$100K is a good bit of taxpayer scratch.
Are these rights?
No one wants anyone to be sick, uneducated, unhoused, or hungry. But are they rights? And if they are, is the government to provide these things? I think that is exactly what Melissa Harris-Perry in this promotional video for MSNBC wants us to conclude. That government has the obligation to intervene in all aspects of life if it perceives injustice, or simply perceives something it doesn’t like. The government is filled with people who think like Ms. Harris-Perry of course.
With Hollande in power, very possibly.
I guess chasing all the capital out of the country wasn’t such a good idea. Those 6 weeks of government mandated vacation sure were good while they lasted.
“Central banking has become the new central planning.”
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.
The federal government has just decided that poverty for family of 4 in New York City means an income of up to $37,500, not $22,500. Quite a leap. As before, the figure excludes earned income tax credit cash checks from the government and also medical and other non-cash assistance.
Ron Paul is no fan of Mitt Romney to be sure, but he makes a good point about the way the vote went on Tuesday.
If we were truly interested only in providing a “safety net” for citizens (and even non-citizens, and leaving aside the question of whether the state is the best provider of a safety net) the size of government would be tiny relative to the languid behemoth we have today.
This was originally written as a column for the Star-Exponent
This must be the high water mark for government. We have such a huge government, which creeps into every aspect of our lives that we must for ourselves and for future generations halt its spread and then begin to roll it back.
This is a gargantuan undertaking. Many cannot even imagine living in a world with a smaller government. They have been convinced that the government is there to help them. To make life easier. That they couldn’t live without the helping hand of the government. Who would protect them? Who would right the wrongs of the world? Government is a friend. Government is good.
Government is not “good.” It is necessary to some extent. Humans, as it has been said, are not angels. We need government to enforce contracts and keep the peace so that commerce can happen, but beyond that? Well, I don’t think it should do much more than that.