Skip to comments.Yes, Mr. President, We Are a Nation of Takers
Posted on 01/25/2013 6:05:51 AM PST by SeekAndFind
In President Obama's second inaugural address, he not only outlined an ambitious agenda for his second term but also seemed intent on shutting down debate about the social-welfare state and its impact on American life.
"The commitments we make to each otherthrough Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Securitythese things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us," Mr. Obama said. "They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great." In other words, the president is tired of listening to critics of America's entitlement programs, and as far as he is concerned, the discussion is now over.
It is not overand won't be anytime soon, because the country's social-welfare spending is generating severe and mounting hazards for the nation. These hazards are not only fiscal but moral.
A growing body of empirical evidence points to increasing dependency on state largess. The evidence documents as well a number of perverse and disturbing changes that this entitlement state is imposing on society.
Over the 50-plus years since 1960, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, entitlement transfersgovernment payments of cash, goods and services to citizenshave been growing twice as fast as overall personal income. Government transfers now account for nearly 18% of all personal income in Americaup from 6% in 1960.
According to the BEA, America's myriad social-welfare programs (the federal bureaucracy apparently cannot determine exactly how many of these there are) currently dispense entitlement benefits of more than $2.3 trillion annually. Since those entitlements must be paid foreither through taxes or borrowingthe burden of entitlement spending now amounts to over $7,400 per American man, woman and child.
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MORE RELEVANT DATA:
According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly half (49%) of Americans today live in homes receiving one or more government transfer benefits. That percentage is up almost 20 points from the early 1980s. And contrary to what the Obama White House team suggested during the election campaign, this leap is not due to the aging of the population.
In fact, only about one-tenth of the increase is due to upticks in old-age pensions and health-care programs for seniors (So, who’s getting the other nine tenth?)
We most definitely are a nation of takers. It is what is killing us. And it isn’t just poor people. It extends way into the middle class and that’s why we can’t cut these things off or reform the. And worse yet, most people believe that “the rich” somehow can pay for all of this.
These programs will never be cut.
With the lousy Obaconomy, why kill yourself with a minimum wage job?
It pays to retire since things are not going to get better any time soon.
Heck if the President has no problem with it, there’s no reason for any of us to feel guilty.
And white males are essentially unemployable.
The flight is going to accelerate. Think of entitlement programs as senior citizen homes for the Dead European White Male.
Your post indicates the ‘fundamental transformation’ brought by the Obama Administration.
Minimized are those who understand growth is brought by creating value. The majority of society now are looters (Warren Buffet) and moochers (Peggy). The producers are now the foreign legion asked to support and defend a city on the hill of which they are no longer a citizen.
History is full of examples.
Mrs. ArGee had some people over the other night from a class she took with NAMI - the National Alliance for Mental Illness. All these people had relatives who were mentally ill. All these people had money.
All these people were talking about letting the government take care of their mentally ill relatives. One woman had even sold the apartment where her schizophrenic daughter lived before entering into a supervised living facility. My wife asked this woman where the daughter was supposed to live once she was released. The woman said the government would find her a place.
To be fair, the woman's daughter has a history of violence. She can't live with the woman. But neither my wife nor I could fathom not doing what you could for a family member before "dumping them on the government" (our phrase, not theirs).
Again, all these women had means. But they assume it's the government's job to take care of their problems.
The Chi-town thug is a big taker and a phony.
Which is why these problems will get “solved” via massive new taxation (VAT, Tobin Tax, Extending FICA to very high levels of income). Just no political will to go about this any other way.
RE: “MY Social Security and MY Medicare aren’t entitlements because I paid for them!
Yes, let’s discuss this. Why are they considered entitlements when personal money was PAID INTO it BY FORCE?
The fact that it was mismanaged by government doesn’t make it an entitlement does it?
MEDICAID is entitlement, I don’t think MEDICARE qualifies as entitlement( where FICA money are deducted from salaries )
In the first place, the word — ENTITLEMENT and WELFARE ought to be de
Love the last line of the article.
Generosity is a virtue, on that we can all agree with President Obama. But being generous with other people’s money is not the same thing.
This statement sums up a century's worth of the essence of the entire "Progressive" enterprise.