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« on: December 07, 2011, 05:38:28 pm »

20 Signs That The Culture Of Government Dependence Has Gotten Completely And Totally Out Of Control


The Economic Collapse
December 7, 2011

More Americans are financially dependent on the government than ever before. For a variety of reasons, there are now tens of millions of Americans that would not be able to survive without government assistance. As I wrote about the other day, the insane economic policies of our “representatives” in Washington D.C. have created a situation where there are not nearly enough decent jobs for everyone. So the job market has become a giant game of “musical chairs” and a lot of American families have been left out in the cold when the music has stopped. Of course we are not going to let them starve in the streets. There are also some Americans that simply do not have the capacity to take care of themselves. It is certainly the compassionate thing to do to give them a helping hand. However, with all of that said, we also have to face the fact that we have created a “culture of dependence” in this country. Americans that are now in their prime working years have been taught all of their lives that the government is going to take care of them from the cradle to the grave. This culture of government dependence has gotten completely and totally out of control, and now nearly half of all American households receive some form of government benefits. As a result, our debt is absolutely exploding, everyone looks to the government to solve our problems and very few Americans seem to possess a very strong work ethic any longer.

This article is going to make a lot of people angry, but it is imperative that we all comes to grips with the fact that this is not how a society is supposed to work. Yes, we should help those that do not have the capacity to help themselves. Yes, the insane policies of the federal government have created this economic environment where very few people can find jobs. We didn’t want to keep their jobs in the country, so now we are going to have to supportmillions of displaced American workers somehow.

However, the notion that the federal government is supposed to take care of us from the time that we are born until the time that we die is poisonous. As you will see below, federal government handouts have absolutely skyrocketed in recent years, but this has just created an environment where people are demanding even more handouts.

The truth is that the government is not your mommy and your daddy. The government is not there to take money away from someone else and give it to you. The government is supposed to be the “referee” – not your own personal caretaker.

So should we just start dumping millions upon millions of people off of government welfare rolls?

Of course not. We cannot do that, because from the time that they were babies millions of Americans have been taught to be completely dependent on the government. If we just suddenly cut them off they would not be able to make it. They simply have never learned how. We aren’t going to let tens of millions of people starve in the streets. A growing percentage of Americans have never learned how to make it on their own.

That is one of the reasons why this culture of government dependence is so toxic. People never learn to take care of themselves.

Unfortunately, the American people have become absolutely addicted to government money. One way not to get elected is to threaten to reduce the government checks that people get every month. Any politician that is honest about what we really can afford usually does not get a whole lot of support.

Yes, there is nothing wrong with helping the poor, the needy, the homeless and the despairing.

But each year millions more Americans climb aboard the “safety net”. As I keep warning, at some point the “safety net” is going to break.

The government is not supposed to be your God. If you have problems, then you need to fix them.

Yes, without a doubt that is not an easy thing to do in this economic environment. Our government has royally messed things up.

But life is not easy and life is not fair. Sometimes you just have to do the best you can with what you have. If you wait around for the government to be your savior, you will almost always end up deeply disappointed and you will never get anywhere in life.

The following are 20 signs that the culture of government dependence has gotten completely and totally out of control….

#1 If you can believe it, 48.5% of all Americans now live in a household that receives some form of government benefits. Back in 1983, that number was less than 30 percent.

#2 Way too many Americans believe that the government should just swoop in and solve all of their problems. For example, the plight of a single mother named Angel Adams made national headlines recently. Over the years her relationships with three different men have produced 15 children, and she was recently found living in a single motel room with 12 of those children.

As you can see in the video below, Adams is looking for the government to come in and rescue her. The following is what Adams told one reporter….

“Somebody needs to pay for all my children and my – for all my suffering. Somebody needs to be held accountable, and they need to pay.”

You can see news clips about this case in the video posted below….


After seeing this video, most Americans would respond with statements such as these….

*”The government needs to help that mother out”

*”The government needs to take those children away from her”

*”The government needs to keep women like that from having so many kids”

Do you see the common theme there?

Today, Americans almost always think that the solution to a problem involves the government doing something.

In America, women should be free to have as many children as they want. But they should also not expect the government to swoop in and rescue them from the consequences of the choices that they have made.

