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20 Signs That The Culture Of Government Dependence Has Gotten Completely And Totally Out Of Control

More Americans are financially dependent on the government than ever before.  For a variety of reasons, there are now tens of millions of Americans that would not be able to survive without government assistance.  As I wrote about the other day, the insane economic policies of our "representatives" in Washington D.C. have created a situation where there are not nearly enough decent jobs for everyone.  So the job market has become a giant game of "musical chairs" and a lot of American families have been left out in the cold when the music has stopped.  Of course we are not going to let them starve in the streets.  There are also some Americans that simply do not have the capacity to take care of themselves.  It is certainly the compassionate thing to do to give them a helping hand.  However, with all of that said, we also have to face the fact that we have created a "culture of dependence" in this country.  Americans that are now in their prime working years have been taught all of their lives that the government is going to take care of them from the cradle to the grave.  This culture of government dependence has gotten completely and totally out of control, and now nearly half of all American households receive some form of government benefits.  As a result, our debt is absolutely exploding, everyone looks to the government to solve our problems and very few Americans seem to possess a very strong work ethic any longer.

This article is going to make a lot of people angry, but it is imperative that we all comes to grips with the fact that this is not how a society is supposed to work.  Yes, we should help those that do not have the capacity to help themselves.  Yes, the insane policies of the federal government have created this economic environment where very few people can find jobs.  We didn't want to keep their jobs in the country, so now we are going to have to support millions of displaced American workers somehow.

However, the notion that the federal government is supposed to take care of us from the time that we are born until the time that we die is poisonous.  As you will see below, federal government handouts have absolutely skyrocketed in recent years, but this has just created an environment where people are demanding even more handouts.

The truth is that the government is not your mommy and your daddy.  The government is not there to take money away from someone else and give it to you.  The government is supposed to be the "referee" - not your own personal caretaker.

So should we just start dumping millions upon millions of people off of government welfare rolls?

Of course not.  We cannot do that, because from the time that they were babies millions of Americans have been taught to be completely dependent on the government.  If we just suddenly cut them off they would not be able to make it.  They simply have never learned how.  We aren't going to let tens of millions of people starve in the streets.  A growing percentage of Americans have never learned how to make it on their own.

That is one of the reasons why this culture of government dependence is so toxic.  People never learn to take care of themselves.

Unfortunately, the American people have become absolutely addicted to government money.  One way not to get elected is to threaten to reduce the government checks that people get every month.  Any politician that is honest about what we really can afford usually does not get a whole lot of support.

Yes, there is nothing wrong with helping the poor, the needy, the homeless and the despairing.

But each year millions more Americans climb aboard the "safety net".  As I keep warning, at some point the "safety net" is going to break.

The government is not supposed to be your God.  If you have problems, then you need to fix them.

Yes, without a doubt that is not an easy thing to do in this economic environment.  Our government has royally messed things up.

But life is not easy and life is not fair.  Sometimes you just have to do the best you can with what you have.  If you wait around for the government to be your savior, you will almost always end up deeply disappointed and you will never get anywhere in life.

The following are 20 signs that the culture of government dependence has gotten completely and totally out of control....

#1 If you can believe it, 48.5% of all Americans now live in a household that receives some form of government benefits.  Back in 1983, that number was less than 30 percent.

#2 Way too many Americans believe that the government should just swoop in and solve all of their problems.  For example, the plight of a single mother named Angel Adams made national headlines recently.  Over the years her relationships with three different men have produced 15 children, and she was recently found living in a single motel room with 12 of those children.

As you can see in the video below, Adams is looking for the government to come in and rescue her.  The following is what Adams told one reporter....

“Somebody needs to pay for all my children and my – for all my suffering. Somebody needs to be held accountable, and they need to pay.”

You can see news clips about this case in the video posted below....

After seeing this video, most Americans would respond with statements such as these....

