Tom Purcell

Now the CBO tells us our newest entitlement is going to cause millions of others to aspire to use the system to their advantage - to qualify for free food, health insurance, housing subsidies, free utilities and on and on.

It wasn't so long ago that people came to America asking for nothing more than the freedom to make their own way. They wanted to live the American dream and work hard so their children could enjoy an even better American experience.

How did we arrive at a point where government policy is discouraging these aspirations on such a grand scale?

How did we get to a point where millions of people would rather call it a day and happily accept government benefits than work hard to improve their skills and rise into the highest levels of the middle class and beyond?

Sounds like bad government policy to me - policy that is helping put nails in the coffin of the American dream.

Tom Purcell

Tom Purcell, author of "Comical Sense: A Lone Conservative Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!" and "Misadventures of a 1970's Childhood," is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist syndicated nationally by Cagle Cartoons. Visit him on the web at