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Mr. Obama’s America: “Where Everything’s Free But Us”

0_BAMANATION Wrote: Sep 04, 2012 4:05 PM
MINORITIES TO ALL TAX PAYING AMERICANS We want our deserved freebies due to not being provided 40 acres and a mule (fo'gets da damn mule and provides da crack instead). It' ain't none yo crackers buzness hows manies like us weez brings inta da worlds. PAY UP... YO CRACKERS
Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) struck a nerve during his acceptance speech in Tampa, Florida last week. He put his finger on the Obama vision for America and in doing so, may have given Americans a jolt.

Yes, there can be a downside to ever greater government provision. Many things done in the name of compassion—even compassionate conservatism—can have undesirable side effects. In the 1970s, for example, honorable people on both sides of the political divide tried to find ways with coping with persistent poverty. Surely, those who seemed trapped in poverty were living lesser lives. Was there not something...