*"The government needs to help that mother out"

*"The government needs to take those children away from her"

*"The government needs to keep women like that from having so many kids"

Do you see the common theme there?

Today, Americans almost always think that the solution to a problem involves the government doing something.

In America, women should be free to have as many children as they want.  But they should also not expect the government to swoop in and rescue them from the consequences of the choices that they have made.

Yes, we always need to make sure that all children have food to eat and a roof over their heads.  But it is not the job of the government to come in and control her life, and it is not the job of the government "to pay" for her to have a comfortable life either.

#3 The amount of money paid out to individual citizens by the government today is absolutely staggering.  In 1980, government transfer payments accounted for just 11.7% of all income.  Today, government transfer payments account for 18.4% of all income.

#4 According to a recent ABC News report, suicides in rural America are spiking, and experts say that cuts to Medicaid are partly to blame....

Kathie Garrett, co-chairman of the Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention, says the problem has gotten only worse since the recession. "The poor economy and unemployment—those put a lot of stress on people's lives," she explains. To save money, people skip doctor visits and cut back on taking prescribed medications. Cuts in Medicaid have reduced the services available to the mentally ill.

"I personally know people who lost Medicaid who've attempted suicide," says Garrett.

#5 By the end of 2011, approximately 55 million Americans will receive a total of 727 billion dollars in Social Security benefits.  In future years, this dollar figure is projected to absolutely skyrocket.

#6 When you total it all up, American households are now receiving more money from the U.S. government than they are paying to the government in taxes.

#7 It is being projected that the federal government will account for more than 50 percent of all health care spending in 2012.

#8 Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.  Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.

#9 According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Social Security system paid out more in benefits than it received in payroll taxes in 2010.  That was not supposed to happen until at least 2016.

#10 The federal government is expected to "take care" of their workers far better than the private sector does.  If you can believe it, the average federal employee in the Washington D.C. area brings in total compensation worth more than $126,000 a year.

#11 Last year, federal employees "earned" approximately 447 billion dollars in total compensation.

#12 Spending by the federal government accounts for approximately one third of the GDP of the entire Washington D.C. region.

#13 The federal government spent more than 50 billion dollars on "housing assistance" in 2009.

#14 The U.S. government now says that the Medicare trust fund will run out five years faster than they were projecting just last year.

#15 The total cost of just three federal government programs - the Department of Defense, Social Security and Medicare - exceeded the total amount of taxes brought in during fiscal 2010 by 10 billion dollars.

#16 Right now, there are more than 45 million Americans on food stamps.  That means that approximately one out of every seven Americans is dependent on the federal government for food.

#17 The number of Americans on food stamps has increased 74% since 2007.

#18 Sadly, one out of every four American children is now on food stamps.

#19 In 2010, 42 percent of all single mothers in the United States were on food stamps.

#20 According to one study, "64.3 million Americans depended on the government (read: their fellow citizens) for their daily housing, food, and health care" during 2009.

After reading this article, a lot of people may get the impression that I am greedy and that I am "on the side" of the rich.

That is not the case at all.

I have repeatedly written about the growing problem of income inequality in America.

I have repeatedly written about the need to reduce the power and the wealth of the big banks and the big corporations.

I have repeatedly written about how our government is run by wealthy people and almost all political campaigns are funded by wealthy people.

We need to level the playing field so that individuals and small businesses have a chance to thrive once again.

Unfortunately, a lot of people out there think that the solution to these problems is to raise taxes on the wealthy and redistribute even more money to those receiving handouts.

Number one, that will never get those on handouts on the road to a better life.  Handouts are never a permanent solution.  A good job is a permanent solution.

Number two, that will only make the culture of government dependence even worse.

Yes, we need to take care of the poor and the needy.

I am a huge advocate of that.

In the book of James, it says the following....

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.

It is not the job of the government to take care of the poor and the needy.

It is our job.

If you are able to take care of yourself and your family, and you are not actively doing something to help the poor, then something is wrong.

