The sun rises in the east. Communists deserve the same moral consideration as Nazis. Democrats make policies that decrease employment for Americans. But then, most of the people who visit this site already realize that.
Government spending on entitlement programs has EXPLODED in the last 50 years. According to this article from a 2012 edition in US News it is 100 times greater than it was in 1960. Has it ebbed a bit in the last 3 years? I’m thinking…probably…no. And what have we got for all that money? Has the birth and expansion of all these various give-aways made us healthier? Happier? Safer? Better protected from life’s depredations? Strikes me as a swindle that would make Ponzi and Madoff blush.
I suppose I could write pages on the level of poverty that remains, or our drop-out and incarceration rates, the illiteracy in our public schools. (I am aware that crime and teenage pregnancy are down. Care to compare them to rates in 1964?) But that’s not the prey that interests me just now. What I detest, deplore and despise most about our increased socialism and expanding welfare state is what it has taken from too many people. The greatest gift our nation has bestowed on its citizens (and, to a lesser extent, many people of other countries) is the capacity to raise yourself up from poor circumstance. Handouts have done much to leech that away.
Whenever I hear there are no jobs I ask myself, “Then why have 12 million South Americans poured over our borders?” Here are the possible answers: they are fleeing unstable nations; they are here for the welfare, in which case we need to pack their asses off to where they came from; or they are here for work. As to the first, okay, there are a few of those, no doubt. The second? Yeah, I’m sure that’s some of it. But the third, ah the third! That’s why they come. That’s why they are here. They are maids, nannies, busboys, landscapers, painters, carpenters and the list goes on and on.
They have jobs that Americans formerly had and now won’t do. This is a crime. In order to rise in the job market, you first have to get into the job market. The low level jobs were always the first step for the poor, the way up. Now it’s generational welfare and all the foodstamps that taxpayer dollars can buy. That’s not the way up, and I don’t think the nation or our poor citizens are better off. We’ve been conned.
Today, a holiday, here is an excerpt from a speech that gives some insight to what another guy thought:
“What I’m saying to you this morning, my friends, even if it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go on out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures; sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music; sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry; (Go ahead) sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”
There is honor, integrity, decency and hope in that.