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Battling a Bailout Culture

Sorceress Wrote: Dec 02, 2012 9:20 PM
Once upon a time the American success story ruled the country. It was a story of people who came to this country (legally) with nothing in their pockets and became successful. It was a story of people who might have gotten a rough deal, but picked themselves up and with hard work were able to re establish their own prosperity and all without government help of any sort. Truly hard hit folks knew that family, church or charities would give them a temporary hand up. The amount of bureaucratic red tape, regulation and govt. interference makes this almost impossible today. There are still those who try, but govt. handouts make it hard to suck it up and put in that hard work. It's so much easier to just give in and coast.

Some Americans believe in the founding principle that individuals are responsible for their own well-being and will voluntarily aid those in need. Others believe that people should be required to take care of their fellow citizens.

This latter group aims to use the power of the state to enforce its belief.

Thus, one group believes in personal responsibility and private charity. The other imposes “charity,” with the threat of prison behind it, on the productive sector of the economy through taxation and the redistribution of wealth.

This second approach constitutes a threat to liberty, to be sure, but there’s another...