There is nothing wrong with making a lot of money.

But there is something wrong with hoarding your wealth.

Sadly, most Americans have grown accustomed to the idea that they don't have to take care of the poor because "the government" is going to do it.

That is another example of the "culture of government dependence".  We have gotten so used to "the government" taking care of others that we don't even lift a finger ourselves.

We need to stop waiting for the government to fix everything.

The government is not going to fix our lives.

The government is not going to fix the lives of those around us either.

We need to start taking responsibility for our own lives and for our own communities.

Does anyone disagree?

***UPDATE***

Here is another example from ABC News of an American that completely lost it when she realized that the government was not going to be her savior....

A Texas woman who for months was unable to qualify for food stamps pulled a gun in a state welfare office and staged a seven-hour standoff with police that ended with her shooting her two children before killing herself, officials said Tuesday.

We need to help the American people understand that the government is always going to end up failing them and that they need to fix their own lives.

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  • http://www.econmelt.com jp

    While I generally agree that this country is headed for a fall, citing out of control welfare mothers as “the sign” is somewhat disingenuous, given the Economic Meltdown of 08 (EM08) which has NEVER gone away. The truth is that we live in the largest criminal welfare state, populated by the largest pool of welfare deadbeats, in history. Banks, car cos, defense, insurance, agri-biz, hmos… ALL receive welfare in the disguised form of outright payment (TARP, subsidies), contracts or government programs such as Medicare. Next to them, crazy welfare mothers are like a molehill to a mountain. Then there’s “special” favors, like loans to banks at 0% that they take and lend back to us at 3%. This is insanity. But all the presstitutes can say is that the banks have paid back their loans. What a con, and am I a child that I can’t understand what’s going on???

    For more, see: http://watertreading.blogspot.com/2011/02/welfare-state-bigger-n-badder-than-ever.html

  • Hendrik Mills

    There are numerous works of scholarship that show that private charity, especially Church charity, has for long periods of the past provided for the needs of the truly destitute. One example: The Tragedy of American Compassion, a book by Marvin Olasky. The Catholic Church during the Middle Ages (the ages of Christendom) basically invented charitable institutions. Hospitals, universities, schools for the poor, and orphanages were all pioneered by Catholic saints and their followers, such as St. John of God and St. Vincent de Paul.
    We want godless solutions to our problems? We will get godless men like Obama and worse police-state leaders than him.
    Also, we men do need to learn to be men again. When the going gets tough, acquire skills, be resourceful, work hard to provide necessities, and be frugal. The following luxuries are completely unneeded, and cause us to waste billions: gourmet coffee, junk food in general, body piercing and tattoos, air conditioning in cars, jacuzzis in homes, X-boxes, iPods…the list is very extensive. Be frugal, fear God, work hard to support your loved ones. Quit crying for the government to solve your problems. Forge relationships of mutual help and honesty with those in your locality and Church. And remember that saving one’s soul is more important than saving one’s body from discomfort and inconvenience.

  • PatriotAlice

    Just to clarify: The people who complain about government’s print, borrow and spending policies are not anti government..They are just complaining about the size of the print, borrow, and spending government is doing…We just have to live within our means, like all good citizen should.

  • Mad Max

    By now we all know our government is toast.
    Memo to America: Stop waiting for Democrats and Republicans to save you. It’s bad
    for your health and your future. Can’t you tell? You have another choice – use it!

    Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( http://www.revolution2.osixs.org )

    Free people shouldn’t act or live like slaves…

  • Mike

    the harder I work, the luckier I get

  • cindy

    Michael,
    I know you have deleted my comments in the past and there is nothing I can do about that but at least let me put in my perspective concerning your post………and I would appreciate it if you would allow it.

    I work as a CNA. I will NEVER make a lot of money doing that. Somebody has to do that job and not many are willing to do it. With baby boomers aging so rapidly, someone has to care for our mothers and fathers who can not care for themselves because of declining health.

