Posted By RichC on February 8, 2016
It is well past time that we elect representatives with a little more commonsense than the ones who churned out “feel good” public assistance help from Washington DC and many state houses. They love handing out “other people’s money.” Perhaps they think of themselves as do-gooders and either, don’t see or don’t care, that the complexity of laws and rules they create … “that is our bureaucracy” … has holes big enough to sink even the most robust economy (and we definitely don’t have that at the moment).
I saw the newspaper op-ed below being past around and when I shared it with my wife, who works in a less than upscale retail pharmacy, she said … “I see it everyday … including a couple emplyees that unmarried with kids, and of course on government assistance and with live-in boyfriends.”
What changed in America? Where are the people of integrigy? People like Brenda’s late widowed grandmother who refused to take a handout and instead found a way to scratch out a decent life for herself and infant son – Brenda’s dad. That pre-Greatest Generation American was to me the truly “Greatest Generation.” It’s people like “Granny Howard” that were the embodied spirit of those who founded this country; living by biblical principles, neighbor helping neighbor, self-sufficiency, commonsense spending and having pride in their own ability to take care of themselves and their families. Where are these people today? If they exist – I’m sure they are penalized by our system.
Most of those “up by their bootstraps” types from previous generations have been surplaced by a nation of entitled “takers” (enabled by government). They spend more time focused on self gratification (entertainment, gadgets, clothing, alcohol and drugs) and find ways to take advantage of the generosity (and stupidity) of this giving nation (sorry about the broad brush … but the number of “takers” is overwhelming). We’re closing in on a point of no return as 71 cents of every dollar our government take in now funds entitlements and the interest on our nearly $19T debt. To make things worse, I’m not sure the next generation is ready make a change … as millinnials seem to be supporting an out and out declared Socialist for president (one who sees nothing economically wrong with a top tax rate of over 90% – talk about disappearing jobs!). And millinnials aren’t alone, as the socialist Bernie Sanders (VT) is competing with impressive success against the leading Democrat, Hillary Clinton. JFK would be rolling over in his grave if he saw what was happening to his Democratic Party. I can only assume is that either the opposing choice is SO BAD (perhaps true) or the generation attracted to Bernie Sanders has been totally brainwashed regarding Socialism by liberal educators (I wonder if Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom is required reading?)
"The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money" — Margaret Thatcher