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Why Liberal “Caring” Is Cruel

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Oh, how tempting it is to think that you’re doing people a favor when you give people things for “free” under the guise of “caring.” Yes, in the short run, you may relieve the stress of difficult times and the resulting financial burdens. But soon, the government “caring” quickly gives way to an insidious dependence that traps citizens into even bigger problem-learned helplessness.

Psychologists have labeled “learned helplessness” as the depression of our age. Far too many citizens are saddled with a depressing reality-“Nothing I do is going to make any difference in what happens to me. So, I might as well remain a victim overwhelmed by the challenges of living.” Their only hope is a government willing to take from the productive and provide entitlements that can meet their basic needs. Far too many citizens have lost confidence in their ability to take responsibility for their own lives.

Not only are such attitudes crippling, but accepting government dependence sets people up for more problems. If short-term supportive benefits come to an end, the shock of increased costs makes life even more difficult. For some, rage and riots are the result as they demand continued support. After all, the government does a great job of training people that they are entitled to government support and are unable to manage their own lives.

As an example, despite being ineligible at the time, millions of Americans who had been allowed to enroll in Medicaid because of COVID will soon be removed from the program. President Biden refused to veto the congressional legislation ending the COVID-19 national emergency that had lowered the requirements for Medicaid enrollment initiated in March 2020. As a result, it’s estimated that a fifth to a quarter of the 100 million people now on the program will no longer be eligible for coverage.

Rep. Greg Murphy (R-N.C.) confided, “During the public health emergency, 18 million people wound up on the Medicaid rolls that simply do not qualify. When this is over, most of them are going to have to get a job, go back to work, and pay for health care through Medicare rather than just receiving free benefits from the government. (For those who refuse to work) they’re going to have to figure out a way to feed themselves and pay their rent and utilities.”

The same could be said about providing “temporary rent relief.” Such relief is another “caring” benefit that stings when that relief ends. In Los Angeles, certain COVID-19 renter protections ended last week, bringing many to the possible threat of falling into homelessness. Landlords who have faced months of receiving no payments are eager to increase rents. Politicians are trying to put limitations on owners, but clearly, those taking advantage of “rent-free” living are in for a rude awakening.

When the gravy train runs out of gravy, people are faced with stark reality. The continuing inflation and threats of a recession are making coping with that reality even more difficult. Many are being forced to live paycheck to paycheck.

Abraham Lincoln would remind today’s politicians of something that is far too easy to forget: “Government should do for people that which they cannot possibly do for themselves–and leave otherwise alone!”

Even when a nephew he loved asked for support, Lincoln wrote back: “The worst thing you can do for those you love is the thing they could and should do for themselves.”

Lincoln cared enough to require others to take responsibility for their own future. There would have been no war on poverty or dependency-inducing entitlements in Lincoln’s administration. Lincoln would have agreed with the challenge Victor Frankl gave to America: “The Statue of Liberty on the East Coast needs to be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.” Lincoln knew that what made America great was not its government but its people, empowered in a free country to live their own version of the American Dream.

John Stossel, in his book, Give Me a Break, shared a graph of Federal spending from 1789 to 2003. The line is all but flat until World War II. When America began, the government cost the average citizen $20 a year in today’s money. Taxes rose during wars, but for most of the history of American spending never exceeded a few hundred dollars per citizen per year. During World War II, the government got much more significant. It was supposed to shrink again after the war, but it never did. It just kept expanding. Now, if the 334.2 million Americans were actually paid the $6.2 trillion federal budget, it would cost every man, woman, and child in this country just above $18,550 a year. Lincoln would be in shock, and so should we!

A government big enough to take care of our every need is a government big enough to take everything we have. We need politicians willing the care enough to say “NO” to out-of-control government spending!

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Dr. Terry Paulson is a PhD psychologist and author of The Optimism Advantage, They Shoot Managers Don't They, Speak Like a Pro, Meditations for the Trail, and The Dinner: The Political Conversation Your Mother Told You Never to Have. Since founding Paulson and Associates, Inc. in Agoura Hills, CA, Dr. Paulson has presented to such companies as IBM, 3M, Kaiser, Nationwide, SONY, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, and hundreds of hospitals, government agencies, and associations. Dr. Paulson is a past president of both the Global Speakers Federation and the National Speakers Association. He’s been inducted into NSA’s CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame, an honor given to less than 230 speakers worldwide. Dr. Paulson is a long-time conservative Republican who has spoken to numerous Republican groups. He currently is a regular op-ed columnist for townhall.com and politicrossing.com. Terry brings knowledge, tasteful humor, and a passion for conservative principles to every presentation. Dr. Paulson graduated with honors from UCLA and received his PhD in psychology and an MA in theology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA.