    I have been doing this work for years and have worked very hard doing it but yet I have never gotten ahead making anywhere from $8-$12 an hour depending upon where the job is. As I pay for rent, utilities, gas for my car and car maintenance, household needs, hygiene needs, etc., I literally go pay check to pay check with no savings. I truly would LOVE to get to the dentist without getting a bill for several hundred dollars. I am forced to depend on some government assistance because it helps mitigate my monthly expenses obviously and surely everyone knows without a doubt the cost of living has gone through the roof, thanks to the policies of free trade, outsourcing and globalization.

    I have vivid recollection in the late 90′s, living single paying my own way, my $10 an hour was enough to get by. I was not on any kind of government assistance. I did have family to help and they still do. Today however, the same is not true and everyone knows it! Gas has more than doubled, car maintenance has also doubled. The cost of food has risen so much, I literally scream at the prices on the shelf when I see them…….this is why I am a coupon hound. My gas bill was ridiculous. To heat my 2 bedroom apartment, the bill runs anywhere from $120-$150 a month and that is even conserving gas, keeping my thermostat at 62-65. I could not afford to pay that bill without some kind of assistance like LIHEAP. And yet I got a notice in my gas bill that gas prices are rising yet again starting with my August 1, 2011 bill through July 31,2012. Prices are going up 8.6%. With all of these facts of rising prices, the one thing remains the same……..wages have been stagnant for years forcing people to make choices of dependence upon someone or something.

    I told myself that maybe I should get married to a well to do man, but then I would accused of being a gold-digger and everyone knows that men have traditionally gotten paid more than women, even though they both have the same credentials and same experience.

    I have chosen to remain “celibate” in my singleness because I could not imagine having to support a child when I can barely support myself and yet I have endured countless insults and mockery because of my choice of abstinence. You can not win no matter what you do in this life but still I try to do the best I can with the life I have been given and I know I will be cracking the champagne bottles when my life is over!

  • Mike

    Dear Cindy, I would encourage you to find a better paying job. The reason those jobs pay so low is because people take them. Supply/Demand. If you decrease the supply of workers for that type of labor, and the demand does not go down, they would have to pay more money to attract workers for your kind of labor. Anyone who works a job and isn’t getting paid well should seek out a better job period. Success is not determined by your ability so much as it is determined by the choices you make. Best wishes.

    • Gary2

      or unionize and force the scum bag corporations to pay more.

      There are not any good jobs for her to get. What a stupid suggestion, like DUH?

      • kkflash

        Spoken like a true slacker, Gary2. When are you and those like you going to realize that it is those corporations that are providing the jobs that pay for EVERYTHING? Treat the corporations badly here, and they and their jobs go somewhere else. Then what do you have?

        Union demands, and the associated extortion imposed on businesses, are largely responsible for the loss of jobs in this country. They, along with oppressive taxes, excessive regulation, and the workers’ entitlement mentality have got us in the mess we’re in by making business in the US noncompetitive on a global scale. Unions have killed our economy by biting the hand that has been feeding them.

  • Bob Leinir

    I want to thank you for shedding light on this topic which has been ignored far too long because of baseless optimism. Great article.

  • Kevin Beck

    Regarding Ms. Adams: How did she decide to get involved with so many different men so that she became a baby factory? As far as “someone paying” for her children, the answer is: The men that helped you create your children. If she and the first baby-daddy would have stayed together, then there probably would not have been a second child.

    About income inequality: It will always increase when the conditions for the people make it difficult to earn a living. This includes all the government programs instituted to make social advancement more difficult, the most prominent being the income tax. The progressive income tax is the largest barrier to economic advancement for the non- wealthy individuals. It is also the greatest method ever devised to protect the people at the top of the pyramid.

