So, now that we know these things, how do we apply what we've learned?According to the author, we've learned that we don't have
enough knowledge to manage the economy. Shouldn't we reject attempts to put
large portions of the economy -- such as housing and health care -- under
central management?Knowing that large corporations will not save us,
shouldn't we root out all forms of cronyism, such as bank bailouts and
green energy boondoggles?Knowing that incomes (and tax revenues) are
not guaranteed to continually rise, shouldn't we be making greater efforts
to control federal spending?Knowing that the breakdown of the family
leads to societal problems, shouldn't we be doing more to strengthen the
family?I'd like to think that we can learn from our mistakes.
And therein lies hope! Perhaps, finally, the real Americans will stand up and
be counted: Work, family, God fearing, and Constitutionally oriented. Andy
Griffeth returns to America. If you aren't living it now, then you never
understood how important family was. Government is not the answer fellows. How
many deaf ears will continue to see the government as their savior? The man
behind the curtain, representing the worst of both major parties, is being
unveiled. There is a return to hope!
The Iron Lady (Margaret Thatcher) was right; "The problem with socialism is
that eventually they always run out of other people's money." It seems
we have arrived at that inevitable place. Obama and he Democrats just don't
know it, yet!
The only era of 'entitlement' in America involved the recent overuse
of the word 'entitlement', as a buzzword for mongering fear. As an
actual 'era' it never existed. Rather, we're using it as an
excuse and enabler to gut what few societal safety nets we ever had, while
shielding our consciences from our own greed and selfishness.
Looks like the democrats are running out of other people's money to
spend.But as Samuelson says, "Sooner or later, the programs
called "entitlements," including Social Security, will be trimmed
because they're expensive and some recipients are less deserving than
others."Won't that be an ugly fight, who is deserving and
who is not. Will the deserving be those who have paid in to SS? I hope so. It
was never meant to be just another welfare program. It was meant to have the
dignity of being something you paid for in advance.
bandersen:Just so you know, Andy Griffith was a lifelong Democrat.
KJBI: Andy made the world a better place by taking individual responsibility for
making it so, not screaming and hollering about somebody else not making it a
better world. I can understand why he would sympathize for those who hadn't
lived the America dream as he did. Pitying someone rather than helping them
discover their own road to success is a typical response from the naive and
uninitiated. Andy's character is the one that many would do well to
emulate. Hutterite: Safety net programs were never meant to
become an entitlement and it is those entitlements that are not only destroying
the people dependent on them, but are bankrupting us, something that can hardly
be considered a 'safety net' for anyone. I do not doubt that there is
a lot of greed and selfishness that is destroying America, but delegating that
'safety net' to government doesn't help the giver or the
receiver. Nate: Kudos!
@Badgerbadger:"It [SS] was never meant to be just another welfare
program. It was meant to have the dignity of being something you paid for in
advance."You don't seem to understand politicians. They
will justify collecting taxes for what seems to be worthy projects... then spend
the funds any way they darn well please.
The difference between human beings and the other animals of the jungle is that
we have the capacity to think beyond the needs of the here and now. While many
animal types developed a herd instinct, they never got beyond the thoughts of
survival. There are those among us that dispute our origins of the
jungle while demanding that we return to that state of being, or so they tell
us. Jungle law gives the opportunity for winners and losers which is the
temptation of the rich and powerful. While they work hard at making
the status permanent, nature shows us that nothing is really permanent. When there are many rabbits the coyotes bloom and have a wonderful life.
But when the coyotes are enjoying their wonderful life, they create too many
coyotes causing the rabbit population to fall and bring starvation to the
coyotes. Which then brings to good live back to the rabbits. Human beings don’t have to let nature cull the herd, if they think about
Oh, I agree we have an entitlement issue. We have an issue of people who think
they are entitled to more than the last generation, without the sacrifice of the
last generation. Yes, this does include the normal benefits, but also that we
are entitled to better jobs than the rest of the work, that we are entitled to
win at more sports, that we are entitled to have to sacrifice - yes - even be
taxed less. Bottom line, we feel we are entitled to not have to work
fast food when we are teens. We feel we are entitled to more cars, more TVs.
We have more of those than every past generation - and yet we complain. We are
entitled to have more, and entitled to do less.And we feel we are
entitled to more freedoms than any other generation. And we feel we are
entitled to decide how others live their lives... Yes, we are an
entitlement generation. Entitled to all the freedoms - and entitled to not
have to do much to support it.
Mountainman:Alas, there are limits to the wisdom of Margaret
Thatcher, as well. For example, she believed there is no such thing as
"society"."There are individuals, and there are
families, and that's it".Assuming you adhere to everything
Thatcher espoused, it seems most of the problems and issues we discuss are, by
@ 10CC. I believe you knowingly misquoted Lady Thatcher. She was speaking about
the fundamental role of families within any society and the breakdown of the
family will ultimately cause any society to disintegrate. Wise up, life is
Entitlements is not a new issue. Kings always thought they were entitled to all
the wealth of the land. For a short period, we overthrew the kings and valued a
person's hard work. Just as all races, religions and genders
are about to enjoy that, we have a push from conservatives to go back to
allowing the few percent and eventual king to take all and leave just enough
scraps to keep the rest of us alive.This is a 10,000 year old fight.
The 1 percent don't work and toil, they leverage other people's work.
Management and risk deserves compensation but not a million to 1 ratio.
"By the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread." Moses."All children have claim upon their parents for their maintenance until
they are of age. And after that, they have claim upon the church, or in other
words upon the Lord’s storehouse, if their parents have not wherewith to
give them inheritances. And the storehouse shall be kept by the consecrations of
the church; and widows and orphans shall be provided for, as also the poor."
Joseph Smith, Jr. My interpretation: Work hard and generously donate
to a church.