You know, I get a kick out of those who bitch and moan about the subsidies for school choice, for the poor, the unemployed, etc. They constantly complain that it’ll lead the U.S. into socialism as if that’s such a bad thing to begin with.
I wonder what Lawson’s take on Social Security and Medicare happen to be? In his views I fear that just because you reach a certain magical age you shouldn’t be entitled to any programs.
My biggest problems with our legislators aren’t the fact that they provide subsidies, not at all. Instead they consistently grant tax breaks to those who least deserve them. And the same is true on the national level, something changed from where we said lets give everyone the safety net they deserve to screw everyone and they’re on their own.
This change started back in the Nixon administration but then went full steam ahead under Reagan. Does anyone remember the Reagan plan to fix the food stamp program? He’d distribute bulk items like cheese, powdered milk, and get this, ketchup which was classified as a vegetable.
Under Clinton we saw the drawback of welfare benefits with so called welfare-to-work programs. Good idea and it does tend to work well in good economic times but let the economy slide and all bets are off.
Now under the Shrub (GWB) we see the dismantling of the state institutions and money being shuffled to faith based institutions to provide the services. My problem with that is the fact that there are always strings attached when religious organizations provided ‘help’.
Maybe it’s a bible quotation with your meal, or some other way to proselytize. Maybe it’s a refusal to help. Look at the interference put up by the religious over RU486, or their opposition to contraception. Look at the current battle to force insurance carriers that cover Viagra to cover contraceptives for women.
You know what, I get taxed out the wazoo but my biggest complaint about it is that it doesn’t fund the programs I think are valuable and necessary. I’d like to see energy independence, infrastructure rebuilding, tracked public transit, and last but certainly not least every citizen cared for by the rest of us.
The notion that the U.S is an individualistic society is in a word, bullshit. We’re not. When I think about it if I played the lottery and won say just $20 million or so there are several people I know who wouldn’t have to pay a mortgage anymore. The other thing is that I wouldn’t say a thing about it, just find out who holds the mortgage and pay it off. Probably pre-pay taxes for 20 or so years too.
I’m a big believer in the method of you help me, I’ll help you. And sometimes it’s very one way where I might help help you and expect nothing in return.
I have what one would consider fairly Christian attitudes for an atheist. Can’t help it, I spent 12 years in Catholic schools so some of it rubbed off on me. I do wish the actual Christians would get it though and I see that some of them do, even the fundamentalists. They’ve realized the folly of their ways in persecuting gay people, and opposing abortion and now are becoming more environmentally and socially conscious.
Apparently they’ve realized that you attract more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.
So Mr. Lawson, when is the last time you benefited from subsidization? You make no mention of the SUV subsidy handed out a couple years ago, or the big subsidies used to maintain the interstate highway system.
James Lawson: Stop all subsidies
01:00 AM EDT on Sunday, July 20, 2008
In response to Robert Davis’s July 8 letter, “Subsidize the poor, not private schools”:
Stop subsidizing altogether. Subsidizing only creates more of the same problem that leads to subsidizing to begin with. Stop subsidizing private schools. Let the people who send their kids to private schools pay for it. Stop subsidizing the poor. It only leads to more poor and is not helping them. It’s a vicious and cruel circle, but it’s the way life is.
We are all becoming a little “more poor” every day. Our elected officials can’t stop their unrestrained spending and government expansion.
At this rate, we will all eventually need to be subsidized. We will have a complete socialist society one day. No real safety, no private ownership, a step closer to authoritarianism — or worse, no liberty, no more Constitution, and no more United States of America. Our lives will be planned, by officials who produce nothing, who spend their time trying to figure out how to leach off the last remaining remnants of capitalism, until there is nothing left. Then, my friends, you and I, your children and my children are going to be in big trouble, and the last thing anyone will get is subsidization.