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Land of the Freebies.

It seems appropriate to re-visit this older post. Hey, America, you don’t get what you pay for. You get what you vote for. Don’t come crying when the well dries up.

Read these alarming stats and watch the short video. How much longer do you really think we can sustain this system? And why would we want to?

  • 41% of all births in the USA are paid for by the government
  • 60% of elderly long-term care is paid for by the government
  • 1 out 3 live in a household that receives food stamps, subsidized housing, cash welfare or Medicaid

 Question: Who’s Paying for the Government’s Largess?

Answer: Not nearly enough of us. And a lot less Americans than used to pay.

  • During Reagan’s administration, only 19% didn’t pay income tax.
  • Today 47% don’t pay income tax.
  • Of American Workers: 1 in 15 is currently receiving disability payments from the government.

 This is a must-watch: Land of the Freebies. Home of the Enslaved.

The answer to this dilemma lies within the moral conscience of each American. Remember that, guy? Moral Conscience?

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22 comments on “Land of the Freebies.

  1. MaddMedic
    July 6, 2012
  2. Conservatives on Fire
    July 6, 2012

    Moral conscience, now there is a rare commodity. Great post, Freedom. What is the chance that those getting the freebies decide they don’t want them anymore? They would have to get a job that pays them a lot more than they are worth.

    • Freedom, by the way
      July 7, 2012

      We need to return to the values Americans used to cherish, like taking pride in standing on your own two feet. As the Bible says “The poor will always be with us.” However, 50% of Americans should not be living off of the system. Many are quite capable of earning a living.

  3. samiam60
    July 7, 2012

    If they re-elected Obama for four more years you can bet we will see these numbers increase 10 fold. A second Obama term will seal our fate making America a truly Socialist State and member of the New World Order.

    • Firepower
      July 9, 2012

      Sorry. ANY country stupid enough to elect Obama, is certainly stupid enough to DESERVE another term.

      “People Get The Government They Deserve”

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  5. Always On Watch
    July 8, 2012

    Of course people on freebies want the freebies to continue. That is human nature.

    That said, the situation now is clearly unsustainable. Those on the dole well exceed the tax base.

    I don’t know what we’re going to to with the coming tsunami of aging and ailing Boomers.

    Right now, many nursing homes cost over $15,000 a month (Better ones cost more!), and it’s nearly impossible to find a nursing home that costs anywhere near only $3000/month! I’m speaking only of room and board — not medical care, hand feedings for the helpless, laundry, etc. All of those services cost extra!

    One can enter late in life with what SHOULD be adequate personal funding and end up on Medicaid within three years or less.

    Medicare will pay for literal medical care, but not long-term care, the latter the primary function of nursing homes.

    Sometimes the ailing can be kept at home, sometimes not. Dementia is often the stopper although there are other stoppers as well.

    Right now, one of my best friends is in a nursing home. She is only 57 years old! She fell and broke her leg in multiple places and cannot put any weight whatsoever on the leg for at least three months; she may also have developed a form of dementia. What the hell is her husband going to do? A staunch libertarian who has always stood on his own two feet, her husband is 60 years old and working THREE jobs! Frankly, the only solution is for him to divorce his beloved wife of 38 years. Otherwise, there will be TWO PEOPLE on welfare instead of only one. This story is being played out all over the United States today. I fault our leaders and the health insurance companies for not adequately addressing the tsunami that is bearing down on us even as I type in this comment.

    • Freedom, by the way
      July 9, 2012

      Thanks, AOW, for sharing your personal story. My prayers go out to your friends. There is not doubt that our system is broken. But wise people also understand that Obamacare is not the answer. How long will the elderly or infirmed have to wait and what will their families have to sacrifice to receive care? More able-bodied Americans need to be in the system and paying taxes and off government assistance. Federal regulations and tax burdens have tied the hands of employers and they are not hiring. Entreprenuers face too many government road blocks to see their ideas come to fruition. As the mom of a teenager, I can attest how hard it is for teens to find employment. And it’s not just because other out-of-work Americans are doing miniimum wage jobs (though that’s part of it). In today’s over-regulated climate, many retailers do not want to hire anyone under 18, too much regulation, too much liability. So, kids can’t start earning money AND paying taxes AND saving for college or trade school so they wind up taking out student loans, living with Mom & Dad long past the time they should be on their own OR moving out and living off of food stamps and welfare.

