“Government dole” is actually a problem in America worth attending. During the past year or so, you may have read about dead farmers receiving benefits long after they departed the Earth. That is a clerical, administrative, and system problem.
There are many Americans on what Republicans like to call “entitlements.” Conservatives like to blame people on entitlements as if it is their fault or something is wrong with it.
What is at the heart of the problem is threefold:
First, the Bush administration spent more on wars and homeland security than the nation could afford. Second, while spending more than we could afford, Bush gave unearned tax breaks to wealthy Americans, thereby cheating the nation of needed revenues. As a result, we had an economic meltdown and have been trying to recover ever since.
Here is a list of entitlement rights and wrongs:
1. It is right to receive Social Security and Medicare benefits to which you have contributed your entire working life because you earned it and deserve it. It was promised as part of the plan, and you have every right to expect it and depend upon it.
2. It is right to receive Medicaid, Food Stamps, and other benefits for poor persons who have insufficient means because there is no excuse for poverty in America, especially if you have an ailment or disability that prevents you from earning a minimally acceptable living.
3. It is right to receive special assistance for education and training that enables you to become a full participant in the workforce.
4. It is right to receive child care assistance so that parents can work.
5. It is wrong for young and able men and women to live on welfare due to their lack of diligence to equip themselves with job skills and knowledge, or who behave irresponsibly by having children they cannot afford, or by breaking the law by using drugs and committing other crimes that degrade their capacity to earn a living.
6. It is wrong for government policies that fail to create an optimal environment for free enterprise to produce superior products and services to serve the global marketplace.
7. It is wrong for government and private enterprise to fail to optimize return on national resources through effective collaboration.
8. It is wrong for wealthy Americans to hoard capital and to fail to effectively invest in invention and innovation that produce new products and new businesses to serve both domestic and foreign market needs, thereby creating jobs for American workers. It is wrong to receive tax advantages that are unearned.
See the annotated list.
Senator Ted Cruz has worked for government his short working life. He has never worked as an executive in private enterprise. He has failed to apply his demonstrated academic genius to do anymore than to serve his own personal interests. It is wrong to reward him with recognition that is clearly not deserved.