Lest anyone suspect that Senator Clinton and her ideological compatriots are being judged too harshly, test their reaction to a similar proposal – say, a plan to offer $5000 worth of tax cuts or tax credits for each child. If their enthusiasm is less than overwhelming, it may be because the tax cut or credit policy would remind Americans that, in fact, there’s no such thing as a “gift” from the federal government – rather, every check from the U.S. Treasury is nothing more than a return of the money that taxpayers have been required to pay into the system. And it would deprive the government treasury of the tax dollars so necessary for liberal politicians to expand the scope of the welfare state.
With roughly 4,000,000 babies born each year in the United States, the cost of Clinton’s proposal is significant, totaling a whopping $20,000,000,000. But for those who really do believe that they know best, that’s a small price to pay for the incremental undermining of the American ethic of self-reliance, and for gaining another opportunity to insinuate the government more deeply into the very fabric of our lives.
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