Our founders told us that “Freedom would cease to exist if you take from those who would work and give to those who would not.” Marx on the other hand said that, “From each according to his abilities to each according to his needs.”
The United States became the freest and the most prosperous nation when it adhered to the advice of our founders. As the pendulum has swung in the United States to the belief that it is compassionate to share wealth through government mandate, our number of government reliant people has soared. The Marxist/Progressive Party (Democrats) have promoted the Marxist concept of giving based on need and not production or effort because it creates a tremendous voting bloc for them. Once the Marxist/Progressives (Democrats) have convinced different blocs that they as individuals are incapable of taking care of themselves and need the government to provide for them, the convinced individual becomes a permanent vote for the collectivist movement and becomes a permanent vote against advancing freedom and the economy.
Trump is making a concerted effort to change this misconception that the individuals in these blocs are incapable of being self-reliant. The more self-reliant the individual becomes the more societies problems such as homelessness, crime, and broken families are reduced. The collectivist movement has never produced freedom and prosperity. The individualist movement has always increased freedom and prosperity.
The Trump administration is seeking to completely revamp the country’s social safety net, targeting recipients of Medicaid, food stamps and housing assistance.
Trump is doing so through a sweeping executive order that was quietly issued earlier last week — and that largely flew under the radar.
It calls on the Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture and other agencies across the federal government to craft new rules requiring that beneficiaries of a host of programs work or lose their benefits.
Trump argued with the order, which has been in the works since last year, that the programs have grown too large while failing to move needy people out of government help.
“Since its inception, the welfare system has grown into a large bureaucracy that might be susceptible to measuring success by how many people are enrolled in a program rather than by how many have moved from poverty into financial independence,” it states.
The order is directed at “any program that provides means-tested assistance or other assistance that provides benefits to people, households or families that have low incomes.”
Marxist/Progressives (Democrats) have blasted the effort, arguing the order blends the issues of welfare and broader public assistance programs in a deliberate way they say is intended to lower support for popular initiatives.
“Welfare” has historically been used to describe cash assistance programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Marxist/Progressives (Democrats) and liberal activists say the Trump administration is seeking to expand the definition of welfare to mean food stamps, Medicaid and other programs as a way to demonize them.
“This executive order perpetuates false and racist stereotypes about certain groups supposedly taking advantage of government assistance,” House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said in a joint statement reacting to the order.
The same old tired arguments are being advanced against this order. It has always been the predominant theme of the Marxist/Progressive movement to enslave the individual so they become a permanent vote as opposed to liberating and enabling the individual so they become self-reliant, law-abiding, and productive citizens.