      • Heather
        July 9, 2012

        Hi Freedom,

        I think your response is a concise view of the problem as I see it.However, this situation (paying low wages, younger workers) clearly benefits business — not the government (except for the paid-off politicians). So the tax fears become a talking point instead of low wages. I think that if everyone got a great return on their tax payments, the attitude would be better. I personally am happy to pay for the great roads, parks, fire department, police, FFA, (certain military costs). But I don’t pay much with all the tax deductions I have. Incidentally if I had less money, I would pay more in taxes! Its crazy. I agree there is too much waste.

        If our government was not so influenced by corporate money, I would see it as a government initiated problem. But I don’t.

        This is why I don’t patron Wal-mart — the biggest welfare receipient in the world! They are an example of a corporation with the means to provide excellent affordable insurance and a large pool. But they pay workers minimum wage, provide little/no insurance — so there is a large number of working american employees on state-funded Medicaid/Medicare as a result. That is “job creation” for you!

        There are parental issues as well. It grieves me to see a modern-style neglect that is increasingly excepted. People need to learn to make better choices. The government nor business will help them with that or have caused the problem. That’s the parents and communityare dying to keep “super”-capitalism alive.

        Always great posts. I hope you are doing well :)

        • Freedom, by the way
          July 10, 2012

          Hi, Heather. I began typing a response to you but it becaome a missive, more appropriate for a post than a comment! So thank you for inspiring a new post which I hope to complete today or tomorrow!

          But, I will respond now to your comments about WalMart. Yes, they got reputation of taking advantage of employees and faced court challenges as a result. I believe they have corrected their bad behavior: See these links:
          http://www.indeed.com/cmp/Walmart/reviews

          http://www.walmartstores.com/HealthWellness/7624.aspx

          I don’t know if you live or have ever lived in a rural area. I currently do. In rural areas, WalMart has been a God-Send for braving to go where few other retailers dared to go.

          Prior to Wal-Mart, many rural Americans were forced to drive an hour or more to more populated areas for lots of merchandise that WalMart offers and if something was available locally, they were forced to pay whatever the price was at the one grocery store or one hardware store because there was no competition. And yes, they are a large employer in many rural areas and support their local communities in many ways. This image of “being a big part of the community” is probably not the sentitment in populated areas, but in rural America, most people are very thankful that WlaMart is there. Personally, I save hundreds of dollars a year, if not more, by shopping there regularly. And when you add in the cost of gas savings by not having to drive a long distance for many items, then I’ve saved even more. It’s a matter of perspecitve, isn’t it? :)

      • rjp
        July 10, 2012

        In today’s over-regulated climate, many retailers do not want to hire anyone under 18, too much regulation, too much liability.

        In today’s over-regulated climate starting a small business is a near impossibility. I have looked into it as a means of providing for my future but even the simplest of businesses cost many times over the actual cost of opening the business because of taxes, permits, licenses, and dowb time awaiting approval. That is why there are no small business. And I wish to god that Obama would stop talking about small businesses being the life blood of America because he is part of the reason why there are not people doing it / can’t afford to do it.

      • Always On Watch
        July 12, 2012

        Freedom,
        The situation for my friends has gone from bad to worse.

        The nursing home told him that the health insurance company wouldn’t pay one more dime because his wife couldn’t “meet the benchmarks.” The ultimatum was given: Take her home, or start paying $300 a day. This, on top of the $27,000/year premium for the policy.

        So, he brought her home: hospital bed in the living room. She is bedfast, so she has to use a bedpan. Meanwhile, he HAS TO WORK.

        Nasty situation.

        Obamacare does nothing to address a situation such as the above, and the scenario plays out all over the United States every single day. To people who have insurance!

        Frankly, so that this woman doesn’t die like a dog — a prolonged death, at that — I see no solution but for the man to quit working altogether, lose the house, and go on welfare. What’s else can he do? I can’t think of anything else!

        • Freedom, by the way
          July 12, 2012

          That’s horrendous, AOW. It’s too bad they don’t have long-term care insurance. but then again, most people don’t think of that until it’s too late. Maybe a reverse mortage so they can afford help during the day while he’s at work?

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