Over the period of many years in several occupations, I have noted an instant willingness to do good, if it is other peoples money doing the good instead of ourselves. I have watched Boards of Directors leap to their feet to spend trade association member's dues or stockholder's money in a mob sense of doing good -- but then take a complete back-step when asked to pull out their own wallets and checkbooks.
I was reminded of that this morning as I thumbed through the news and noted Congress and Obamanation's determination to take money from one set of our citizens and hand it out willy nilly to a second set.
Davy Crockett, whom we like to picture as a home-spun philosopher and hero of the Alamo, set an example during his short term in the House of Representatives from 1827 until 1831 when he headed West.
I refer you here to the writings of Edward S Ellis in his book, The Life of Davy Crockett. It is a lesson well learned - not just by our elected representatives, but by us and other voters as well -- I'm not sure who the hero of the story is; Crockett or Mr Horatio Bunce, US voter? You be the judge....
Caveat; there are some who say that Bunce never existed, or that this tale is a fabrication.. but keep in mind, revisionists have changed many events in history to more comfortably fit their picture of things as they should be -- not as they actually are or were.