Can't afford it? – blame yourself
Far too many Americans still do not understand that there is something called the laws of unintended consequences. They only know that they want the government to do whatever is specific to their particular personal interests. I’m not saying that elected politicians gather around the fireplace and plot what they can do to make people dependent on government, albeit in the case of Obama I think it comes very close, but the result of government intervention has led and continues to lead to same.
The moment rugged individualism and self dependency became the interest of government, things started sliding downhill for the citizenry. What that led to was an understanding by politicians that the more they promised to do for the people, the more votes they could get. That led to people who in many instances, were the intellectual equivalents to ameba, (i.e. politicians), becoming more and more motivated to become involved in our personal lives. And that led to nefarious interests hiring even more nefarious companies to petition the elected to vote and/or legislate in a particular way, which effectively took you and I out of the equation. It became not what we wanted, but what special interests wanted. The problem with that is manifold and it has ensnared multiple generations on government gulags of dependency. Ergo, the laws of unintended consequences.
For example, how many people do we hear lamenting the idea of affording college. You yourself may be wrestling with the cost of tuition. One of the underlying complaints of OWS is high tuition costs.
But, what people do not understand, is that the primary reason tuition costs are sky high, is directly attributable to political (read government) intervention. When we were responsible for procuring our own tuition, higher education costs were in line with incomes. But when government decided it was necessary for everyone to go to college and innovated measures vis-a-vis loans for same, higher education saw they could charge more, because they no longer had to worry about people not being able to pay. So up went the cost of tuition, up went the debt graduating students started out with in life. And, the volume of the cries for socialized education, i.e. government pay all education, increased. The problem with that is since government only has what it takes by constraint, taxpayers are the actual providers of same.
It is the same thing with social security. Roosevelt did us no favors by instituting said program. What he did do however, was reduce personal responsibility in our financial well-being. After all, everyone gets social security. And not long after said program went into effect, complaints of not having enough to live on increased, complaints per the limits placed on same stirred complaints, and congressional thievery/misappropriation ran rampant. Now social security has become a political football punted back and forth for political gain.
These are but two and I have in no way been even tangentially exhaustive, but my point stands – more government involvement means more cost, less personal control, and ultimately less personal choice. Government involvement also ultimately results in further erosion of our Constitution.
While people may oppose government involvement in the broad sense of the word, they will argue tooth and nail for government intrusion in the areas that are important to them – be it college tuition, daycare, or dog grooming.
People have become brainwashed to the point that they see government as their provider based on a fallacious belief that they cannot do “whatever” for themselves. And all that has done is take us further into debt and allow for less personal control. It should go without saying that you cannot complain about government intrusion and yet expect government to do for you. Tragically, parents and colleges are teaching future generations that government dependence is critical to personal well-being.
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Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here