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End of the Line for the Welfare State?
Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2014 | Pat Buchanan

Posted on 02/11/2014 9:22:21 AM PST by Kaslin

The Congressional Budget Office did not exactly say Obamacare would cost the nation 2.5 million jobs.

But what it did say is vindication of what conservatives have preached since Barry Goldwater stood in the pulpit 50 years ago:

The more liberal the welfare state, the greater the disincentive to work and the more ruinous the impact upon a nation's work ethic.

The CBO has just given us a statistical measure of that truth.

The Obamacare subsidies, it said, will cause some to quit work, others to cut back on the hours they work, and others to hold off going to work, so as not to lose the benefits.

The cumulative impact of all these decisions will be equal to the loss of 2.5 million jobs by 2024. A devastating blow to an economy where the labor force participation is at a 30-year low.

The CBO has put a number of what everyone knows to be true: If people don't have to work to provide the needs of their daily lives, some will drop out and become permanent charges on the public purse, deadbeats.

The father of modern liberalism, FDR, never disputed this. As he warned in 1935, welfare is "a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit."

This used to be called common sense. Growing up, we all knew or read that those who inherited great wealth often ended up never holding a "real job" and spent their days in a life of self-indulgence.

However, a related and larger question is raised by the CBO:

If Obamacare alone will cost the equivalent of 2.5 million lost jobs to the U.S. economy, what is the impact of our entire welfare state on the vitality and dynamism of the U.S. labor force?

As Robert Rector of Heritage Foundation wrote in January, if we judge Lyndon Johnson's Great Society only by the dollars spent to improve the lives of the poor and near-poor, an astronomical $20 trillion, it was a success. Rector describes its dimensions.

"The federal government runs more than 80-means tested programs that provide cash, food, housing, medical care and targeted social services to poor and low-income Americans.

"Government spent $916 billion on these programs in 2012 alone, and roughly 100 million Americans received aid from at least one of them, at an average cost of $9,000 per recipient. (That figure doesn't include Security or Medicare.)

"Federal and state welfare spending, adjusted for inflation, is 16 times greater than it was in 1964."

Yet, if we judge the Great Society by its goal, providing the poor with their basic family needs so they can go out into the marketplace and find jobs and join their fellow Americans, it has been, writes Rector, "a catastrophe."

Scores of millions of Americans are today less able to achieve self-sufficiency through work than were their grandparents.

And by providing for all the needs that the father used to provide for his family, the Great Society has helped make fathers superfluous. We have created a system where a teenage girl who becomes pregnant can have all her basic needs met by government.

This is a primary cause of the rise in illegitimacy in America from 6 percent of all births in 1963 to 41 percent today, and to 53 percent among Hispanics and 73 percent among African-Americans.

And that record illegitimacy rate is directly tied to the drug use rate, the dropout rate, the crime rate and the incarceration rate.

If the goal of the Great Society was to turn America's tax consumers into taxpayers, it has been a total failure. We have now a vast underclass of scores of millions who are dependent upon government for most or all of their basic needs, a class among whom many, if not most, have lost the ability to survive without government money, food and shelter.

This is something new in America, something we did not know with the Irish boat people of the 1840s, the Okies in Dust Bowl days or during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Monday's New York Times reveals a relevant and startling fact.

Only 8 percent of the cab and rental car drivers in New York City are native-born Americans. Three times as many yellow cabdrivers in New York were born in Bangladesh than in the USA.

What is happening in America is that the vast cohort of working men and women, immigrants, illegal and legal, who have come in recent decades, 30 to 40 million, have displaced, have dispossessed, the native-born.

But we may be coming to the end of the line. From Detroit to Greece to Puerto Rico, government's ability to expand the benefits of the welfare class by taxing the working and middle class is reaching its limit.

Taxpayers are rebelling, budgets are falling dangerously out of balance, and the welfare state is beginning to buckle under the load.

Perhaps T. S. Eliot was right:

"This is how the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: dependency; poverty; welfarestate

1 posted on 02/11/2014 9:22:21 AM PST by Kaslin
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2 posted on 02/11/2014 9:23:26 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Kaslin

This will make more sense if there are jobs for those that want to work.


