Students, seniors, workers, families with children, lower income, all have one thing in common.
They want more and apparently they want it from that infinite, ambiguous source – government.
It appears many people believe government should fund their retirement, their college, raising their children, their health care, even their basic incomes.
There is no understanding that government has no resources it doesn’t take from citizens be it the current or future generations.
Life choices, individual behavior, irresponsibility have no meaning or consequences. The demand for more carry’s no criteria.
Not even true need is a criteria. We accept broad brush conclusions based on stereotypes, widely accepted generalizations and simply misleading propaganda. We set policy based on self-serving surveys.
Seniors are poor, Americans can’t afford to save, student loans are a crisis, child care is a crisis, Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.
And yet we fail to view any of that in the context of American’s buying and spending habits and priorities, accumulation of stuff and the widespread inability to differentiate between wants and needs or to live beyond the moment.
Instead of focusing on the truly needy with a goal of helping them achieve greater independence, we are creating a society totally dependent on government and the politicians who run it – funded if at all, by anyone other than ourselves.
We are a society of spoiled thirteen year olds.