A Sad Milestone

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Apr 26, 2011 10:55 PM
According to USA Today, more Americans than ever before depended on government aid -- welfare -- in 2010 than at any other time in US history, and the trend shows no sign of easing.

When the President declaimed in his recent budget speech about how all of us are "connected," I guess what he meant was that we (or at least a rapidly increasing number of us) are "connected" through our mutual dependence on the federal government.

Perhaps in his mind, that's a good thing.  But I prefer the outlook of Ronald Reagan, who observed that a nation's compassion isn't measured by the number of people who are on welfare -- but rather, on the number of people who no longer need it.

An ever-increasing number of people on welfare doesn't signal an increase in compassion; it signals an ailing economy, flawed economics, and growing dependency on redistribution of income.