Even those jobs would be welcomed by unemployed Americans, but many of those fastest growing jobs are taken by immigrants, legal and illegal. Obama's refusal to enforce the laws against illegal aliens, his prosecution of states trying to do what his administration is failing to do, plus his illegal order to give work permits to 1.7 million young illegal aliens add up to a direct attack on the job opportunities of millions of Americans.
Those who say we can just concentrate on fiscal issues and ignore social issues are refusing to face the reality that federal spending is driven by social issues, especially the low marriage rate and the high illegitimacy rate. The Census Bureau reports that the poverty rate of single-parent households is 27.3 percent, but the poverty rate of married couples is only 6.2 percent.
The current depression has not only changed the kind of jobs that people take, but it is changing the American character from self-reliance to dependence on government. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, there were no entitlements. Americans didn't look to government for handouts and they grew up to become the Greatest Generation.
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, entitlement payments in 1960 amounted to $24 billion (in current dollars), but by 2010, they had climbed to $2.2 trillion in money, goods and services. In 1960, entitlement payments were well-below one-third of federal government expenditures, which is about the same proportion as in 1940. But now, entitlements amount to two-thirds of federal spending and all other government functions have been reduced to one-third.
America is now a very different country from what it used to be. That enormous growth of entitlements over the last 50 years has transformed not only the purpose of government, but also the American character. Barack Obama has taken us across a landmark threshold.
Many Americans now feel no shame in milking the taxpayers, and some seem to agree with Obama that "government is the only thing we all belong to." It doesn't seem to bother them that their handouts are financed by borrowing from Communist China, leaving a colossal debt to hang around the necks of our children and grandchildren.
Obama's expensive stimulus plan failed, and now he offers no plan to create more jobs or build individual independence and self-reliance. We hope for a change in November.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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