"We reject the idea of the safety net becoming a hammock" ~Allen West
The problem as I see it is the propaganda from the statists who have convinced many people that all the problems in the country, & even the world, are because of greedy people in the private sector. Everyone needs to run to the state for protection from the evil corporationists. This ruse seems to be working. It is ironic, because the great majority of the problems we face are not from the private sector, but are from the statists & their fantasy programs. They don't work, they're inefficient & wasteful, & they're bankrupting us.
The whole problem of govt managed risk based products (like social security and medicare) is with their actuarial computations. It is like they got them from a bunch of stoned partiers without computers or calculators. They just pulled numbers out of the air, without any serious thought or basis. Medicare is a good example. People pay in a small amount, then collect double back in claims. No insurance company could operate like this. No actuary could justify these calculations. This is just another 'something for nothing' scam, except the scammers are elected, & the victims are the taxpayers.
This is not some partisan or ideological difference. It is a fiscal nightmare. The entitlements have not been projected or funded with any degree of competence. The results are clear:
We cannot trust the federal government to manage entitlement programs.
I am talking about social security & medicare but the entire welfare state mentality is included. These are more examples of the govt's management skills & budgeting prowess. Even something with real science & data behind it.. the field of actuarial statistics.. the govt screws up & mismanages. With this track record, and there's more if you want to look at military spending & pentagon waste & mismanagement, why do we think the federal govt can manage a national safety net? They couldn't manage a minnow net.
Now some may want to obscure reality, or muddy the water, or deflect from the issue by turning the discussion into a personal one with little jabs & snide remarks. But this does not detract from reality or dispute the obvious. The statists & social engineers have had their experiment. It has not worked in america, and we cannot afford to continue to pour money down a rat hole. It's time to cut our losses, phase out the welfare state, & return it to individual states & the private sector. Many of the other redistribution programs will also need to be modified or ended, like the aforementioned social security & medicare.
Americans are a compassionate people.. probably more so than any other nation in history. But we are not fools all of the time. We have common sense & can see if something is not working as has been promised. We love success stories of those who have risen above their circumstances. We want to encourage & promote those who want a better life. We are proud of 'the land of opportunity'. But we also see the landscape has changed. Individual freedom & responsibility are being systematically dismantled as the statists consolidate power & build their empire. It is not too late. We can return to a more individual based government & deny the statist's plans for complete control. But it will be a battle. Statists do not relinquish power easily. It must be taken from them kicking & screaming. But we must do it for the sake of the country & our descendants.
The State acquires power... and because of its insatiable lust for power it is incapable of giving up any of it. The State never abdicates. ~Frank Chodorov
I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. ~James Madison
It is not that power corrupts but that power is a magnet to the corruptible. ~Frank Herbert