Right now, our congress is debating about how to trim the budget, and they are finding out that almost everything is somebody’s holy cow. We must understand that we cannot bring spending under control, and eliminate the huge debt liberal spending has brought, without giving some things up.
The fact that this will be painful is going to be used against us by the liberals. Once you depend on an entitlement, you have a vested interest in the continuation of that entitlement; and the liberals count on this weakness to manipulate us. Watch for this tactic; “The evil Republicans are going to take away <insert entitlement here>!”.
This is why we should be so cautious about creating new entitlements. Your employer signs your paycheck, and so has influence over you. But if you don’t like it, you can quit and go elsewhere. With government entitlements, it is a lot more difficult to go elsewhere.
And that is also why it will be difficult to wean ourselves from government largess. But it is necessary for our long-term health.
This is about personal responsibility. Individually speaking, when you get right down to it, none of us have the right to expect more out of life than we earn or make for ourselves. And what makes you think you deserve more than you earn, anyhow? If you’re getting something for nothing, somebody, somewhere, is getting nothing for something.
TANSTAAFL – There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. As Robert A. Heinlein said.
By the same token, none of us should be saddled with enormous debt created by others outside of our control; and that’s what the socialists, statists, and liberals have done to us. And still are doing to us; in spite of the last elections, Obama still wants to spend more. I sure hope he can’t pull it off; he’s done quite enough damage, thank you very much.