A famous labor leader when asked what unions wanted, replied “more.” Hey who doesn’t? That is certainly true of the Americans who support the philosophy of Bernie Sanders.
They want more from the federal government. Or more accurately, they want (mostly others) to pay more taxes, give it to government and then have government set priorities for spending and thereby to define social justice and greatly deplete individual responsibility in the process. But how much more?
Sixty-seven percent of the federal budget already goes directly to programs intended to help people; overwhelmingly the poor and elderly. That is far more than even defense. We have pursued that road for decades. Rather than setting a goal of reducing such spending by reducing or eliminating the need, a good portion of a new generation wants more of the same, a lot more “free” stuff.
Do we really need and want a society where individual responsibility, initiative, drive, and accountability come in second to government support? Do we want a society that does not reward success, but rather encourages complacency and discourages personal growth?
Where does all that lead?
How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a
Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a
Forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence
Impoverished, in squalor
Grow up to be a hero and a scholar?
The ten-dollar founding father without a father
Got a lot farther by working a lot harder
By being a lot smarter
By being a self-starter.
Plannin’ for the future see
Him now as he stands on
The bow of a ship headed for a new land
In New York you can be a new man.
Categories: Observations on life