If Only The Democrats Meant It
Just an observation: One of the factors Dems cite for withdrawing troops from Iraq is the fear that the Iraqis will come to depend on America for police and military functions if we don’t. I, and I imagine many others probably agree. Now let’s apply the concept to entitlement and other domestic programs the Dems treat like sacred cows.
Doesn’t increasing the minimum wage cause low end workers to become dependent upon the government to secure them a higher or living wage, as opposed to pursuing education, or advancement?
Doesn’t welfare encourage individuals to become dependent on the government for their income, as opposed to taking responsibility for themselves?
Don’t generous mandated public retirement accounts, say like social security, cause people to become dependent on the government to save money for them, as opposed to encouraging them to take responsibility for their own savings and retirement investments? We’ve been hearing warnings about the low level of savings by the American people for years. Is it because they’ve been allowed to become dependent on the government?
I think the Dems are right on at least that one aspect of their thinking on Iraq. But I’d sure like to see them broaden their thinking a little on this whole dependence thing. If the concept is good enough for Iraq, maybe it’s good enough for America, too. (smirk)