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Will American Exceptionalism Be Destroyed by the Entitlement Society?

David1691 Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 9:10 AM
But your argument wrongly assumes that government should provide the assistance. This diminishes, if not destroys, true charity which is given out of love, and accepted with humility and thankfulness. Entitlements from government produce an environment where the giver feel robbed, and the takers feel entitled. The only winners are the politicians who play emotions for power.

I wrote a celebratory post last November about the dramatic difference between Americans and Europeans. There truly is American exceptionalism in that Europeans are much more likely to think it is government’s responsibility to provide the basics of life.

Another poll in 2010 showed Americans, by a 20-percentage point margin, want smaller government and lower taxes. A 2011 poll revealed negative views, by an almost 2-1 margin, of the federal government. And it’s not scientific, or even a poll, but I also enjoyed this Mark...