I typically don't like to fight or even to watch fighting. However, I think I would like to "duke it out" with the person who created a welfare economy instead of setting up a system where people didn't just expect handouts and over time, create an overwhelming sense of entitlement in our society. The greatest minds in history agree that those who don't work for their living or have something invested in it have no self-esteem and sense of self-worth. Hundreds of thousands work the system for these handouts when they are capable of working, pushing those who truly need the aide out. In addition, the system of welfare and social programs is not a system of a "temporary leg up" which it was supposed to be originally but has evolved into a way of life where generations of families wait for that government check. This is the ruination of work ethic and pride in our country...ultimately "enslaving" those too ignorant to know any better.
Education makes governing a people easy but conquering a people impossible. Too many of our welfare and social program recipients do not have an education, do not see the value in pursuing an education, and are therefore "enslaved" and "conquered" by their own lack of desire to improve. Too often I have heard statements like, "I can make more on welfare and food stamps than if I work a real job," or "I have to have 'X' number of babies to never have to work a day in my life," or "Yes, I have that scholarship still even though I'm on probation...that gives me one more semester to party hearty on their free money until they kick me out." The people who make it possible for these individuals to rely on this sort of permanent government assistance rather than teach these same individuals to stand proudly on their own two feet--pulling their own weight and taking pride in their educational, work, and daily family accomplishments--are the ones I'd like to punch in the face.
What does this say about me? Well, I think it suggests that I'm tired of listening to excuses. People who can work, should. Welfare was designed for widows and orphans. The truly disabled should be allowed aide, also. Everyone else should help the rest of us pull the wagon. Let's stop getting a handicapped tag to put in our car just because we don't want to mess up our hair in the rain. Stop voting for someone just because you think he's going to pay your taxes or your mortgage. Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather what you can do for your country...expecting nothing in return but a better place to live, work, play, and rear a family.