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For those who have been dependent on an over-doting government for too long, the ability to fend for oneself becomes more and more elusive

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A wise man once said, “In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” That person was Benjamin Franklin.

Franklin also said, “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.” Today we know that Franklin’s words are as relevant now, as they were in 1766.

A Government that Provides All?

When a government, or particular politicians, promise to give everything to everybody, or all kinds of benefits to all kinds of recipients, they actually help no one. Growing dependent on an all-powerful government leads to socialism, a form of serfdom, and a predictable decline in the human spirit.

Yes, in every society, some individuals will need help all throughout their lives. Fortunately, they are few and far between. On occasion, somewhat greater numbers of individuals will need government assistance for a defined period of time.

It is never prudent, however, to have those who eventually can help themselves remain in a state of dependency.

Quickly Metastasizing

Dependency is like a cancer. Once dependency takes hold, it becomes increasingly difficult to shake off. Things are done for you, and handed to you, and soon one loses the ability to take appropriate action. Government checks arrive regularly and, oh my, isn’t that convenient?

For those who have been dependent on an over-doting government for too long, the ability to fend for oneself, carve out a path, work for a livelihood, and become part of the economics mainstream becomes more and more elusive.

There is a paradox confronting those people in general, and those politicians in particular, who truly believe that carefully designed, long-term welfare and entitlement-type programs are the hallmarks of a benevolent, compassionate, and socially ‘awoken’ society. They invariably and, in some instances, irreparably diminish the lives of those whom they believe they are benefiting.

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