Glenn Reynolds on how the moochers are winning and soon the number of “takers” will exceed the number of “makers.”
In today’s America, government benefits flow to large numbers of people who are encouraged to vote for politicians who’ll keep them coming. The benefits are paid for by other people who, being less numerous, can’t muster enough votes to put this to a stop.
Over time, this causes the economy to do worse, pushing more people into the moocher class and further strengthening the politicians whose position depends on robbing Peter to pay Paul. Because, as they say, if you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can be pretty sure of getting Paul’s vote.
But the damage goes deeper. Sykes writes, “In contemporary America, we now have two parallel cultures: An anachronistic culture of independence and responsibility, and the emerging moocher culture.
“We continually draw on the reserves of that older culture, with the unspoken assumption that it will always be there to mooch from and that responsibility and hard work are simply givens. But to sustain deadbeats, others have to pay their bills on time.”
Read the whole thing, as it isn’t just limited to the poor. We’re also up against the crony capitalists who spend millions of dollars lobbying for billions of dollars in government welfare.
Star Parker has a related column offering some advice to presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
If you want to know why America is failing, look at why our inner cities are failing.
Romney is incorrect to label as a safety net welfare state programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training, Emergency Assistance to Needy Families with Children, Section 8 Housing, and Food Stamps.
A safety net is what is provided when a free person, acting on his or her own initiative, falls and we offer assistance to help them get back up and start again.
The welfare state amounts to wholesale takeover of individual lives. As opposed to government stepping in to soften the blow, the welfare state assumes from the start that individuals won’t make it without government managing their lives.
It is not an accident that despite some $10 trillion spent on anti-poverty programs since the 1960s, there is little discernable change in our poverty rate.
The problem was made worse because the broken families and broken spirits resulting from government-plantation dependence have institutionalized inner-city poverty.
If America is going to get back on track, we must appreciate that we are doing to our whole country what we did to America’s poor. (Read More)
We now have a massive welfare state – or as Parker calls it, Uncle Sam’s Plantation – and this twisted form of capitalism where the government picks the winners and losers. Sooner or later the middle class will be extinct, and so will our way of life.
Update: Katy Pundit linked – thanks!