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.
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. It’s how the government shows that it “cares.”