"There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. While the first is the condition of a free society, the second means as De Tocqueville describes it, 'a new form of servitude.'" --economist Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992)
Some Americans are old enough (like me) to remember when going on the dole was something only done when every other option had been tried. Even then, some lingering shame accompanied that choice, along with determination to get off the dole and return to being self-sufficient and productive as soon as possible. Such ideas must seem really strange to current generations, many of whom (particularly the government schooled) have been inundated with the idea someone owes them something -- for nothing, no less; work isn't necessary, retirement doesn't need to be earned, health care should be free, as well as housing, food, transportation, clothing, birth control! They don't realize they are kept slaves since they don't have to do anything.
It is amazing how many people are thoroughly convinced there are more than enough workers -- who will go on working no matter how onerous it becomes to support the detritus -- to underwrite all the slackers, ever-growing number of fence-sitters, and government employees on to the cost side of the ledger. I think it less remarkable we have a president who openly exploits such selfishness and ignorance by taking an American virtue (the free market) and turn it into a vice, which is what Obama does when he labels our alternative to his socialist/Marxist vision as an 'on your own' society.
Of course, "The Free Lunch" has bought many a vote, even if it is a myth. BO has launched a full-frontal assault on our national character. Or what used to be our national character until progressives (Socialist Democrats) convinced sufficient numbers of Americans that success is something that should elicit feelings of envy, rather than admiration and a sense of aspiration. "Tax the Rich!" The rest of you just sit on your baracksides.
PL Booth, The BLue Eye View of MO,
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