Yes, we always need to make sure that all children have food to eat and a roof over their heads. But it is not the job of the government to come in and control her life, and it is not the job of the government “to pay” for her to have a comfortable life either.

#3 The amount of money paid out to individual citizens by the government today is absolutely staggering. In 1980, government transfer payments accounted for just 11.7% of all income. Today, government transfer payments account for 18.4% of all income.

#4 According to a recent ABC News report, suicides in rural America are spiking, and experts say that cuts to Medicaid are partly to blame….

Kathie Garrett, co-chairman of the Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention, says the problem has gotten only worse since the recession. “The poor economy and unemployment—those put a lot of stress on people’s lives,” she explains. To save money, people skip doctor visits and cut back on taking prescribed medications. Cuts in Medicaid have reduced the services available to the mentally ill.

“I personally know people who lost Medicaid who’ve attempted suicide,” says Garrett.

#5 By the end of 2011, approximately 55 million Americans will receive a total of 727 billion dollars in Social Security benefits. In future years, this dollar figure is projected to absolutely skyrocket.

#6 When you total it all up, American households are now receiving more money from the U.S. government than they are paying to the government in taxes.

#7 It is being projected that the federal government will account for more than 50 percent of all health care spending in 2012.

#8 Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today,one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.

#9 According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Social Security systempaid out more in benefits than it received in payroll taxes in 2010. That was not supposed to happen until at least 2016.

#10 The federal government is expected to “take care” of their workers far better than the private sector does. If you can believe it, the average federal employee in the Washington D.C. area brings in total compensation worth more than $126,000 a year.

#11 Last year, federal employees “earned” approximately 447 billion dollarsin total compensation.

#12 Spending by the federal government accounts for approximately one thirdof the GDP of the entire Washington D.C. region.

#13 The federal government spent more than 50 billion dollars on “housing assistance” in 2009.

#14 The U.S. government now says that the Medicare trust fund will run outfive years faster than they were projecting just last year.

#15 The total cost of just three federal government programs – the Department of Defense, Social Security and Medicare – exceeded the total amount of taxes brought in during fiscal 2010 by 10 billion dollars.

#16 Right now, there are more than 45 million Americans on food stamps. That means that approximately one out of every seven Americans is dependent on the federal government for food.

#17 The number of Americans on food stamps has increased 74% since 2007.

#18 Sadly, one out of every four American children is now on food stamps.

#19 In 2010, 42 percent of all single mothers in the United States were on food stamps.

#20 According to one study, “64.3 million Americans depended on the government (read: their fellow citizens) for their daily housing, food, and health care” during 2009.

After reading this article, a lot of people may get the impression that I am greedy and that I am “on the side” of the rich.

That is not the case at all.

I have repeatedly written about the growing problem of income inequality in America.

I have repeatedly written about the need to reduce the power and the wealth of the big banks and the big corporations.

I have repeatedly written about how our government is run by wealthy people and almost all political campaigns are funded by wealthy people.

We need to level the playing field so that individuals and small businesses have a chance to thrive once again.

Unfortunately, a lot of people out there think that the solution to these problems is to raise taxes on the wealthy and redistribute even more money to those receiving handouts.

Number one, that will never get those on handouts on the road to a better life. Handouts are never a permanent solution. A good job is a permanent solution.

Number two, that will only make the culture of government dependence even worse.

Yes, we need to take care of the poor and the needy.

I am a huge advocate of that.

In the book of James, it says the following….

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.

It is not the job of the government to take care of the poor and the needy.

It is our job.

If you are able to take care of yourself and your family, and you are not actively doing something to help the poor, then something is wrong.

There is nothing wrong with making a lot of money.

But there is something wrong with hoarding your wealth.

Sadly, most Americans have grown accustomed to the idea that they don’t have to take care of the poor because “the government” is going to do it.

That is another example of the “culture of government dependence”. We have gotten so used to “the government” taking care of others that we don’t even lift a finger ourselves.

We need to stop waiting for the government to fix everything.

The government is not going to fix our lives.

The government is not going to fix the lives of those around us either.

We need to start taking responsibility for our own lives and for our own communities.

Does anyone disagree?

***UPDATE***

Here is another example from ABC News of an American that completely lost it when she realized that the government was not going to be her savior….

A Texas woman who for months was unable to qualify for food stamps pulled a gun in a state welfare office and staged a seven-hour standoff with police that ended with her shooting her two children before killing herself, officials said Tuesday.