    The next thing that needs done is to eliminate rent-seeking by businesses. If you are able to develop a product that works and that people will buy freely, that’s great. But we don’t need governments forcing people to buy products “for their own good.” If a product has value in the market, then customers will demand it for themselves. But to demand it for others? That’s using force to protect a monopoly. My favorite example is motorcycle helmets. If motorcycle riders want to wear them, then that’s fine. But for government to FORCE motorcycle riders to wear them is coercion that should not be tolerated by any free-thinking person. This is rent-seeking by helmet manufacturers, and is used as an example of a regulation that impedes choice.

  • Bobo

    One of the main things that was missed when welfare was started in the time of the depression, was that when people received the assistance (free money) there was nothing asked for in return. Of course due to the dire situation for everyone at that time, I can understand the sentiment. This idea was then compounded during President Johnson’s Great Society, where even more assistance was offered for nothing in return.

    If they simply required people to perform some form of service for the community and their country that is giving them the free hand outs that everyone else has worked hard for, we would at least get something back.

    They should be sweeping the streets, cleaning the parks, collecting garbage, etc. and required to volunteer to take care of other people in their communities,rather than sitting on their asses collecting checks. Plain and simple!

  • Rook Master

    This woman is the classic example of someone that should never have been allowed to even have children by law which we should have in place to save the country. Sorry, but she is just too damn stupid and irresponsible, let’s face it. And there are tens of thousands of these women all over the U.S. that have conducted themselves like this currently and for many generations past.

    She is completely responsible for allowing these guys to get her pregnant (duh..ever heard of a condom), but now in the video points to all of her poor kids and says someone else has to take care of them. Gee, who will that be. Me,and every other hard working American that is responsible and plays by the rules, instead of the money going to our social security that we will never see.

    I am sick and tired of this entitlement mentality that says people can behave however they want and because no one has the balls to tell them to ******* off, we all pay the price. Her boyfriends should all be rounded up and thrown in jail and forced to work for the rest of their lives under supervision, so they cannot escape their responsibility to pay for those kids until they are grown up.

  • SeJota

    I’ve heard a lot about wealth redistribution over the past few years, and I’m sure you’ve heard it too. Call it whatever you want, but this is how it usually sounds to most Americans: “We are the 99% of Americans who don’t have as much as the 1%, so we’re mad and think the government should take their wealth and property away so that I can have a piece of it. Wealth inequality is a moral breakdown! We should all spread the money around so everyone gets a fair share!”
    I have my toughest critique for those who believe this: You are a thief. When someone takes my money and gives me no say in the matter, that’s called theft—whether they’re using a gun or the government. At the core of this demand is envy. And that’s not the same as jealousy. Jealousy just says, “I want what you have.” Envy is a different beast. Envy says, “I don’t think I can ever have what you have, so you shouldn’t have it either.” Decades of horrible economic teaching and the politics of envy have kept this monster alive and growing and moving forward.

    This way of thinking makes you assume that all rich people are evil and have scammed their way into wealth. That may be true in the tale of Robin Hood, but I choose to live in the real world. Sure, there are some scoundrels, but the vast majority of successful men and women got that way by working hard and serving people—lots of people. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates changed the world in ways we’re just now starting to realize. Their positive impact on the world has helped all of us live better lives, and they made fortunes for themselves by doing so. Why is it that you’re holy if you help one person but evil if you help a million? That’s just stupid.

  • http://www.getaphoneswipe.com Phone Guy

    This entitlement culture that has been developing since the New Deal in America has severely weakened the character of American.

    As a former teacher, I see the entitlement attitude among children – black and white, rich and poor. The children are not motivated to do much of anything because they either think that there will be nothing for them in terms of a job once they finish school, or because they are counting on the government to support them. This complacency leads to a lack of morale in their classes and many don’t even care to try, let alone give it there best.

