It has been reported that Americans who are are collecting some element of welfare, like Obamacare Medicaid has expanded from 35.4% of the population in 2012 to 40% in 2014; which is almost the amount of people who pay less taxes (or no taxes) than the rest of the population. Mike Shedlock – global economy analyst - determines that at least 50%-56% of the population collects on some type of welfare. If this statistic is true, it is more than the amount of people who get refunded most or all of the income tax collected in the course of a year - leaving the bill for the rest of the population, the minority.
It is certainly a testimony towards degradation of economy, society and certainly far from the constitutional republic created in 1780s.
Cigarettes are certainly an unhealthy, unwise, and ultimately devastating habit to pick up… but, then again, so is voting for big government (and that doesn’t even have a 1-800 quit-line).
With Bloomberg, he wants government to dictate what you drink, eat, and do – especially against private ownership of firearms.
As Thomas Jefferson wrote …
It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: Whom will you make your inquisitors?
A free people claim their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.
A private central bank issuing the public currency is a greater menace to the liberties of the people than a standing army. We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.
I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.
The secret of living a satisfying life is:
- Keeping liberties and freedom by not trusting those elected to not fall prey or tempted to the stigma of power and tyranny.
- Refrain from being in a hurry, but do not wait until matters are out of hand; which will require more effort to solve than if it were addressed in its initial predicament. Plan for the future, but always cherish daily moments; retaining memories of past mistakes only to ensure they are not repeated, but not dwelling upon past tragedies.
- Maintaining virtues that create and are consistent in developing and maintaining good character: honor, integrity and dignity; and raising children under those principles.
- Look favorably upon a well-rounded education, no matter what vocation one chooses as a life career. Knowledge is power and paramount to any free society; but without common sense it is all meaningless.
- It is usually the simple things that are most gratifying … a walk through the forest, climbing a mountain trail, or walking barefooted in the sands of a beach as the waves tumble to the shore.
- The twinkle in your child's eye and their smile/laugh; and sharing special moments with a lifetime mate.
- Taking the time to sit down and write a letter and receiving one in the mail. Non-personal, non-satisfying "texting" and email isn't the same.
- Keeping things as simple as possible … “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”. [Confucius]
- “We do not remember days, we remember moments”. [Cesare Pavese]
- “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these”. [George Washington Carver]