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  • Why Americans will never “grow up” as long as we have Medicare

    06/04/2011 7:35:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/04/2011 | J.E. Dyer
    Beth Haynes writes at Pajamas Media today that Americans need to grow up, and stop thinking we can, in her metaphor, choose and eat cake we haven’t paid for.Her point is good, as far as it goes. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. But as long as we have “Medicare,” we’re going to continue, willy-nilly, to behave as if we think there is one.It is not possible to do otherwise. When people don’t see their arrangements for medical care as a fee-for-service proposition, but rather as a collective “social insurance” scheme, in which the emotion of the...
  • Dependency and Votes

    05/24/2011 1:55:56 AM PDT · by South40 · 1 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | May 24, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    Those who regard government "entitlement" programs as sacrosanct, and regard those who want to cut them back as calloused or cruel, picture a world very different from the world of reality. To listen to some of the defenders of entitlement programs, which are at the heart of the present financial crisis, you might think that anything the government fails to provide is something that people will be deprived of. In other words, if you cut spending on school lunches, children will go hungry. If you fail to subsidize housing, people will be homeless. If you fail to subsidize prescription drugs,...
  • Big Gov't Edges Ever Closer To Self-Destruction

    04/08/2011 4:08:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 8, 2011 | ROBERT J. SAMUELSON
    We have created suicidal government; the threatened federal shutdown and stubborn budget deficits are but symptoms. By suicidal, I mean government has promised more than it can deliver and, as a result, repeatedly disappoints by providing less than people expect or jeopardizing what they already have. But government can't easily correct its excesses, because Americans depend on it for so much that any effort to change the status arouses a firestorm of opposition that virtually ensures defeat. Government's very expansion has brought it into disrepute, paralyzed politics and impeded it from acting in the national interest. Few Americans realize the...
  • Mark Steyn: Cowboy Subsidies. In Harry Reid’s world, Cowboys embody dependency without end.

    03/12/2011 12:12:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/12/2011 | Mark Steyn
    How mean-spirited are House Republicans? So mean-spirited that they would end federally funded cowboy poetry! Last Tuesday, Harry Reid, the majority leader, took to the Senate floor to thunder that this town ain’t big enough for both him and the Mean-Spirited Kid (John Boehner). “The mean-spirited bill, HR 1 . . . eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts,” said Senator Reid. “These programs create jobs. The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy-poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands...
  • Thinking beyond the Deficit

    12/12/2010 4:16:33 AM PST · by Scanian · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 12, 2010 | Andrew Foy, MD
    There is bipartisan agreement across the country that the debt level is out of control. As a result of previous spending and future, unfunded obligations, America faces two outcomes if nothing is done. The first possible outcome is an acute national debt crisis if creditors decide to stop buying our debt. Overnight, government programs could literally come to a screeching halt forcing austerity measures that could spark social unrest and possibly much worse. The second outcome is less drastic but no less worrying, and involves debasing our currency by printing money to pay for spending obligations; destroying existing wealth and...
  • Are Blacks Conditioned to Vote Democrat?

    11/24/2010 8:15:56 AM PST · by pinstripes715 · 27 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | 11/24/2010 | Fran Eaton
    Illinois' own Dr. Eric Wallace reprimands fellow black Americans in a recent controversial Freedom Journal's Magazine column for the community's misguided devotion to Democrats. He compares voting for Democrats to Pavlov's conditioning experiments:
  • Black Republican: Black Caucus preaches victimization and dependency [Allen West (R-Fla.)

