President Obama: Our Social Programs Free Us To Take Risks That Make The USA Great! – Really, Here Are 8 Reasons They Don’t

January 28, 2013 5:56 pmViews: 801

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Attention all business owners, entrepreneurs, innovators, scientists, and even those that have walked upon the face of the moon, it is not your willingness to take risks, your personal sacrifice to get a good education, your striving or your hard work that makes our country a great nation, it is our social programs that make the USA what it is today.

In President Obama's second inaugural speech this past Monday he made it point to let the rest of us know he thinks the debate over social-welfare programs is over with this line:

"The commitments we make to each other—through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security—these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us," Mr. Obama said. "They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great."

With that load of vacuous rhetoric, Mr Obama told us to shut our mouths because, despite the fact they are bankrupt to the tune of trillions, he will never agree with doing away with these social programs, nor will he ever think about reforming them. As long as he is president they are untouchable entitlements. That is until they become so broke no government official can afford to buy the ink that goes into the machine which signs all the checks.

Our nation has become so dependent on government we wouldn't know what to do if government wasn't always around to hold our hands every step of the way through life. When the President says that our social programs "do not make us a nation of takers" but instead, "free us to take the risks that make this country great" he is spouting a manufactured line. It is manufactured because we are being crushed by our debt and our dependency to these and by these programs. They do not free us at all, they in fact, burden us like no nation in history and here are 8 reasons why:

  1. Over the 50-plus years since 1960, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, entitlement transfers—government payments of cash, goods and services to citizens—have been growing twice as fast as overall personal income.
  2. According to the BEA, America's myriad social-welfare programs (the federal bureaucracy apparently cannot determine exactly how many of these there are) currently dispense entitlement benefits of more than $2.3 trillion annually.
  3. In 1960, according to the Office of Management and Budget, social-welfare programs accounted for less than a third of all federal spending. Today, entitlement programs account for nearly two-thirds of all federal spending.
  4. According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly half (49%) of Americans today live in homes receiving one or more government transfer benefits. That percentage is up almost 20 points from the early 1980s. And contrary to what the Obama White House team suggested during the election campaign, this leap is not due to the aging of the population.
  5. As entitlement outlays have risen, there has been flight of men from the work force. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the proportion of adult men 20 and older working or seeking work dropped by 13 percentage points between 1948 and 2008.
  6. Arithmetically speaking, the recent American flight from work has largely been a flight to government disability programs.
  7. In recent years, the biggest increases in disability claims have been for "musculoskeletal" problems and mental disorders (including mood disorders). But as a practical matter, it is impossible for a health professional to ascertain conclusively whether or not a patient is suffering from back pains or sad feelings.
  8. The president and others describe Social Security and Medicare as "social insurance" programs rather than transfer schemes. True, the eventual beneficiaries of these programs contribute payroll taxes to the Social Security and Medicare trust funds during their working lives. But "insurance" programs are meant to pay for themselves; Social Security and Medicare cannot do so.

There they are. These are the outcomes of government designed ponzi schemes that will, without a doubt, eventually fail. This is what we are faced with. This is the burden Barack Hussein Obama continues to perpetuate on our nation and our children. Any talk of freeing us to take risks, is an out-and-out lie.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal.

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