We need to help the American people understand that the government is always going to end up failing them and that they need to fix their own lives.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/20-signs-that-the-culture-of-government-dependence-has-gotten-completely-and-totally-out-of-control.html
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2011, 10:40:06 pm »

Sure!  Let's try to convince the American people that, when they fall on hard times, they are better off being homeless and begging for food as opposed to paying into programs that are designed to help them when they are down.

Only a rich a@@hole like Alex Jones would come up with this crap:  make fools like you work against your own best interest so he can pay less taxes.

More proof, if needed, that prisonplanet is simply another tool for the Republican Party to get the simple-minded to do their dirty work for them.
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2011, 11:34:04 am »

Prison Planet doesn't oppose welfare they oppose the failed government policies that put people on welfare.  Like the outsourcing of jobs, repealing Glass-Steagal Act, letting the Bilderberg Group dictate the operations policy of the Federal-Reserve rather than taking orders from Congress like the US Constitution says it should.

These are the Prison-Planet grievences with our current government.  He's not saying ban welfare he is saying alter policy so fewer people need it.
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2011, 04:23:54 pm »

Sorry, if they support Ron Paul (and I have no doubt at least half the people there don't even know what he stands for), they also support no unemployment benefits, no Social Security or Medicare (cause he thinks they are unconstitutional) and lower taxes on the rich.  That means they don't support any social safety net programs!

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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2011, 05:32:15 pm »

That's not true at all.  I'll admit there are those kleptocrat elements to the Republican party that do work to try and undermine all safety-net programs.

However what libertarians are talking about is the reasons that people are forced to go on them in the first place.

Libertarians don't want a total end to social-security, they want the rewards by government to outsourcing to end so Americans won't be unemployed.

They want to end those on welfare from making a profit selling drugs, buying fancy cars while the government pays for their food, electricity and housing.

They want single women to stop getting pregnant just so they can collect more government benefits.

They want people taking out loans and starting businesses and building up the economy not being bailed out then either sitting on the money like banks do or go belly up like Solyndra.
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2011, 09:36:10 pm »

Volitzer, as usual you are so full of crap you are ridiculous.  In the first time, every time you mention 'Solyndra,' you just expose yourself as a right wing tool. If you would have done any honest research on it at all, you would know that the government started doing business with Solyndra UNDER THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION.

The Libertarian Party DOESN'T want to end Social Security??  Well here is there platform, bub, and guess what it says right here:

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2.10    Retirement and Income Security

Retirement planning is the responsibility of the individual, not the government. Libertarians would
phase out the current government-sponsored Social Security system and transition to a private
voluntary system.
The proper and most effective source of help for the poor is the voluntary efforts
of private groups and individuals. We believe members of society will become more charitable and
civil society will be strengthened as government reduces its activity in this realm.


http://www.lp.org/platform

Translation:  they want to give Wall Street your Social Security money!
Maybe you should actually find out what is in the party platform before speaking for them. 


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They want to end those on welfare from making a profit selling drugs, buying fancy cars while the government pays for their food, electricity and housing.

Sorry, nothing in there about that, that is your stereotype about low income people, most of whom are just trying to get by and aren't selling drugs.

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They want single women to stop getting pregnant just so they can collect more government benefits.

Wrong again!  That's another personal bias on your part. The Libertarian Party is pro-choice on abortion. By the way, I don't know any women that 'get pregnant to get more government benefits.' You really are a piece of work:  blame everyone for the current economic conditions but the RICH, who stole all trillions out of the economy from working people. You are the type that would have probably voted for all these corporate w*hores cause of 'family values.'
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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2011, 02:24:26 pm »

Volitzer, as usual you are so full of crap you are ridiculous.  In the first time, every time you mention 'Solyndra,' you just expose yourself as a right wing tool. If you would have done any honest research on it at all, you would know that the government started doing business with Solyndra UNDER THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION.

Different Globalist same results.

The Libertarian Party DOESN'T want to end Social Security??  Well here is there platform, bub, and guess what it says right here:

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2.10    Retirement and Income Security

Retirement planning is the responsibility of the individual, not the government. Libertarians would
phase out the current government-sponsored Social Security system and transition to a private
voluntary system.
The proper and most effective source of help for the poor is the voluntary efforts
of private groups and individuals. We believe members of society will become more charitable and
civil society will be strengthened as government reduces its activity in this realm.


http://www.lp.org/platform

Translation:  they want to give Wall Street your Social Security money!
Maybe you should actually find out what is in the party platform before speaking for them. 