    11/20/2010 6:14:18 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    Black Republican: Black Caucus preaches victimization and dependency By Gautham Nagesh - 11/20/10 05:23 PM ET Congressman-elect Allen West (R-Fla.), who said he plans to become the only black Republican in the Congressional Black Caucus, accused the organization of failing the black community by promoting dependence on government welfare programs. "The Congressional Black Caucus cannot continue to be a monolithic voice that promotes these liberal social welfare policies and programs that are failing in the Black community, that are preaching victimization and dependency, that's not the way that we should go," West said on Fox News Friday. "And those are...
  • I just heard it but I still can't believe it (Vanity)

    08/30/2010 7:06:16 PM PDT · by Signalman · 74 replies · 1+ views
    Hannity | 8/29/2010 | Self.
    I was just watching Hannity out here on the West Coast. Hannity had said to Bob Beckel that the polls were devastating for the Dems and Bob Beckel said, and I'm paraphrasing, "These (welfare and entitlement) programs that the Democrats have pushed...we thought we were doing the right thing but we actually have created generations of dependency, and now we have to admit that they have not worked and that they were mistakes." Hannity looked like he was in a state of shock when he heard Beckel say this and he responded that it was one of the most honest...
  • The Case For Capitalism

    08/15/2010 3:42:16 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 15, 2010 | Sally Julian
    One Saturday morning, as I was sitting listening to the weekly Torah (bible) portion, I had an astounding revelation -- a revelation that there is a human compulsion towards capitalism that goes as far back as biblical times. The portion, Numbers 11: 4-9, told the story of manna from heaven. "... and the children of Israel also wept on their part and said: "Would that we were given flesh to eat! We remember the fish, which we were wont to eat in Egypt; ... the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic; but now...
  • Liberalism 101: Childishness

    08/01/2010 9:11:05 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | 08-02-10 | stolinsky
    The worst effect of modern liberalism is not a host of laws and regulations designed to control every aspect of life. Laws can be repealed. The worst effect is not an increasingly intrusive government. Governments can be voted out of office. The worst effect of modern liberalism is the regression of citizens from self-sufficient adults into dependent children who rely on a parentified government to take care of them, make important decisions for them, and take responsibilities off their shoulders. Real children grow up. Childish adults rarely do. And that’s a shame.
  • I'm demotivated

    07/17/2010 4:27:20 PM PDT · by The Watcher · 13 replies
    How many times do our thoughts to ourselves start with "I wish..." and of course, these wishes just don't come true? I'd say, if you're anywhere near human, rather than superhuman, that's a relatively common occurrance. But what DO you wish for?
  • The Left's Psychological Assault on Independence

    07/14/2010 3:40:41 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 14, 2010 | Andrew Foy, MD
    The United States faces overwhelming fiscal problems. Our current level of government spending and future entitlement obligations are simply unsustainable. However, as concerning as these fiscal matters are, the biggest problem America faces has nothing to do with economics, but rather psychology. The strength of a nation reflects the character of its citizens. While America was once considered a nation of individuals fiercely independent and self-reliant, her citizens are moving closer to a state of dependence, characterized by irresponsibility and ambivalence. This change has been instigated by the politics of collectivism and the growth of the social welfare state. F.A....
  • Robert Byrd's Highways to Nowhere: Government pork hasn't made West Virginia prosperous.

    07/10/2010 10:24:03 AM PDT · by rhema · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/10/10 | BRIAN BOLDUC
    'His heart belonged to you," President Obama told the hundreds of West Virginians who attended Robert Byrd's funeral last week. "Making life better here was his only agenda." Maybe so. But despite the $4 billion in pork that Byrd served his constituents over the past 19 years alone—not to mention the untold billions before observers started keeping tabs—West Virginia remains the third poorest state in the country. Government spending does not prosperity make. When Byrd became senator in 1959, West Virginia ranked No. 39 in median family income, and No. 42 in per capita income. Today, it's No. 48 in...
  • Government Dependency Surges; Addiction To Get Worse

    06/28/2010 11:43:39 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 5 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 6/28/2010 | David Hogberg
    Today the conservative Heritage Foundation released its 2010 version of the Index of Dependence on Government. In a word, YIKES! Americans’ dependence on government grew by 13.6% in 2009. That’s the biggest increase since 1976 and the fifth largest going back to 1962, when Heritage began tracking dependence. The index measures federal government programs that can crowd out or constrain private sector or local government alternatives.
  • The Moocher Index

