Terry Paulson

Teens being upset and disappointed with parents is part of growing up. It helps prepare them for the good and bad bosses and customers they'll deal with. They learn to deal with business rules, government rules, and the expectations of those they love. House rules also motivate teens to leave the nest and go forward with their lives. Spoiled kids never seem to leave home and often take advantage of their parents' hospitality without contributing to household expenses.

This teen's lawsuit speaks to an entitlement age run amuck. It's a natural extension of the artificial and irresponsible "rights" and entitlements that the Left is crafting out of thin air. Our Constitution does not promise citizens good healthcare, adequate food, a college education, affordable housing or any of the things citizens feel they deserve. These "rights" are passed by politicians playing Santa Claus with other people's money.

Our growing entitlement system is expensive, wasteful, confusing, and counterproductive. Once dependent on government goodies, working to get off support results in lowering one's standard of living. We're punishing the earners and trapping those in need in a lifestyle with little or no hope achieving the American Dream our forefathers wanted for every responsible citizen. Let's get back to good parenting and good government that appreciates the importance of saying no and encouraging personal responsibility.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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