3 posted on 02/11/2014 9:26:42 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: ex-snook

Yes!


4 posted on 02/11/2014 9:34:01 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Kaslin

As we’ve seen in Eastern Europe, once you’ve destroyed a country’s work ethic, getting it back again ain’t so easy.


5 posted on 02/11/2014 9:36:22 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin

6 posted on 02/11/2014 9:37:59 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The only way women can "have it all" is if men aren't allowed to have anything.)
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To: Kaslin

The intention is to destroy this country and build it up as a communist paradise.
Don’t doubt me.


7 posted on 02/11/2014 9:44:56 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Kaslin

Just the beginning.


8 posted on 02/11/2014 9:49:41 AM PST by Para-Ord.45 (Americans, happy in tutelage by the reflection that they have chosen their own dictators.)
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To: Kaslin
There is no possible excuse for children ever going hungry in a country like ours. In the town I live in however, there are children who eat mainly and in some cases only at school while money from food stamps and other govt. programs is spent on drugs. There are other kids who eat over weekends only due to the efforts of my church which packs food packets for them with instructions to hide them from their parents.

A reasonable welfare program, which the United States has never yet seen, would provide food, clothing, and shelter for those needing it, but no money or anything else fungible. People would be told that money comes only from work.

9 posted on 02/11/2014 9:49:54 AM PST by varmintman
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To: I want the USA back

What’s the source of the FDR quote?


10 posted on 02/11/2014 9:51:55 AM PST by TheConservator ("I spent my life trying not to be careless. Women and children can be careless, but not men.")
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To: Kaslin

” - - - - Perhaps T. S. Eliot was right:

“This is how the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper.” - - - “

The House RINO have given up again, ——everything seems to be in place now - - - - .

We even have “Doormat” Boehner in place as the whiney, wimpy, Whimper-Speaker!

FORWARD!, into the abyss of Obamanation!

Yo-Dee-Ho! Yo-— Ho!
Yo-Dee-Ho! Yo-— Ho!
Yo-Dee-Ho! Yo-— Ho!


11 posted on 02/11/2014 10:00:48 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Kaslin

That bastard Boehner just caved again- he’s calling for a clean debt ceiling vote tonite, screw the veterans!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/11/boehner-says-gop-to-advance-clean-debt-limit-hike/


12 posted on 02/11/2014 10:07:00 AM PST by matthew fuller
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To: onyx

Great piece, but he really messes it up at the end: the US welfare state isn’t going to end with a “whimper”. At all.

I was in a corporate training class on leadership several years back and one of the class members was an African (can’t remember which nation). He went on this beautiful rant about how he just couldn’t understand how American blacks could be so work-averse, and why they criticized HIM for being educated, having a good job and career, wanting to be successful etc.

You could have heard a pin drop in the room when he was was finished. Even the native born American blacks were silent (altho silently murdering him with their glares)


13 posted on 02/11/2014 10:12:23 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: Kaslin; conservatism_IS_compassion; All
The father of modern liberalism, FDR, never disputed this. As he warned in 1935, welfare is "a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit."

Even the grandfather of the "Progressives", Teddy Roosevelt had this to say…

The need that the average man shall work is so obvious as hardly to warrant insistence.

But the average man must earn his own livelihood. He should be trained to do so, and he should be trained to feel that he occupies a contemptible position if he does not do so; that he is not an object of envy if he is idle, at whichever end of the social scale he stands, but an object of contempt, an object of derision.

We must ever remember that no keenness and subtleness of intellect, no polish, no cleverness, in any way make up for the lack of the great solid qualities. Self restraint, self mastery, common sense, the power of accepting individual responsibility and yet of acting in conjunction with others, courage and resolution - these are the qualities which mark a masterful people. Without them no people can control itself, or save itself from being controlled from the outside.

