Just as it is difficult to put the Genie back in the bottle, it is also next to impossible to eliminate entitlement programs that are started with presumably good intentions. A safety net soon becomes a ball and chain and creates a permanent dependency for some. Is the safety net really designed to be temporary and if so where is the evidence. Rewarding poor behavior rather than good behavior has destroyed the family structure and faith in a higher power in most of our inner cities. Schools are failing because families are failing. The dependency created by welfare and rewarding single mothers with more welfare payments as they continue to have more and more children out of wedlock will create more votes for the liberals in all levels of government but only at the expense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Compassion should be measured by how many people you can get off of welfare not on. Conservatives believe in giving people a hand up not a hand out. We all have heard the saying; Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. All welfare programs should be designed to give people a hand up not a hand out, with rewards for good behavior not bad. Winning votes by keeping people in a state of dependency destroys the human spirit and also destroys the neighborhoods where it resides.
If we look at some of the solutions that have been provided for the inner cities we may be able to see what is in store for us on the national level. As the federal government gets more powerful by the day it will take over more and more responsibilities that were once handled by individuals, families, Churches, charities and local governments. Not only will the costs be higher, the solutions will be more complex and broad. What might be the right solution in one community might not work in another. The goal of solving all of our problems on a national level rather than the local level will just create more problems similar to those of the inner cities. Once again good intentions will need to be questioned. Could it be more about power and votes?
Just as the inner cities have become dependent on welfare programs so too will the nation as a whole if we continue down the road we are on. Government run health care will lay the ground work for this to play out. The sovereignty of the individual and the states will be sacrificed for NATIONAL health care. When the Obama administration, the liberal Democrats and maybe a couple of Republicans ignore other possible solutions that don't require the federal government but would rather leave it up to the people and the states, you have to wonder what their real intentions are. Do they really care that much about your health or is it really about the power and control that it brings to them?
The powers not delegated to the United States
by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States,
are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
If we ignore the U.S. Constitution and continue to create more and more entitlements on a national level, not only will we become one big state, we may become one big inner city and it won't be the Shining city on the hill that Ronald Reagan talked about.
Good people and wealth leave the cities that have been destroyed by liberal policies that reward poor behavior and penalize good behavior. Will good people and wealth leave our country like they did the inner cities? Are we willing to make the sacrifices necessary and return to our constitution to look for the answers or will the ball and chain of dependency hold a majority of us down?