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Are you entitled?

April 15, 2010

This post at Five Feet of Fury today reminded me of a question that I’ve been mulling over.

How can you fight the growing welfare state when almost everyone feels entitled to benefits from the government?  Even Tea Partiers feel entitled to Medicare and Social Security.  Unemployment insurance is treated as a paid vacation instead of a brief safety net.  Welfare becomes a family business.  Schools become daycares.  People want free transportation, free housing, free entertainment.

It’s a positive feedback loop.  Elect Democrats who give more benefits to more people and those people then vote Democratic.  Honestly, the Republicans aren’t much better because they are also trying to buy votes.

Is there any way to shrink the size of government?  To roll back welfare and unemployment benefits?  To reduce government spending?  To reduce government intrusion into business?

Must we wait for disaster and collapse to return to the basics?  Does the economy have to fall apart before budgets are cut and spending reined in?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Scott Down permalink
    April 20, 2010 9:10 am

    It seems to me that you feel entitled to a smaller government, a rolled back welfare system (and, presumably, a larger portion of your cheque), a less expensive or interventionist government.

    It seems to me that you feel entitled to a system that doesn’t fail; a government, an economy and a culture that don’t collapse; ‘the basics’; and reigned in spending.

    Where is your sense of entitlement coming from?

  2. Michele permalink*
    April 20, 2010 9:34 am

    That’s not entitlement.

    That’s good government.

  3. Scott Down permalink
    April 20, 2010 10:12 am

    So when you want something, it’s good government. When someone else wants something, it’s entitlement?

    When you want the candy bar, it’s a nice little treat. When someone else wants the candy bar, they’re big, fat slobs.

  4. Vahe permalink
    October 11, 2010 8:34 pm

    I competely agree with you! Everyone feels entitled to other people’s hard work earnings. This great country (before the progressive got a hold of it) used to provide a chance to prosper through the individuals hardwork. Now everyone has their hands sticking out waiting for a cut of it!

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