We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
How many generations does it take before the younger people look around and say, “Of course somebody else is going to pay for me. Of course there’s a bailout. If I screw up or don’t save any money, it doesn’t matter.” I say we’re living on borrowed time. We’ve drawn down the balance of our bedrock values. Once the stigma of being dependent is eliminated, more and more people want to be that way.
It's time for tough love. There are over 2400 different federal programs to "help the poor". Ironically a young mother of two can be receiving in excess of $36000 in welfare a year from the many different welfare programs but be counted as having zero income to make the poverty statistics look even worse then they are. Lets replace all federal programs with one program to be run by the states: Everyone seeking welfare would be offerred a minimum wage job working 40 hours a week. No food stamps, no section 8, no WIC, no Medicaid, just the same options available to everyone else, i.e. work. If you want more then learn a skill or work two jobs. And of course fire all the federal employees managing these programs and eliminate the 2400 departments in the federal government. Estimated savings; $1.2 trillion a year.