We have given and given and given again. With the best of intentions. We are a generous people. Who knew it would come down to this? Well, some did, but not enough. Now it has become shove instead of push and many of us are waking up to a country we do not recognize. A socialist country.
Some of you were born into this too late to realize what had happened in Europe. I wasn’t, but I didn’t get active soon enough. I’m just hoping I am not too late to the game to effect change and get our country back to what was intended so long ago at our founding.
A Fling with the Welfare State
From the best of intentions to bankruptcy and recriminations
by NOEMIE EMERY in the Weekly Standard
The intentions of Democrats are only the best. They want all of the old to have lavish retirements, all of the young to have scholarships, verse-penning cowboys to have festivals funded by government, and everyone to have access to all the best health care, at no cost to himself. In the face of a huge wave of debt swamping all western nations, this is the core of their argument: They want a fair society, and their critics do not; they want to help, and their opponents like to see people suffer; they want a world filled with love and caring, and their opponents want one of callous indifference, in which the helpless must fend for themselves. (“We must reject both extremes, those who say we shouldn’t help the old and the sick and those who say that we should,” quips the New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg.) But in fact, everyone thinks that we “should” do this; the problem, in the face of the debt crisis, is finding a way that we can. It is about the “can” part that the left is now in denial: daintily picking its way through canaries six deep on the floor of the coal mine, and conflating a “good” with a “right.”
Ever since Franklin D. Roosevelt linked “freedom from want” to “freedom of speech” and “freedom of worship,” the left has been talking of everything that it thinks would be nice to have in terms of an utter and absolute right: a right to a job and a right to an income, a right to retire in comfort in Florida, a right to the most advanced health care without paying much for it, and a right to have your children taken care of while you work all day at your job. The problem is that these are all goods and services, though of varying importance, and goods and rights are not the same things.
Much more at the Weekly Standard. Read it all.