Prevent police from enforcing immigration rules (sanctuary cities)
Increased Social Security benefits
Expanded leave policies
All of the above have been proposed by or implemented by America’s political left. In most cases the consequences and/or method of funding is vague or simply ignored.
At first glance many of these items may appear intended to bring social justice to Americans. They are, in fact, political pandering for votes. You can tell this because the full story, the consequences, the long-term implications and the tax impact are rarely mentioned; only the plus side of the equation, often affecting small segments of the population, is discussed.
What better way to gain and hold political power than to hook citizens on government programs so they continue to vote for the perceived providers? All this is bolstered by cries of unfairness and a rigged system in order to create victims, an entitlement mentality and greater class division.
The consequences of many of these policies are higher prices for goods and services and higher taxes, perhaps a less competitive business environment and fewer jobs.
The frequent implication is that you will not pay higher taxes, only the wealthy and American business will foot the bill. That simply is not possible. A minority of Americans is already footing the bill.
We keep hearing about America being the worlds richest country. Apparently the richest country cannot adequately fund its current Social Security or Medicare programs or its infrastructure as all those trust funds are underfunded thanks to inaction by Congress over many years because it fears displaying the full cost and needed funding. That is the body that wants to control even more of American life.
In addition, the US lives on its deficits and debt while words of caution from various sources are ignored year after year. Rarely, if ever, do we hear politicians plea to get our fiscal house in order, they simply kick the can down the road to make room for more promised benefits.
“Lawmakers don’t like to cut spending, but they have to do something. Otherwise the exploding national debt will be an increasing burden on our children, economic growth and our future”. Martin Feldstein, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Reagan, a professor at Harvard.
So, Americans have a choice to make. What kind of country do they want? One driven by government or one driven by individual effort, and responsibility and actions. Do we create more opportunity or more dependency? Do we reward or punish success? Do we take more responsibility with our money or turn more over to others to distribute?
“We have met the enemy and he is us.” Pogo
Hey, I know it’s not all that simple. I know there are citizens who need assistance and should have it. And I know generations of past Americans overcame more adversity than we can imagine, who recovered from failure and tried and tried again, who seized every opportunity large and small and who did what was necessary to provide for themselves and their families … without whining to the world.