The British press has reported on families in which several generations have been on "benefits" with no expectation of ever working, and no motivation for finding work. They are offended by suggestions they look for a job.
Thatcher sought to break that cycle and in so doing angered many who thought it their "right" to be on the receiving end of other people's money. The debate in the UK mirrors that taking place in the United States as too many politicians, reluctant to tell anyone "no" for fear of losing votes, indulge people in their social and economic addiction to government.
The battle being fought in both countries is between those who value the individual as supreme and others who regard the state as supreme. In the UK and U.S., government has exceeded its boundaries and just as last winter's floods in the UK have caused severe damage, there has been similar damage to liberty and the promotion of capitalism in both countries.
The Cameron government has cautiously tried to emulate Thatcher in its reform attempts. These include the costly and underperforming National Health Service -- a preview of coming attractions if Obamacare is fully implemented in the U.S. next year.If Cameron succeeds, the left will probably celebrate his eventual demise, too. Such is the poisoned well of British politics.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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