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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Facing Reality About Social Issues

Some political commentators who seem to think they are smarter than the rest of us repeatedly say we should just concentrate on fiscal issues and ignore social issues. They refuse to face the reality that federal spending is driven by social issues, especially the low marriage rate and the high illegitimacy rate. There is a tremendous difference in the federal handouts going to married people and to the unmarried. The Census Bureau reports that the poverty rate of single-parent households is 27.3%, but the poverty rate of married couples is only 6.2%.

The current depression has not only changed the kind of jobs that people take but is changing the American character from self-reliance to dependence on government. During the Great Depression of the 1930s when there were no entitlements, Americans didn't look to government for handouts and they grew up to become the Greatest Generation. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, entitlement payments in 1960 amounted to $24 billion (in current dollars), but by 2010 had climbed to $2.2 trillion in money, goods and services. Back in 1960, entitlement payments were well below a third of federal government expenditures. But now, entitlements amount to two-thirds of federal spending, with all other government functions reduced to one-third.

America is now a very different country from what it used to be. That enormous growth of entitlements over the last 50 years has transformed not only the purpose of government, but also the American character. Barack Obama has taken us across a landmark threshold. Many Americans seem to agree with Obama that "government is the only thing we all belong to." It doesn't seem to bother them that their handouts are financed by borrowing from Communist China, leaving a colossal debt to hang around the necks of our children and grandchildren.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am a Physician Assitant who works in a pediatric office. I am repeatedly appalled at the morality of the parents of the young children that I treat. Most are not married but have chosen to have many children. The father has a good job with health insurance and the mother/child is on Medicaid. They ask that child's Medicaid be charged for their child's heathcare so that they do not have to pay father's insurance co-pays. They see this as a benefit to staying unmarried. Children see that the value placed on money takes precedence over the institute of marriage. This is so sad. When I discuss this with others, many laugh and say that they are glad the little guy has found a way to cheat the system like our government cheats us. How can we ever restore this broken system?

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