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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.


Abuses of public programs

Here’s a great example of how public programs get abused.  This one has made the rounds of the usual social networks, so in case you haven’t seen it, here it is.

Judge Judy has a case in which a young lady is suing a young man for rent money while he lived with her.  Watch it and tell me what’s wrong.

I’m not a betting man, but if I were, I’d bet that these two still get government money for various purposes.


Playing With Words

Here’s a good post that hopefully will open your eyes to the games politicians and government play with words and your emotions.  When someone talks about “the poor”, what comes to mind?  A family who struggles to have enough food on the table despite two working parents?  Maybe a family who can’t make ends meet even after having to give up all of their luxuries and extras?  Well, the government has a different idea of what being poor is like.  Blue State Failure has a great writeup on a research paper written by Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield and published by the Heritage Foundation.

Here’s a teaser:

Comparing the average American and the average “poor” American Rector and Sheffield found that the poor had many household amenities that many average Americans would think a poor person would not have.

All of this is used to puff up numbers to terms and phrases that strike emotion in you.  It gives you reason to support and demand that the government do something.   Having the support, the government can grow and create more programs and build it’s empire over you.