 
 
 

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Bidenophobia…Fear of Biden Folding to the Extreme Left

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The pressure is building on President Joe Biden. He has rightly taken a stand in support of Israel in defending their country and doing what they can to eliminate Hamas from Gaza. Yes, he is straddling the fence a bit, calling on Israel to do whatever it can to limit innocent civilian casualties. But he has positioned our military resources to back up his support for Israel and protection for our forces in the Middle East.

President Biden has warned nations not to open a second front against Israel. He was adamant, “Don’t, don’t, don’t!” To this point, his words may have resulted in restraint, but forces from Lebanon have initiated some missile attack, and our bases in Iraq and Syria have put our own soldiers in harm’s way.

Recent polls indicate that up to 82% of Americans support Israel after seeing the gruesome images of those savaged from the Hamas attacks on October 6th. But those polls are sure to come down as more demonstrations support “Palestinian freedom” and Israel’s ground invasion results in reported civilian casualties.

Already, Iran and NATO ally Turkey have expressed a willingness to consider joining the fight against Israel if the war on Palestine continues. Iran’s foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, has threatened the United States while speaking at the United Nations. “I say frankly to the American statesmen who are now managing the genocide in Palestine. I warn, if the genocide in Gaza continues, they will not be spared from this fire.” Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan, an Islamist, spoke at a massive pro-Palestinian rally calling Hamas “freedom fighters” and calling Israel an “occupier.”

To appease their own citizens, many Middle Eastern countries, who have demonized Israel for decades, will need to criticize Israel and show some visible support for the Palestinian cause. Hamas knows that and, using innocent civilians as shields, will give them all the images they need of lost civilian lives to stir even more demonstrations and attacks on US embassies in the area.

Visions of a World War III with nuclear implications are being fueled in the media. Jews are coming under attack around the world in ways not seen since World War II. Stores and synagogues are being vandalized here in America. With growing demonstrations with Israel, will Biden’s support for Israel hold steady?

Because of past decisions Biden has made, the price for his support of Israel will only grow. Having curtailed our own oil drilling and processing and used much of our petroleum reserves to help bring down the cost of gas in America, we must import oil to help meet domestic needs.

In response to the war on Hamas, there will be pressure to cut off Middle Eastern oil to America. The immediate result of such a cutoff would be further increases in the cost of fuel for Americans. That would fuel more inflation and an even bigger economic disaster for America’s middle class. With up to seventy percent of Americans already living paycheck to paycheck, higher fuel costs will just make things worse. Salaries are not keeping up with the ever-growing cost of living for fuel and food. Workers are striking for higher wages, which will only create more inflation.

Middle Eastern oil embargos would seriously impact our economy. If you are old enough, you remember the long lines at gas stations in the 80’s. Fifty years after the 1973 Arab oil embargo crippled the American economy, an expanded war in the Middle East has the potential of again disrupting global oil supplies. In response to the conflict, oil prices are already approaching 90 dollars per barrel.

Yes, Trump has proved that we have the oil to maintain energy independence. Oil drilling and production could be reopened. We have the oil to meet our needs, but it would take time for production to meet our demand.

An expanded war in the Middle East could certainly impact more than our economy and the cost of living. President Biden’s open border policy has resulted in any number of terrorists crossing our border and moving freely throughout the United States. With our border resources stretched, far too many have entered our country without proper vetting or controls.

It didn’t take many motivated terrorists to attack the US on 9/11. If terrorists are unleashed on multiple American cities, the cost could be enormous. If so, there will be only one person to blame—President Joe Biden. In an attempt to bring in hordes of appreciative future voters and cheap labor for big business, the Democrats have opened America to any number of devastating terrorist attacks.

May President Biden prove your doubters wrong. Close the border now! Stop normalizing relations with Iran. Freeze the 6 billion dollars being held in Qatar for Iran’s “humanitarian use.” Reinstitute sanctions until Iran stops support for Hamas and Hezbollah and affirms the right of Israel to exist.

Finally, continue to have Israel’s back. If their enemies open other fronts and attack our soldiers in the area, use our forces offshore to neutralize those foolish enough to attack our allies and our forces. Such a strong stand will cost you with the extreme left in your own party but stay the course. The world needs a strong America, and it’s your job to prove that continues to be true.

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