OPINION – I was trying to explain to my young son why President Obama won and was re-elected for another four years. Half of the country was fervently praying for one to win and the other half were cheering gleefully when President Obama won. I realized what a disconnection there is in America among its citizenry. As I proceeded to explain this to my son, I had to remember that this was the same child who told me last week that if I don’t have any money, I can just get it out of the ATM – the ATM is stuffed with cash.
We had the scenario of two very different candidates for president. We had the man who wanted us to recognize that we need discipline, budget cuts and reform more than ever, and then we had a man promising more money, more help, more freebies and more government.
Freebies are popular these days and who doesn’t want a freebie? On Election Day, we voted for “more.”
We are so hypocritical. We cry for a balanced budget and responsibility yet we want the government to give us everything we feel entitled to. We applaud like trained monkeys when the politicians spout rhetoric like “fiscally responsible” and “balanced budget,” but we applaud even louder when they talk about never-ending entitlement programs and increased spending that may benefit us personally.
Obama promised many Americans popular “freebies” such as free birth control (disguised as caring about women’s health), sustained unemployment checks, food stamps and free cell phones. He wanted us to feel “taken care of” and his popularity soared with those who feared the loss of “big brother” safety nets to save them. Lower income individuals felt a bit safer when Obama gave his speeches. When temporary assistance becomes the permanent norm for those capable of helping themselves, we reward laziness at the expense of another.
What comes free from the government is not actually free at all.
Obama’s message of “fairness and equality” became wildly popular when he blamed the rich for not sharing with the poor. We fail to realize that fairness and equality reside through mutual respect and love for each other; the minute we compel someone to be financially charitable and force fairness and equality, the minute we monetize equality, we have what is called legalized plunder – the ability to take from one to give to another without their consent. Plunder is stealing and our government is guilty of it every day. The money the government allocates to various programs? Entitlements and programs? That money comes from those who pay their taxes.
To understand plunder, imagine swapping the word “government” for “neighbor.” In addition to that, swap the word “gave” with “forced to pay.”
“The government gave me a free cell phone.” It takes on an entirely new meaning when we say, “my neighbor was forced to pay for my cell phone.”
Instead of: “I got free birth control from the government,” the more truthful statement should be, “my neighbors were forced to pay for my birth control.”
Here is the disconnect, the government cannot give anything to us. It has no money from a fairy tale bank account; it’s our money. It is only the mere manager of our nation’s taxes; it pays for things with the money we pay it.
The government has made the Affordable Health Care Act mandatory, but if is not footing the over 2 trillion dollars that it will cost; we are funding it. “The government wants everyone to have health care.” This statement sounds nice and altruistic. What Obama should have told us is that “you and your neighbors will be forced to pay for health insurance you did not consent to have. The free market is not good enough, so the government feels it must compel you to be insured. This cost will be added to the other 16 trillion in debt that you will be forced to pay. We will also make important decisions about what your health care will cover as we, the government, determine what is best for you.”
It’s a frightening notion that we, as a free society, not only indirectly allowed this via our previously elected congress, but we just voted for it with our own free will.
Obama seems to be the “out of touch elitist” as Romney was inaccurately described, when he consistently burdens us and future generations with long-term debt, bounces check after check on the collective American bank account and tells us, with pride, that he is helping us.
As he gave his acceptance speech, people openly wept with glee.
Things are going to get worse. This economy will be driven to the brink. His second term will bring far more irresponsible spending and more government intrusion into our lives. We may have to hit rock bottom before we can clearly see the government for who its managers really are. And, I hope we hit bottom quickly because watching the slow, unbearable demise of a country that I love more than anything, is heartbreaking. The fiscal cliff is looming and the spending will not stop.
The only hope that remains, as the government spends us into oblivion, is that Americans will be there for each other and rally around each other through the very hard economic times that are about to transpire.
Kate Dalley is a news commentator and co-host of the Perspectives morning show on Fox News 1450 AM 93.1 FM. The opinions stated in this article are hers and not representative of St. George News.
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