AMERICA IS BROKE -- IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE

March 16, 2012

I saw a bumper sticker the other day and immediately said that I had to have it. It read: "America is broke.  No more handouts. Vote for Republicans!"

That was almost as good as a small make shift billboard I saw recently which said: "To find a job vote Republican. To live on the government vote Democrat."

These two messages have elements of truth. Republicans won't stop government handouts and certainly won't cut back much on the welfare state. But they most likely won't add more handouts to those already received by the millions of "former" workers and non-workers who are content living off of the government teat.

Democrats (with the possible exception of the dwindling so called "Blue Dogs") are all about the welfare, or nanny state. The Alinskyite / Cloward & Piven reasoning is that once you are on the dole, you won't want to have to work ever again for the money. It will be redistributed to you without even having to get off of the couch.

The Democrats are almost where they want to be. Just a few more million and they can conceivably stay in power until the nation falls under foreign influence -- which won't be too long away if Obama is reelected.

Thanks to the Obama/Reid/Pelosi coalition, the number of Americans receiving government assistance on a long-term basis has grown from 42.9 percent in 2008 to 49.3 percent today. Did you catch that? We are just eight-tenths of a percent of people away from having a majority of Americans living on the government for some or all of their subsidence.

Not only that, but the Heritage Foundation reports that by the end of 2010, Federal government spending per recipient of health, welfare, college tuition, housing, retirement, food stamps and other nutritional handouts, Social Security retirement and agricultural outlays rose to a total of $32,748 per recipient as opposed to $32,446 Per capita disposable income for working Americans.

What does this mean? It's now more profitable to live on the government than to work. This is all thanks to the Democrats success in building the dependent society.

What President Obama is doing is making a case that a citizen is better off accepting government aid than working.  If 50.1 percent of voters come to depend on government aid, it's bye-bye Republicans.

More than 91 million Americans are considered totally and "unchangingly" dependent on government. With the exception of those on Social Security, over 95 percent of these vote Democrat.

Public policy appears to matter in the growth of the Index of Dependence on Government. The rapid increase in the 1960s and 1970s corresponds with a new commitment by the federal government to solve local social and economic problems, which had previously been the responsibility of local governments, civil society organizations, communities, and families. The sum of government employees and the population covered by programs contained in this Index grew dramatically, even after accounting for the military buildup for the Vietnam War during the mid-1960s.

The 1980s and 1990s generally witnessed much slower growth in the Index. That's because the GOP controlled either the White House or the Congress.

Unfortunately, the first decade of the new millennium was a different story; the Index resumed the growth rates attained during the Jimmy Carter years, and has recently been on an upward tear like never before.

Americans should be concerned about this seemingly relentless upward march in Index scores. Dependence on the federal government for life’s many challenges strips civil society of its historical and necessary role in providing aid and renewal through the intimate relationships of family, community, and local institutions and local governments.

The increase in government dependency corresponds to the decay of civil society, and it reflects a declining role in this most important aspect of society, that is self-reliance.

African-American Congressman Allen West is correct when he said on February 15th that "government handouts is a form of modern day slavery." About the GOP, West said "Our party firmly believes in the safety net. We reject the idea of the safety net becoming a hammock."

Therein lies the difference looking us in the face come November. Obama wants to continue to expand the Nanny State. Republicans just want to stop spending money we don't have on programs that create complacency. In addition to breaking the American bank, the welfare state breaks its beneficiaries' minds.

Remember: That "D" after a candidate's name now means: "Dependency."


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