President Obama doesn’t seem to have a problem with the fact that 49% of American households get some sort of means tested wealth transfer. And this isn’t even counting tax credits.
This is on top of the fact that that 50% of the population pays no income taxes at all.
As far as I’m concerned people not paying income taxes (legally) is a good thing. People with lower incomes shouldn’t have to pay the government out of meager checks. But there is also something to be said for having some skin in the game. For many people the government only gives, it never takes. Where does this money come from? Who knows? But that check better show up.
This is not a healthy situation. But the president doesn’t seem to have a problem with it. Indeed one gets the sense after the speech on Monday, in his mind there is no distinction between the state and the people. Getting people “off” of government programs is not the goal. The goal is a larger “more inclusive” (read coercive) state. If wealth is taken from some and given to others that’s not a bad thing. The only reason there are rich and poor anyway is because of history, and hierarchy and bigotry. It’s not that we are creating a nation of “takers.” The people are only getting what they deserve in the first place. They are benefiting from the wealth of others which was gathered illegitimately. If the government class gets a big piece of this transfer, well than all the better. They do run things after all.
The president can dress it up however he wants. But he is encouraging a culture of taking.
His is the mentality of a man who has never run a business, or even existed in the private sector. He’s never had to meet a sales goal or a payroll. It is the mentality of a man raised through academia and who looks upon individual initiative with contempt. The individual you see is the problem. Individuals often disagree with the established talking points, and that makes things more difficult than need be. It would be a lot easier if everyone would shut up and stop bitching so that we could get along with the 4 year plan.
(From The Wall Street Journal)
A growing body of empirical evidence points to increasing dependency on state largess. The evidence documents as well a number of perverse and disturbing changes that this entitlement state is imposing on society.