    So, how are they treated? Well, the government pours countless amounts of resources into them (specialized teachers). In addition, the standards of achievement are lowered so that we have the illusion of learning, the illusion of literacy, the illusion of critical thinking and problem solving skills – BUT, in reality, are only creating perpetual children.

    I get to home school my kids – THANK GOD – and my 4th grader and I are studying American History. We read a bit of the Declaration of Independence, written by Jefferson. We learned (yes, “we” because I’m a product of government education…so even in high school I did not learn this!) that Jefferson was chosen to write the document because he was a lawyer, but could write in such a way so that the common man could understand the words. Well, if any of you have read this document, you may need a dictionary by your side because it is complicated!

    My point is when this was written, about 250 years ago, while not every child was educated, the ones who were received a much better education that what is present today. A greater percentage of children are in school, yet the quality of education has plummeted. This is despite, or could it be because of, the involvement of the DOE/

    Yes, the systematic dumbing down of American youth is done on purpose. Yes, the purpose is to create a society of mindless consumers who are slaves to their government. Yes, government schools foster and pour into students this sense of entitlement so that the children can assimilate better into that culture.

    And around, and around we go…

  • kkflash

    I read every comment posted to the story above and feel compelled to reply, but really don’t know where to begin. There are so many foolish attitudes expressed here, and some valuable insights as well, that it’s hard to respond succintly, yet thoroughly. But here goes…

    For starters, this is a very complex world we live in, so any sweeping statements regarding political or economic policies must meet the test of overgeneralization. In other words, there will always be exceptions to any rule, but those exceptions must be just that, and strictly limited. Having said that, my sweeping political and economic policy statement is that NO ONE, not a single person on earth, is entitled to ANYTHING but liberty, which is the right to pursue life and happiness. Notice I didn’t say right to life and happiness, I said the right TO PURSUE life and happiness. Within that right is contained the implicit requirement that your pursuit harms no one else in the process, and therein begins the difficulty in preserving everyone’s one right, liberty. This difficulty leads people to form governments and institute the rule of law, as a means to regulate the harm that one person’s pursuit of happiness might do to someone else’s. Some people, through chance or bad choices, will fail in their pursuit, and some will succeed beyond anyone’s expectations. To try and equalize the outcomes (wealth redistribution) for all is folly, and attempts to do so will not only fail, but will create the additional burden of the cost of redistribution. The more successful will necessarily pay a greater portion of the shared cost of the mutual benefits government provides, but no one who receives the protection and benefits of government should pay ZERO for those benefits. In the US, and much of the world, we’ve come to a point where far too many think the freedom to pursue happiness means they have a right to success in that pursuit, and they have collectively altered the proper role of government to try and assure a great measure of success for all, at the expense of others. Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, welfare (I could go on) are all forms of forced redistribution of the wealth EARNED by those who were successful in their pursuit of happiness to those who were unsuccessful. Ultimately, if you equalize the outcomes for all, you remove any incentive to pursue success and happiness with the diligence and ingenuity that is needed for society as a whole to progress. After decades of gradually increasing reliance on government to do for people what they should be doing for themselves, we’ve come to the tipping point; the point at which the need to work hard to achieve even a basic existence, has been replaced by the notion that we’re somehow “entitled” to more than the liberty to pursue life.
    Assuring that the successful pay the unsuccessful just because they exist is not the proper role or province of government. If those who’ve earned the wealth refuse to share it with those less fortunate, those wealthy will have God to answer to in the end, for as they say, “you can’t take it with you.” But, that is a moral issue and not a governmental one.
    My advice is this. If you are able bodied, you must get up each day and do all you can to support yourself and your family. If you fail, you must rely on the benevolence of those more fortunate, and be humble enough to ask for the help of those who have the means to assist you. If you are successful, you have a moral (but not a legal) responsibility to assist those who’ve failed though they may have given their best effort. Despite the accusations of many here, the concept of charity is not lost on the vast majority of successful corporations and individuals. However, no matter your position or circumstance, you should never ever expect something for nothing.
    Government has no proper role in this exchange, and its role and the associated societal cost must kept as small as possible, because government produces nothing. It is a necessary expense that must be born by all in order to provide collectively for those things that we could not do individually. These things are specifically enumerated in our Constitution, and include providing for the common defense, but do not include the redistribution of wealth to the poor.
    P.S. (As I said above, there are exceptions to every rule, and one exception applies to innocent children, who haven’t the choice nor means to support themselves. The woman in the video with 15 kids, and those like her should be handled without compassion nor cruelty. She and the children’s fathers are responsible for the care of those children they chose to create, but have not accepted that responsibility. The children should become wards of the state, and BOTH parents should be placed in a forced work program in order to help provide for the cost of the children’s care. You see, by bringing children into the world, without the means to support them, these irresponsible parents have overstepped the bounds of their right to liberty, because their actions have harmed others. The chilren are harmed because they lack food, clothing and shelter. All taxpayers are harmed by having to support the kids on the parents’ behalf. Causing harm to others is criminal and should be punished. It should not be consoled with AFDC welfare handouts to the irresponsible. If irresponsible sex leads to children that the parents can’t support, the parents must forfeit their liberty until the children are adult and are responsible for themselves.)
    Remember, freedom isn’t free. It has to be paid for every day.

