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...
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As we've seen in the Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea and other places that have embraced socialism, it only ensures that everyone is equally miserable. One of the most basic rights is the right to enjoy the fruits of your own labor. Socialism takes that right away. There is no benefit to warking hard and contributing more to society.
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.
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