Government spending on business only aggravates the problem. Too many business have successfully lobbied for special favors and treatment by seeking mandates for their products, subsidies (in the form of cash payments from the government), and regulations and tariffs to keep more efficient competitors at bay. Crony capitalism is much easier than competing in an open market. But it erodes our overall standard of living and stifles entrepreneurs by rewarding the politically favored rather than those who provide what consumers want.
The black family survived centuries of slavery and generations of Jim Crow, but it has disintegrated in the wake of the liberals’ expansion of the welfare state.
… I suggest that the more the state intervenes in such situations, the more ‘necessary’ (on this view) it becomes, because positive altruism and voluntary cooperative behavior atrophy in the presence of the state and grow in its absence. Thus, again, the state exacerbates the conditions which are supposed to make it necessary. We might say that the state is like an addictive drug: The more of it we have, the more we ‘need’ it and the more we come to ‘depend’ on it.
I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.
Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself.
If government half a century ago had provided us with all our dinners and breakfasts, it would be the practice of our orators today to assume the impossibility of our providing for ourselves.
People often ask me why government never stops growing, and how the left is so successful at working against the majority of the taxpayers in California. It’s because almost everyone in the process has become desensitized. Overspending has become an addiction for California’s Marxist-progressives, and just like any junkie, they’ve had to resort to crime to support their habit.
It’s disturbing that our current crop of elected officials spend so much time assuring us that free lunches not only exist, but now they are cheaper than ever.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that many — arguably most — of the problems that plague our nation have been aggravated rather than alleviated by federal intervention.
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Once the government becomes the supplier of people’s needs, there is no limit to the needs that will be claimed as a basic right.