I said libertarians not the Libertarian Party, educated libertarian know that unemployment never gets below 4% and that safety net programs will always be needed.

Sorry, nothing in there about that, that is your stereotype about low income people, most of whom are just trying to get by and aren't selling drugs.

Yeah like you ever venture out into a ghetto and see what real life is like for them there.

Wrong again!  That's another personal bias on your part. The Libertarian Party is pro-choice on abortion. By the way, I don't know any women that 'get pregnant to get more government benefits.' You really are a piece of work:  blame everyone for the current economic conditions but the RICH, who stole all trillions out of the economy from working people. You are the type that would have probably voted for all these corporate w*hores cause of 'family values.'

I've known plenty of women who get pregnant for the sake of government benefits, just cuz it doesn't go on around you doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

I am backing Ron Paul who wants to end the FED and end these Trillion$ in bailouts versus Obama who signs off on them all the time.  When has Obama ever taken a JFK stance ?  Never !!!!   How does Obama help the middle class when Jeff Immelt is outsourcing jobs to other countries under Obama.  The rich are only evil until Democrats benefit.
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« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2011, 11:31:44 pm »

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I said libertarians not the Libertarian Party, educated libertarian know that unemployment never gets below 4% and that safety net programs will always be needed.

Dude, there is no difference, get over yourself.

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Yeah like you ever venture out into a ghetto and see what real life is like for them there.

There's ghettos in every major city, like you even care about them!  You are constantly bashing welfare recipients for being lazy, drug dealers, etc. and wanting to take their public assistance away.  I am not for doing that, I am all for helping out the poor, you aren't!  Who are you to lecture me on that?

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I've known plenty of women who get pregnant for the sake of government benefits, just cuz it doesn't go on around you doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

Funny, I don't know any!  Guess it doesn't happen enough to be concerned about:  as if government money from having a kid could ever pay all your bill anyway.

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I am backing Ron Paul who wants to end the FED and end these Trillion$ in bailouts versus Obama who signs off on them all the time.

The only bailout Obama ever did was the auto industry, which paid it back with interest.
Bush was the one who did the bank bailouts, in October 2008.

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When has Obama ever taken a JFK stance ?  Never !!!!

How about national health care, voting rights, extending unemployment benefits, lowering taxes for the middle class and drawing down the troops from overseas, all positions that JFK would have supported!!

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How does Obama help the middle class when Jeff Immelt is outsourcing jobs to other countries under Obama. 

Again, Jeff Immelt (GE CEO) did NOT outsource jobs to another country, the article you cited that made that erroneous claim was quoted in error and later retracted (see my posts under the forum 'the History of Labor').  Of course, you ignored them because they went against your constant 'Obama is bad because he's black' narrative.
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2011, 01:39:56 pm »

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Dude, there is no difference, get over yourself.

There are conservo-libertarians and progressive-libertarians, www.politicalcompass.org/ , the Libertarian Party tends to lean conservo-libertarian while I tend to be progressive-libertarian.

There's ghettos in every major city, like you even care about them!  You are constantly bashing welfare recipients for being lazy, drug dealers, etc. and wanting to take their public assistance away.  I am not for doing that, I am all for helping out the poor, you aren't!  Who are you to lecture me on that?

Do you even live near a ghetto out there in the mid-west ?  Seiously ?

Funny, I don't know any!  Guess it doesn't happen enough to be concerned about:  as if government money from having a kid could ever pay all your bill anyway.

Right the mid-west represents ALL of America,  Roll Eyes  the truth is many of the big cities in many of the coastal states have many gold-digging type of women who think they are entitled to everything.  These are the types of women who get pregnant just to get on the government dole.  I wish all American women had a mid-western woman's work ethic.  It just isn't the case. 

The only bailout Obama ever did was the auto industry, which paid it back with interest.

What was the STIMULUS, QE1, QE2, and QE3 ?


How about national health care, voting rights, extending unemployment benefits, lowering taxes for the middle class and drawing down the troops from overseas, all positions that JFK would have supported!!

