[This article was submitted by Joan R. Neubauer of the DMPTHA. Thanks Joan!]
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961
After more than a decade of fighting to survive The Great Depression, the Greatest Generation found itself in shock at the attack on Pearl Harbor. In a few days, Congress declared war and thus began our nation’s involvement in a worldwide conflict that had no sure outcome or exit strategy. During those dark days of World War II, that generation sent its brave sons and daughters off to war. Those left behind worked in factories, collected scrap metal, paid taxes, dealt with food and gas rationing, and supported the troops in a variety of ways. Though not everyone carried a gun and advanced on the enemy, everyone understood the enormity of the situation. While a few protested the war, the majority did what they could to support the effort and the soldiers who fought it.
Today, we find ourselves in a no less dire situation. This time the enemy is astronomical debt. In the past years, we have accumulated a national debt that according to various sources ranges anywhere from $3-20 trillion. And we owe the vast majority of that money to China, a communist country that would waste no time celebrating our demise.
These are tough times for all of us, and the only way to survive as a free people in a free nation is to take a reality check. Instead of putting out our hands to government to take all we can, we need to hearken back to JFK’s words on the day of his inauguration, and ask ourselves how we can help our country.
Millions of Americans take full responsibility for their own health insurance, dental insurance, eye insurance, and plan for retirement. Private union workers pay a percentage. State and federal union workers pay an even lower percentage. Yet, for the past two weeks, we’ve seen union workers in the state of Wisconsin protesting potential cuts in benefits and the revocation of “collective bargaining rights,” all in an effort to balance the state budget. They object to the thought of having to pay a larger percentage for their benefits. But they forget where their benefits come from–the taxpayer who must not only provide for himself and his family, but contribute to their coffers as well.
I doubt that those so vocally demonstrating outside their statehouse realize that reaching into someone else’s pocket to provide for yourself amounts to theft. My money, like my house, is my private property. And make no mistake, money from all over the country flows to Wisconsin and every other state to provide for state needs, including union benefits.
In these past decades, as we’ve moved ever closer to socialism, we have created two new classes in this country, the providers, and the receivers. The receiver class has steadily grown while the provider class has shrunk as never before. More people are holding out their hands to their new sugar daddy, the government. If this pattern continues, those who provide will only be able to pull out empty pockets with an apology, that there is no more.
We are quickly approaching the state that Margaret Thatcher cited years ago when she said, “The only problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”