarian Marxist society. Pelosi explains the government is allowing us to keep our own private property. Obama has created animosity between our citizens based on race, heritage, economics, and religion. Academia and Hollywood are indoctrinating our citizens that anything that is Biblical or American based, in other words anti-Marxist, is intolerant and a phobia of some kind and is unacceptable to an “enlightened” society. Many of our citizens believe it is their constitutional right to receive what they have not earned and to not be held accountable for decisions they made. This is what a fair and just society that is totally conforming, totally equal, and void of individualism is.
I am going to repeat again what needs repeating many times every day; Freedom Loving Americans, when you are looking at which candidate you will support for president in 2016, be sure that candidate is a person of character and veracity. As important, be sure that person truly believes in the principles of freedom and our constitution; rule of law, limited government, divided government, and rule by the people.