Where has Obama drawn down any troops ?  Iraq is kicking America out, this was of no skill on Obama's part.  We are still in Afghanistan.

Again, Jeff Immelt (GE CEO) did NOT outsource jobs to another country, the article you cited that made that erroneous claim was quoted in error and later retracted (see my posts under the forum 'the History of Labor').  Of course, you ignored them because they went against your constant 'Obama is bad because he's black' narrative.

This was Sherrod Brown, a Democrat in the House of Representatives, who brought this to light.

http://www.whiteoutpress.com/articles/wach/jobs-czar-sends-american-jobs-to-china571/

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/ge-ceo-jeffrey-immelt-the-head-of-obamas-jobs-council-is-moving-jobs-and-economic-infrastructure-to-china-at-a-blistering-pace

but no despite the FACTS it's all one big racist conspiracy.

Will you give it a rest already ? 
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There are conservo-libertarians and progressive-libertarians, www.politicalcompass.org/ , the Libertarian Party tends to lean conservo-libertarian while I tend to be progressive-libertarian.
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Then why is the party platform pro-choice while nuts like you are anti-choice?

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Do you even live near a ghetto out there in the mid-west ?  Seiously ?

You don't think that the Midwest has ghettos?  Have you ever been to Milwaukee?  The south side of Chicago?  How about Gary or Detroit?  We have worse ghettos of anywhere outside of parts of New York.

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Right the mid-west represents ALL of America,  Roll Eyes  the truth is many of the big cities in many of the coastal states have many gold-digging type of women who think they are entitled to everything.  These are the types of women who get pregnant just to get on the government dole.  I wish all American women had a mid-western woman's work ethic.  It just isn't the case. 

The money a woman may get for child support is very little, hard to get and does not cover all a single mother's bills.  Sorry to break it to you. Bankers are getting rich off government policies, ordinary people are just trying to survive. Sorry to break it to you.
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What was the STIMULUS, QE1, QE2, and QE3 ?


Don't know what you are talking about. The stimulus saved or created 3 million jobs. The only people who disagree with that are right wing morons who wanted to stuff that government money in their own pockets.  If it was so bad, why did so many right wingers like Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry ask for the money to be spent in their states?
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Where has Obama drawn down any troops ?  Iraq is kicking America out, this was of no skill on Obama's part.  We are still in Afghanistan.

Bush had 250,000 troops in Iraq.  Obama drew them down by 200,000 BEFORE the Iraq announcement. And now they will all be out by the end of the year.

Troops have begun to be drawn down in Afghanistan, too. I head something like 20,000 started to be drawn down in Afghanistan since since August. There never were any ground troops in Libya.

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Well, he is wrong, as I said numerous times in another post, mostly because the initial release got the story wrong:

GE Healthcare X-Ray Division

At the end of July, GE Healthcare announced it would move 4 executives of the X-Ray Division to China to lead the development of specific products for use in China. Subsequent media reports inaccurately described the announcement – GE is not moving its entire X-Ray Division to China. The team on the ground in China will develop X-Ray products suited to the specific needs of the Chinese market: for example, Chinese hospitals in rural markets require very basic products. This on the ground business development will help support jobs at home.

GE’s overall business in China—across all divisions—will support nearly 4,500 American jobs, including those along GE’s U.S. supply chain.

http://www.gereports.com/ge-and-china-growing-market-overseas-more-jobs-at-home/

GE is adding 125 new workers at the Greenville plant this year, part of an overall addition of 6,500 manufacturing staffers in the United States since 2009.

http://www.gereports.com/ge-and-china-growing-market-overseas-more-jobs-at-home/


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but no despite the FACTS it's all one big racist conspiracy.

As I pointed out, you don't have facts, you have hatred and that's all!

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Will you give it a rest already ? 

You give it a rest!  I'm not the one supporting someone who wants to take away your entire government safetynet (Ron Paul) to print right wing propaganda against a guy who just wants to make things easier for the Middle Class (Obama).  Man, they have you turned around.

Right now, Obama is fighting the Repugs in Congress to extend the Middle Class tax credit.  Do you or anyone at prisonplanet care for that?  Nope!  You probably haven't heard word one about that over there, they are too busy working on their latest Obama conspiracy theory so they can protect their own income bracket. Right wing tools.
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