Lessons in the Welfare State
I saw this in an LDS talk and wanted to put it someplace that I would remember it. This is a quote from a Readers Digest article about how people can succumb to Welfare, regardless of how well meaning it can be:
“In our friendly neighbor city of St. Augustine great flocks of sea gulls are starving amid plenty. Fishing is still good, but the gulls don’t know how to fish. For generations they have depended on the shrimp fleet to toss them scraps from the nets. Now the fleet has moved. …
“The shrimpers had created a Welfare State for the … sea gulls. The big birds never bothered to learn how to fish for themselves and they never taught their children to fish. Instead they led their little ones to the shrimp nets.
“Now the sea gulls, the fine free birds that almost symbolize liberty itself, are starving to death because they gave in to the ‘something for nothing’ lure! They sacrificed their independence for a handout.
“A lot of people are like that, too. They see nothing wrong in picking delectable scraps from the tax nets of the U.S. Government’s ‘shrimp fleet.’ But what will happen when the Government runs out of goods? What about our children of generations to come?
“Let’s not be gullible gulls. We … must preserve our talents of self-sufficiency, our genius for creating things for ourselves, our sense of thrift and our true love of independence.” (“Fable of the Gullible Gull,”Reader’s Digest, Oct. 1950, p. 32.)
While I’d love to assume that Obama’s changes to the hard won welfare reforms of the Clinton era were in good will, I have a feeling that there’s more to his dangerous changes.
I tried to find an original source, but could not. My source is from an LDS talk given by Marion G. Romney. Romney worked quite a bit with the LDS Church’s well known Welfare program.