Oh, to be sure, if you are inclined to want govt. to take care of you from the womb to the tomb, then you won’t see it. But to those of us who still believe in individual rights and liberty, the rule of law and taking personal responsibility to see to both ideals, you will understand that this story is precisely what I claim: an admission by the Federal govt. that it wants Americans to be dependent on it for their very survival, and that this condition is called slavery (actually, it’s worse, it’s called serfdom — but that’s a subject for Utah to cover as he and Hayek are twins):
More Americans rely on their families for assistance than the government, so federal officials have undertaken an effort to help people to apply for federal assistance.
“Given that only 15 percent of you turn to government assistance in tough times, we want to make sure you know about benefits that could help you,” USA.gov announced today. The ”government made easy’ website has created a “help for difficult financial times” page for people to learn more about the programs.
Now, I am at a loss to explain this when it wasn’t that long ago we were told there are more Americans than ever drawing some form of “redistribution” from the govt. But I know this: the Federal govt.’s stance is directly opposed to the ideals and principles that founded this nation. I’ll simply quote Franklin to close this post:
On excessive taxation to provide welfare:
It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one tenth part.
On favoring one group or class over another:
History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy… These measures never fail to create great and violent jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed; whence a total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections, by which the whole state is weakened.
On the best way to do good to the poor (both to their needs and to their souls):
I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
On welfare (and how to improve the general economy):
Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. … Six days shalt thou labor, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.