  • Steve

    Obamanomics.

    • Ron Ashmore

      To Steve:
      As eloquent and thorough as you tried to express your views on the pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness, you mistakenly painted the Social Security Benefit (as many have) as an entitlement.
      In our pursuit, millions of citizens paid into the Social Security program just as one would invest in a 401K or an Annuity upon which you could depend on when you reached retirement age. If that investment in a 40K or Annuity, were stolen or “wrongfully managed” so it wasn’t there when your time for retirement arrived, you should have grounds for a civil suit or possibly recovery due to it being Federally Insured.
      Now, the Social Security Program WAS a VERY SOUND and SELF FUNDED SECURITY! Then, President L.B. Johnson saw a problem. He didn’t have the funds he wanted to send a final barrage of troops and munitions to finish off the North Vietnamese.
      So, he let his over zealous ego get the best of us and STOLE our Social Security Payroll and funded his final feud in Viet Nam at the cost of 45 to 50,000 Soldiers’ lives. We still lost that useless war!
      Our Social Security Fund was never replenished. It started from scratch, but now, it was mixed into the General Budget. At the same time, there was none of the remaining capital left to pay retirees with, so now, Social Security became part of trying to achieve a “Balanced Budget.” Those terms are a JOKE ON DC!
      Ever since then, our politicians have tried to estimate when the Social Security system would go “belly-up” with the influx of “Baby Boomers” on the horizon of retirement.
      Our Government has continued to be fiscally irresponsible with the taxes being taken from our payroll checks. They have used it to fund everything from welfare programs, natural disasters, and payments to undocumented families with dependent children born on US soil.
      Now,Washington has never being held accountable for the original money which had been banked for many years and increased creating a sound and successful retirement fund we know as Social Security.
      Our Elected Officials have known for years that failure was eminent. Unfortunately, we have elected some horrible leaders, in recent years.
      In all your eloquence, you cannot take away the right to expect proper compensation for our investment. Just like work, you get compensated directly relative to the amount of effort you invest.
      With Social Security, we all have invested a percentage of our earned wages for which we were promise “X” amount of compensation based on the years and a percentage of the gross amount we earned.
      Just like the pursuit of Life, Liberty, and Happiness; we get out of it in accordance with our effort, or investment.
      So please, don’t take that attitude that we are begging for entitlement, like it were a welfare check and food stamps. We rightfully paid for the privilege of having a return on an investment.
      We have been wronged, and just like Obama’s rhetoric , you cannot explain it away privilege with a “Silver Tongue” or eloquent dialogue.
      Maybe when its your turn to receive Social Security it might behoove you to refuse it and give the money back so you don’t feel like a hypocrite.

