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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Ode to the Welfare State

A 1949 poem (hat tip to Z!. Click directly on the image to enlarge it):

As FreeThinke pointed out in a comment in this thread over at Western Hero:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
Over and over again, history bears out those truisms. Why do modern governments choose to ignore them?


  1. The answer to your question is this: whoever promises the most free stuff to the ignorant masses wins the election. It has been thus since the days of Rome ...

  2. When the media is by and large helping spread false propaganda about those truisms, then we're screwed.

  3. It looks like the thinking of yesterday works quite well today.

  4. The founders knew this, which is why the set things up the way they did, with so many firewalls in place. Of course, the progressive rats and cockroaches have made a swiss cheese of our constitutional bulwark...

  5. That poem makes me want to break down and cry.

    If only the morons in office would follow by example and follow the Constitution we wouldn't be in crap hole we are in now.

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  7. This is great! Hard to believe that nothing's changed in politics since 1949.

    As H.L. Mencken once said,
    "Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods."

    I deleted my last post due to a typo.

  8. This is old and it was also proven to be fake. It's also pretty stupid.

    Pray none of you will have to face a loved one dying in a hospital and have to sell your house to pay for their treatments or have a effin' spaghetti dinner at the local VFW to help cover medial expenses.

    Grow up. Wake up.

  9. Liberal Dude,
    Pray none of you will have to face a loved one dying in a hospital and have to sell your house to pay for their treatments or have a effin' spaghetti dinner at the local VFW to help cover medial expenses.

    Don't preach to me about that matter! I've very nearly been there, done that, with Mr. AOW's having had a devastating brain hemorrhage in 2009 at the age of 59.

    What saved us financially? A private insurance policy. Yes, the monthly premium is outrageous, but it's a drop in the bucket as compared to a $200,000 medical bill that the insurance company covered.

    And for your information: I've made the hard calls at the hospital bedside for more than one family member, including my father and my husband.

    So, your offhand comment is not the least theoretical to me.

    Buzz off, and don't try to tell those living the experience what's what. You don't have a clue.

  10. Sorry, Liberaltard, NOT proven to be a fake. I just Googled it and read up all about it, the "fake proof" consists entirely of one comment on one blog saying the creases and printing are inconsistent with each other if you zoom in on it. I did and it looks fine to me. And everyone else, I should add. Next time check your sources first.

    As for Health Care, people who make successes of their lives and have some sense, have health insurance like I do. It is NOT the government's job (meaning MY job) to pay their medical bills.

    Your vision of government is for the most successful to bear the weak, lazy and stupid on their backs and I take it that you include yourself in that latter group, so no wonder your attitude.

    Charity begins at home for all of us. If you were someone who'd worked hard and managed to accumulate some wealth, you wouldn't be so anxious to see your years of hard labor given away to the so-called "less fortunate".

    Grow up. Get up off your ass, get a job, work hard, invest, and make something of yourself instead of looking to suck off the efforts of wiser people than you.

  11. Black Sheep,
    Hear, hear, to the last paragraph of your comment!

    It used to be that the government provided some kind of safety net for only the indigent -- and for those who had "paid their dues" and ran out of money (even though they had provided well for their old age). Now, everyone seems to think it's a righteous entitlement to be on the government's teat -- from cradle to grave.

    Well, that teat is going to run dry with more and more aging Boomers. What then?

    I, for one, am furious that, as a taxpayer, I am funding daycare centers and free clinics. Mr. AOW and I can barely take care of ourselves financially! If the taxation monster (particularly federal and local) hadn't been on our backs all these decades, we wouldn't be in this mess.


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