Similarly, when President Obama says, "There are some people who make a lot more money than other people," you might wonder why he said that. Yes, it is a fact that some people make more money than other people. But to borrow a phrase from Thomas Sowell, "This is not breaking news."
Some people have been making more money than others since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the late 1700s. Vast fortunes were built in the 1800s by men like Astor and Guggenheim and Carnegie by making more money than others. So what?
But the President then uses terms like "income inequality," and you suddenly realize why he belabored the obvious. He is suggesting that that fact contributes to the poverty of people who can't or won't make any money at all.
But did Astor's and Guggenheim's and Carnegie's fortunes contribute to poverty? On the contrary, the activities of these men resulted in previously undreamed of riches for all in the form of furs and silver and copper and iron bridges and steel rails and – most importantly – jobs. The fact that they made a lot of money in the course of benefiting mankind is hardly a crime. It is merely an exposition of the salubrious mechanism of capitalism.
The fact-motive concatenation is a favorite liberal subterfuge. "Fast food workers don't make a living wage, therefore we must raise the minimum wage." "There are some crazy people in our society, therefore we must confiscate guns."
What suckers you into this ruse is that you can't argue with the fact. But the fact is only a lead in to the motive, which never has anything to do with the fact. The minimum wage has no effect on the income of fast food workers. Most fast food workers are high school and college kids, who are working for spending money and aren't trying to make a living wage. And since most of them are part time, they wouldn't qualify for a minimum wage in any case.
In fact, the motive is not infrequently counterproductive. If you raise the minimum wage, fast food restaurants will simply put more people on part time, where they will make even less. And confiscating guns would only put us all at greater risk from the crazy people in our society.
Conservatives were weened on facts. We respect them and we live by them. Liberals, on the other hand, are strangers to facts. So when you hear a liberal stating a fact, look out. There's a motive in his madness!