We, as a country, have descended so far into a “nanny state” that I have my doubts that even the most Conservative president could resolve our dependency problem without all of us feeling a lot of pain — but with that pain, if it comes, will come personal growth and an increased sense of control over our own lives. To me those ‘rewards’ sound like they are worth the price (the pain) but I seriously doubt the stoicism of the masses.
There will be a lot of whining when the trough is no longer full; whining from those who have been taught over many years that they are helpless without the government in control of their lives and fortunes. These same ‘helpless’ citizens have also been taught by Liberal teachers and politicians that they have a “right” to many of the government paid benefits they enjoy; it will be hard for many when they learn they are wrong.
[NOTE: Social Security and pension payments are NOT benefits, they are repayments of money placed in trust.]
If the government is not dramatically downsized and that “pain” is not felt by all Americans, the United States will eventually loose it’s status as a sovereign nation when those who own our debt come to collect.
No, neither this culture of dependency nor the irresponsible management of government is solely the result of the Obama presidency, although he contributed more than any president since FDR; it has been growing over the decades through the concerted efforts of politicians who lost sight of some basics:
Wealth and well-being are the bi products of creativity and risk; the wealthiest Americans are the ones who pay most taxes, create most jobs and give the most to charities that help the truly helpless;
The profit motive is what made this country as strong and as productive as it is. When private enterprise is over regulated and/or overtaxed, threatening and diminishing profits, that business will move to an environment that allows it to thrive. The more businesses that follow this ‘path of least resistance’ the greater unemployment will grow;
Illegal means illegal! American citizens and those here legally are the ONLY ones who should be entitled to benefit from the taxes we pay to government entities and the only ones who should benefit from employment in the United States;
This may all sound very uncharitable but we all have to understand that the government has been overspending and over controlling for many decades as it grew to it’s currently outrageous size and we have to admit that the same rules MUST apply to a government budget as they do to a household budget: you only go into a debt situation if you have a reasonable expectation of being able to pay that debt.
It looks very much like Donald Trump may decide to run for president in 2012 and, at least in my opinion, a President Trump may be exactly what this country needs after four traumatic years of an unabashed socialist agenda feeding a now morbidly obese Federal Government. Trump is a man who sees a job and gets it done. If given a cooperative and equally dedicated congress he will get the job done. Right now, at this time in our country’s history, he appears to me to be our best bet.