About that ad throwing grandma over the cliff

The Democrat Party ad to demonstrate how evil and heartless nature of the opposition asserted that grandma would be shoved over a cliff if you didn’t vote for them. The idea that anyone could buy this idea, much less craft it into a campaign ad is mind boggling. But Dr. Sowell describes the underlying phenomena as Dependency and Votes.

To listen to some of the defenders of entitlement programs, which are at the heart of the present financial crisis, you might think that anything the government fails to provide is something that people will be deprived of. … This is the vision promoted by many politicians and much of the media. But, in the world of reality, it is not even true for most people who are living below the official poverty line.

The key entitlements are medicare and social security. These have been bubbling to the surface ever since some noted that the current legislation for these entitlements created financial obligations that would exceed anything the government could reasonably pay.

We don’t need to send the country into bankruptcy, in the name of the poor, by spending trillions of dollars on people who are not poor, and who could take care of themselves. The poor have been used as human shields behind which the expanding welfare state can advance.

The goal is not to keep the poor from starving but to create dependency, because dependency translates into votes for politicians who play Santa Claus.

The problem has expanded from just a simple security blanket as originally planned. Medical care has been added to entitlements intended to take care of the elderly. And even the younger set has participated as can be seen by the brouhaha about public employee unions and their ‘rights’ in recent efforts to get state budgets under control.

There were warnings about what would happen when people found out they could vote themselves money. In the 200+ years since those warnings, there have been a number of examples of countries that suffered just that fate. But the pressure for the government to end poverty and suffering continues, despite those lessons, basic lessons about human nature.

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