Susan Stamper Brown

The 2010 Index of Dependence on Government report prepared by the Heritage Foundation found that government dependence in America grew by 13.6 percent in 2009 and by a jaw-dropping 49 percent since 2001. What has also increased, according to the Pew poll, is that young Americans are relatively supportive of letting the government fill the economic gap created by single parent homes.

While it is true that a whole lot of great kids can come from single parent homes and some downright crummy kids can come from a two-parent home, it is both reasonable and fair to conclude that America is paying the price, good and bad, for each generation’s choices. No matter their flavor, it cannot be denied that one of our most precious commodities is found seated around America’s holiday tables, be it that Great Depression grandparent who eats what’s left on your plate or that disgusting at her age, braless peacenik aunt.

With that said, this nut is signing off for 2011 and hitting the road in my dirty SUV for another round of family.

Susan Stamper Brown

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