The man's foremast duty is owed to himself and his family; and he can do this duty only by earning money, by providing what is essential to material well-being; it is only after this has been done that he can hope to build a higher superstructure on the solid material foundation; it is only after this has been done that he can help in his movements for the general well-being. He must pull his own weight first, and only after this can his surplus strength be of use to the general public.

from "Sorbonne speech" 23 April, 1910. Thanks to FReeper, c_I_c, for the link.

14 posted on 02/11/2014 10:13:37 AM PST by PGalt
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To: All

http://www.theodore-roosevelt.com/trsorbonnespeech.html


15 posted on 02/11/2014 10:16:49 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Kaslin
That picture of the homeless men is like something right out of FREEJACK. This is a mostly obscure 1992 movie that's a futuristic and depressing vision of the envisioned 2009. It stars Mick Jagger, Emilio Estevez, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins.

This movie is frightenly on-target. I'd put it on the short list, along with The Time Machine, Brave New World and Idiocracy for a real good guess about the future.

16 posted on 02/11/2014 10:27:53 AM PST by grania
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To: PGalt

Bump.


17 posted on 02/11/2014 10:42:06 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion ("Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: Kaslin

‘Taxpayers are rebelling’
I wish that were true. So many are unaware of the size and scope of our situation that they report dutifully to work and spend their precious resources on the latest fad.
Not enough Ants. Too many Grasshoppers.

Capital Strike.


18 posted on 02/11/2014 10:59:27 AM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: grania

Loved Freejack. How about some of that fried river rat?


19 posted on 02/11/2014 11:03:46 AM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: ex-snook

That argument doesn’t wash. There may not be ‘jobs’ but there’s PLENTY of work to be done.
They should harken back to the old adage:
“Find a need and fill it”
That was popular during the worst recession EVAH in the early 80’s. Many took to starting their own businesses (including us) and creating value, thus adding to the real wealth of this nation.
Once I heard Obama say that much of this nation’s wealth is illusory. I almost thought at that moment he understood our problem.


20 posted on 02/11/2014 11:03:53 AM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: griswold3
"Many took to starting their own businesses (including us) and creating value, thus adding to the real wealth of this nation."

Have you thanked God that we made you better than those without your ability?

21 posted on 02/11/2014 12:53:09 PM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: ex-snook

I didn’t see a sarcasm tag there. Maybe you should edit.


22 posted on 02/11/2014 3:11:47 PM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: Kaslin

Socialist Venezuela is about to become Starving Venezuela

That doesn’t happen by accident. It seems to be happening slower here than it does in some places is all


23 posted on 02/11/2014 3:15:00 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Kaslin
[Art.] But we may be coming to the end of the line. From Detroit to Greece to Puerto Rico, government's ability to expand the benefits of the welfare class by taxing the working and middle class is reaching its limit.

Taxpayers are rebelling, budgets are falling dangerously out of balance, and the welfare state is beginning to buckle under the load.

The point of the Welfare State was always, for liberals, to compete with the pie-in-the-sky lies of the Marxist-Leninists. The idea was to smooth off enough of the rough edges of capitalism, that the Communist propaganda wouldn't bite with working people. It didn't quite work, but liberals went ahead anyway, tinkering and enlarging as they went.

Cloward-Piven was and is the response of the Communists: to overload and break the welfare state, throw working people into desperate straits, and then conspiratorially seize the leadership of their institutions and sound the charge on the Winter Palace gates.

And then start killing people.

Nobody, but nobody, outside the conservative movement, has ever sought to take on the Communist ideology head-on, but instead to use the Welfare State to palliate, to blunt, and to turn gently aside the discontentments of the People with large slatherings of Other People's Money.

24 posted on 02/11/2014 4:44:32 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: GeronL
Socialist Venezuela is about to become Starving Venezuela

Then comes Stalinist Venezuela.

25 posted on 02/11/2014 4:45:33 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

bump

The state-run media in Venezuela (almost all of it) continues to air hours and hours of government officials blaming the US imperialists (and the US lackeys of the opposition) for all their trouble


26 posted on 02/11/2014 4:56:54 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

Hmm, what or whom does that remind us of? Can it be a coincidence, that Venezuelan Communists ape our _Resident?


27 posted on 02/11/2014 5:03:56 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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