    06/16/2010 1:18:36 PM PDT · by oblomov · 20 replies · 845+ views
    Cato @ Liberty ^ | 16 June 2010 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Posted by Daniel J. Mitchell The Center for Immigration Studies recently put out a study arguing that immigration has had negative effects on California. One of their measures was a comparison of how many people in the state were receiving some form of welfare compared to other states. I found that data (see Table 3 of the report) very interesting, but not because of the immigration debate (I’ll leave others to debate that topic). Instead, I wanted to get a better understanding of the variations in government dependency. Is there a greater willingness to sign up for income redistribution programs,...
  • The Slave Mentality

    06/15/2010 4:37:54 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies · 476+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 15, 2010 | Kevin Jackson
    When slavery is implemented by force, it is certainly a despicable institution. But is it any less despicable when the slaves are there by choice? The interesting point about slavery is that whether it's forced or voluntary, the master is responsible for the slaves. The master feeds, clothes, and cares for his slaves, some masters better than others. But masters also manipulate their slaves. Eventually, all slaves start to notice the dichotomy between their lives and the lives of their masters. There is an urban legend of a slave owner named Willie Lynch who recognized that slaves needed to be...
  • City that can't cope any more-Czech family thrilled with new council house

    04/10/2010 7:19:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies · 1,009+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | April 10, 2010 | Sue Reid
    Helena Horvatova is proud of her seven children. She lines them up in the back garden of her terrace house and explains that the youngest, aged four months, is called Kevin. 'It is a very British name. We want him to grow up British,' says the 27-year-old Czech mother, who arrived in Peterborough two weeks ago. In broken English, she continues: 'We came to Britain because we wanted a better life for all of our children.' Mrs Horvatova pats little Kevin on his head, before plopping down on a battered bench in the middle of her garden, which is littered...

    04/06/2010 12:22:30 PM PDT · by JLS · 49 replies · 1,548+ views
    National Review and Steynonline ^ | 6 April 2010 | Mark Steyn
    “I see some young people in the audience,” said President Obama in Ohio the other day. Not that young. For he assured them that, under Obamacare, they’d be eligible to remain on their parents’ health coverage until they were 26. The audience applauded. Why? Because, as the politicians say, “it’s about the future of all our children”. And in the future we’ll all be children. For most of human history, across all societies, a 26-year old has been considered an adult, and not starting out but well into it. Not someone who remains a dependent of his parent, but someone...

    03/21/2010 5:36:48 PM PDT · by This Just In · 31 replies · 709+ views
    National Review ^ | March 21, 2010 | Mark Steyn
    Sunday, March 21, 2010 Happy Dependence Day! [Mark Steyn] Well, it seems to be in the bag now. I try to be a sunny the-glass-is-one-sixteenth-full kinda guy, but it's hard to overestimate the magnitude of what the Democrats have accomplished. Whatever is in the bill is an intermediate stage: As the graph posted earlier shows, the governmentalization of health care will accelerate, private insurers will no longer be free to be "insurers" in any meaningful sense of that term (ie, evaluators of risk), and once that's clear we'll be on the fast track to Obama's desired destination of single payer...
  • Happy Dependence Day! (Great Mark Steyn)

    03/21/2010 2:17:19 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies · 1,514+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 21, 2010 | Mark Steyn
    Well, it seems to be in the bag now. I try to be a sunny the-glass-is-one-sixteenth-full kinda guy, but it's hard to overestimate the magnitude of what the Democrats have accomplished. Whatever is in the bill is an intermediate stage: As the graph posted earlier shows, the governmentalization of health care will accelerate, private insurers will no longer be free to be "insurers" in any meaningful sense of that term (ie, evaluators of risk), and once that's clear we'll be on the fast track to Obama's desired destination of single payer as a fait accomplis. If Barack Obama does nothing...