  • Ron Ashmore

    When are all you “Do-Gooders” going to get off the backs of those of us who have worked all our lives, paid our share of taxes, including those Social Security and Medicare deductions from our checks! We are not the problem! The Social Security and Medicare programs were healthy and self-funding with plenty of reserve in the coffers to continue growing and helping subsidize the retirement of American workers who live long enough to reach retirement age.
    President Lyndon B. Johnson, emptied those funds into the “General Fund” with no apology! He bolstered up the number of troops and munitions in Viet Nam with those funds at the cost of 45 to 50 thousand lives of our young men and women.
    That money had no oversight committee to account for its demise. There has been no attempt by the Federal Government to replace those funds. All that has been done is to claim that this is an entitlement program, like a welfare check. WHAT an INSULT to the blood and sweat of the American worker.
    The Government has continued to bleed the Social Security Program by giving out funds to undocumented workers and other needy programs which had no part in funding the program.
    If an honest audit were ever attempted (that’s a joke!) to account for the “Stolen Funds” since the time of President Johnson’s administration, it would amount to Trillion$ of Social Security Dollars that will never reach their rightful recipients! What A GROSS INJUSTICE.
    These are criminal acts we only read about that exist in corrupt, third world governments. WRONG!!!!
    This is the US Government! “The land of the free and the brave.” A country whereby we are supposed to trust in and rely on a Federal Government with “Checks and Balances” to protect its rightful citizens. A Nation with the Most Powerful Constitution and Bill of Rights a person could have the privilege of living under its entitled liberties and power.
    Now we, the “Baby Boomers” are taking the blame for the failing Social Security system because so many of us are “coming of age.”
    GET WISE AMERICA! Our Government is corrupt! It stole the money YOU worked your whole life for to subsidize your retirement. The program wasn’t flawed! We got Screwed!

    • Yeah Right!

      WAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! CRY ME A HANFULL! The country is broke and your generation and your narcissism broke our economy! Social Security IS an ENTITLEMENT! and you are NOT entitled to it! You paid into it. It went broke! Too bad. Guess you’ll just have to get a job and work until your 90 just like the rest of us are going to have to do anyway! Freelove generation my @ss!

  • Ron Ashmore

    For Bobo;
    Your comments on Dec. 11th are RIGHT ON! Keep giving out money, food stamps and housing allowance for nothing in return and it spreads like a disease. If these people really need assistance due to hard times, then put them to work on jobs that would at least get them away from the 6 pack and the TV. If these people needed the welfare bad enough, they wouldn’t mind putting in a few hours of labor in service to the community. There are plenty of things for them to do that community budgets cannot afford. The work might normally call for volunteers. Why not put these needy people to work showing good faith and their appreciation for the assistance. It also gives them a sense of dignity. If they are capable and don’t want to do their part, then they are going to get real hungry. There will be someone standing in line willing to put in a little effort for the roof over his head and food on the table!
    As Bobo says; “Plain and simple!”

  • Jefferson

    Work a few hours hmm..
    If you want to just pick up some extra cash
    you can either donate plasma $50, medical tests, surveys and perhaps a small gig here and there. to make around $200 bucks (food stamps) a month is just not part of the model

    There is no way of just popping in to work for a few hours and then leaving. You need to be hooked into a 40 hr a week job that then dominates your life. What is worse is that getting a decent job requires considerable resources and time. There are a lot of people who just can’t bring themselves to live this way.

    We have all seen the homeless person sign “I will work for food.” Great idea. But..
    What on Earth would this person do?

    We have to figure out how unskilled laborers or people without jobs can earn a few bucks and contribute to Society without Big bro stepping in and magnifying the disaster we already have.

    Some sort of spartan slave camp in every town?
    either that or we can pay $40,000 a year to hold them in prison when they get hungry enough.

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