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To: RobinOfKingston
Even if he [the thug brought up by the welfare state] were to recognize [the amount of money spent on him], he would not be grateful, for dependency does not promote gratitude.

What Dalrymple says here is true in the US as well. Our black population has probably had more public money spent on it than any single group ever in the entire history of the US, and we are getting exactly what one should expect: resentment and demands for more.

But as the welfare state has spread out its net of dependency, catching people ranging from members of the skilled trades (dependent on government make-work jobs and protection) to university students (living off of grants and "loans" that they do not intend to pay back), we have built a large, seething, sullen group of dependent people for whom whatever is done will never be enough.

12 posted on 08/10/2011 12:10:31 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius
What Dalrymple says here is true in the US as well. Our black population has probably had more public money spent on it than any single group ever in the entire history of the US, and we are getting exactly what one should expect: resentment and demands for more.

But as the welfare state has spread out its net of dependency, catching people ranging from members of the skilled trades (dependent on government make-work jobs and protection) to university students (living off of grants and "loans" that they do not intend to pay back), we have built a large, seething, sullen group of dependent people for whom whatever is done will never be enough.

My late father predicted this back in the early 1970's. And he said just about the time it would happen. Although he had no formal education beyond high school, he seemed to be highly skilled at spotting trends both in the economy and on the social scene. He predicted that one day that the welfare class would grow too large for the productive part of the population to support. He said this would come from both immigration and birth rates. He also said people would develop a sense of entitlement and would become violent if you ever tried to take away their "goodies". This is because of the sick reasoning of the type of person who relies on welfare and believes others should provide for them. He was so right about this that it is scary. But in some ways, I'm glad he didn't need to see it.

But my question would be, why did he (and millions of others) see this clearly and so many over-educated Ivy League type professors miss the mark completely. Might it be that he lived in the real world? Why are these people (American Intellectual Class) always wrong? They seem to get nothing right despite having all the "proper" credentials.
13 posted on 08/10/2011 12:30:34 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: livius
Even if he [the thug brought up by the welfare state] were to recognize [the amount of money spent on him], he would not be grateful, for dependency does not promote gratitude.

What Dalrymple says here is true in the US as well. Our black population has probably had more public money spent on it than any single group ever in the entire history of the US, and we are getting exactly what one should expect: resentment and demands for more.

But as the welfare state has spread out its net of dependency, catching people ranging from members of the skilled trades (dependent on government make-work jobs and protection) to university students (living off of grants and "loans" that they do not intend to pay back), we have built a large, seething, sullen group of dependent people for whom whatever is done will never be enough.

Consider the concept above in terms of "foreign aid," with "dependent people" replaced by "dependent nations."

21 posted on 08/10/2011 1:51:29 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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