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

kchoate Wrote: Sep 04, 2012 11:40 AM
Excellent commentary Mr. Blackwell! I just love how liberals think. Don't teach welfare recipients how to live independently, with dignity and liberty. Instead make them wards of the federal government with no goals or ambition except to ask for more "stuff" that I can't afford. I nearly into a fight with welfare mother over her buying lotto tickets and cigarettes with my welfare donation. Never underestimate the stupidity of a welfare recipient, or liberals in general. Their idea of a debate is the liberal declares me a racist for asking some very basic questions about government functions and questionable policy. I am sorry, that hasn't worked with me for the past 15 years. Best regards, Lo
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...