Yes, you read that right. No, I don’t think it’s hyperbole. The entitlement state is as far from what the Founding Fathers had in mind as possible, other than perhaps Hamilton, who was a statist outlier.
As I’m sure readers of this blog are well aware, the Democrats have been the driving force behind the entitlement state and the government mechanisms that support it since the passage of the Federal Reserve Act almost a century ago, through the New Deal under FDR, the Great Society under LBJ, through to the passage of the monstrosity known as Obamacare in 2010. Granted, George W. Bush, the worst Republican President since Hoover, got in on the act with his Medicare prescription drug boondoggle in 2005, but the Democrats have carried the ball for the past century. Thanks, guys. Now that things have finally reached the point that we can’t afford them any longer no matter how we fudge the math and soak the productive and rich, the progressives are screaming and hollering like stuck pigs in defense of their venerated, precious, prized accomplishments. Case in point: everyone’s favorite former speaker, Nancy Pelosi, is squawking about how Democrats “created” (Gee, thanks!) Medicare and “will not let them (Republicans) take it away” (Kinda like not letting the doctor cure that infection!) and “We’re going to reject the Ryan plan, which is a transparent trick to end Medicare,” Pelosi said during a gathering over breakfast. “It’s just plain wrong to privatize, voucherize and end Medicare as we know it. So it’s just plain wrong to give insurance companies …more, charge seniors more, more than $6,000 a year. It’s wrong, it’s morally wrong, it’s economically wrong.”
Ah, if only it were so. Ryan, at best, wants to slowly privatize part of the program to help stanch the red ink bleeding out of the federal budget. Sadly, even this is beyond the pale to the Democrats. They’ve managed to hook enough Americans on the drug of entitlements that most don’t realize that the very nature of programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is to grow, grow and grow some more until they become unsustainable. I can hardly even address Pelosi’s assertion that it’s “morally wrong” to end Medicare, so I’ll just say it’s morally wrong to obligate your children to pay for your federal benefits as the so-called “Greatest Generation” did, and their children after them have to theirs… that would be my generation. I’ll be forty in January, and I know that I won’t see a dime of these programs, and from an ethical perspective, I don’t think I’d want to. So we need to kill these generational Ponzi schemes dead, dead, dead before they back the fiscal back of America as well as the spirit of self-reliance America’s known for, as Dan Mitchell sums up nicely.
It’s up to us, people. No one’s going to do it for us. We have to defeat ALL of one major party and much of the other to accomplish eliminating entitlements, but it has to be done.