Some Things Are Better Left Alone
Recently, I had a long discussion with a friend about something that I try to avoid with new acquaintances. It does leave a bad taste if it goes terrible. That topic was politics. Specifically, we were discussing government assistance, entitlement, and the corporate state of the United States. These things start with an innocent comment from one side which demands a response. Silence would be acceptance at that point.
I had to chuckle at myself later as it was a reaction to speak out in opposition of the statement. Essentially, the comment was about the numerous entitlement programs that the federal government has and the burden that they have become on the system. It is almost to the point that it will soon collapse. Entitlement programs in this sense were government assistance to the poor and unemployed in the form of cash and food assistance. This is a reasonable statement to a certain point of view.
A society of entitlement created by this can start to weigh heavily on the government. It is understandable to those that feel that their taxes from hard work should not be entirely given to those that are not contributing to society in a productive manner. There is nothing wrong with this ideal. It has a pearl of wisdom to it. It is the civic duty of a citizen to become productive. However, some are incapable of working the productive jobs and others cannot find the productive jobs that pay. We will come back to this point in a moment.
Now, my reaction to the statement was almost knee-jerk. It is my belief that if someone wants to bring a balance to the system then it must happen on both sides of the argument. So, I simply stated that if the government was hoping to find the path of cutting entitlement programs, then it should look to the corporate subsidies such as the ones which oil companies and military contractors benefit from. I simply think that if one wants to cut the assistance to the poor, then it should be cut to the corporations and the rich also.
Of course, it was not my intention to start a long discussion about the fiscal policies of the country. However, I learned a few new things about my fairly new friends. For one, it was quite apparent that the side of the political argument that they had chosen was the libertarian stance on fiscal issues. Essentially, they would like to see a wide-open free market system without government regulations. Not my description, it is my friend’s.
With such an open market approach, we would likely revert back to a robber baron era. Such a time was lucrative for the rich and corporate executives, but the gap between the rich and the poor would widen so much that the middle class falls into the abyss and never seen again. The country would find the current economic times to be the edge of that drop. Our military prowess would be nothing against the economic stranglehold that other countries would have over us.
Now, back to the point earlier about the productive citizen, there are those unable to work and we, as a country, own it to our veterans, seniors, and disabled citizens to help with their needs. As for those that are unemployed and unable to find the productive job, it is difficult to explain to those that feel their taxes are working to help those who are seen as lazy, unmotivated, or perhaps even drug-addled. It is this misconception that is offensive to the unemployed who fell out of a job because of the economic times. These same times include huge corporations which are drowning in money from record profits. These groups are the job creators as it is stated by certain parties. So it begs the question as to what is truly causing the unemployment. Is it the assistance for the poor and these necessary programs? Is it the unmotivated masses that live day to day or is it these huge corporations who have the greatest profits of the modern era which have not created more jobs with the money that they have collected?
It is time for someone to step free of the system of money ruling the government and turn back to the true roots of citizenship. We need a fresh voice that will answer these questions and stick to it with integrity. In the end, find the cognizance and liberality for the problems and find the courage to stand your ground.