Entitlement versus Effort

By Alden L. Benton

In the past week I have spoken about the true unemployment rate (February 7: Unemployment Numbers Hide Truth) and the record number of Americans who are dependent of government programs (February 9: Had Enough of Obamanism Yet?). 

More than 67 million Americans are dependent upon the federal government, and that does not include federal employees or the military.  Nearly 13 million people are unemployed.

Two things are as certain as death and taxes: as government grows liberty and the economy shrink and, as people become dependent, they no longer strive to do better.

A case in point is American agriculture.

According to a post on Cowboy Byte, American agricultural production is in danger due to a shortage of labor.

“With spring rapidly approaching, American agriculture industries are increasingly worried about a growing labor shortage.  An American Farm Bureau Federation economic analysis concluded that $5 billion to $9 billion in annual production is in jeopardy if the U.S. employee shortage cannot be filled,” according to Cowboy Byte.

With all the handouts the Obamanistas are doling out, the question for many seems to be, “Why work?”

The expansion of government is not only limiting the ability of the economy to grow (see World Bank Report Shows Large Public Sectors Reduce Economy), but also provides disincentives for people to get off of the government gravy train and go out and work (think welfare, unemployment benefits, food stamps, and housing subsidies, to name a few).

This is the antithesis of traditional American culture and is dangerous, if not fatal, to the survival of the nation politically, economically, and socially.

When the president campaigned in 2008, he promised to fundamentally transform America.  Well, he has implemented his plan and the transformation of America from a free and prosperous nation to a nation of weak, servile, and dependent slaves is well under way.

The fundamental question becomes can we survive the next 10 months of B. Hussein Obama, let alone another four years.

© 2012 Alden L. Benton/Independence Creek Enterprises.  All rights reserved.


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