“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” — Thomas Jefferson
“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” — James Madison, 4 Annals of Congress 179, 1794
“The Democracy will cease to exist when you take from those who would work and give to those who would not.” – Thomas Jefferson
Government is the single biggest threat to freedom and liberty. Selfish and ambitious individuals will use the fruits and labor of the ambitious and proud to appease and placate the taker. The selfish and ambitious individual will then proclaim his goodness as he shares the rewards of others, understanding all the time that his selfishness and ambition is benefiting only him, while he is destroying individuals, families, and a nation through the evilness of state sponsored welfare.
No nation ever became a great nation because of a great state sponsored welfare program. A great state sponsored welfare program is always destructive of the individual, family and state.
Recently we had two destructive announcements. The first was an announcement by the feds that food stamps can be used to have groceries delivered right to a recipient's door. Service with a smile. The Obama administration says it is too much of a hardship for those on welfare to actually travel to the grocery.
The second story was about the reaction over a proposal by Maine Gov. Paul LePage to prohibit food stamp recipients from using their food aid to purchase junk foods, such as sugary soft drinks and candy bars. He says that the state has an obesity problem and that he will "implement reform unilaterally or cease Maine's administration of the food stamp program altogether." The Obama administration rejected his request, and the Marxist/Progressives act as if saying that a welfare recipient can't buy a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream at taxpayers' expense is a violation of civil liberties.
The welfare/entitlement state of mind has spiraled out of control in America. No one is lifting a finger of opposition. The cost of welfare is now well over $1 trillion a year. Food stamps are so ubiquitous that they have become the new standard currency in many inner cities in America.
It was only a few years ago when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi foolishly stated that putting more people on unemployment insurance is one of the "best ways to grow the economy." Which is more astonishing, that she believes this lunacy or that she would be dumb enough to say it out loud?
We are in the seventh year of a so-called recovery, yet 45 million Americans depend on taxpayers to put food on the table. This is roughly 5 million more than when Obama took office. Medicaid rolls have exploded by more than 10 million, and Obama openly boasts about how many people he's moved into the program. The number of unemployment insurance beneficiaries has fallen, but the number of Americans collecting disability insurance has continued to climb.
Disability rolls are growing even as worker safety has hit an all-time high. The reality, as everyone in the welfare industry knows, is that food stamps and disability are the new welfare. Neither of them requires work in exchange for benefits.
The Census Bureau tells us that most families that are in poverty have no one working. Poverty is still widespread in America not because wages are too low but because fewer poor people have a job. If there are no wages earned at all, it is impossible to get out of the poverty trap.
The ability to manipulate and work the welfare system has become an art. The selfish and ambitious promoters are encouraging this block of voters to work the system; all in exchange for votes and power. Meanwhile, it is now widely believed that the Constitution guarantees the right to things like income and health care. The Marxist/Progressive party is building its power base at the expense of freedom and liberty. If you want to know how it ends; look at Cuba and Venezuela.