French historian Alexis De Tocqueville purportedly said, “"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
My research was unable to prove definitively he actually said those words, although there is plenty of online liberal commentary that claims he didn’t say it and that the crux of the statement is incorrect.
For the purpose of my commentary today, surmise somebody said it and there is a large population in this country, me included, that believes it is happening right before our eyes…because we are paying for it. It’s done by directly using our tax money and/or driving up the price of products due to the governmental mishandling of money.
Seems like in society today, so many able-bodied people have a hand out. Nowhere, it seems, does self-reliance enter into some heads. Somebody or something did them wrong and they need to be compensated for their troubles. Below, I will list just a few examples out of the multitudes:
Let's look at natural disasters, i.e. hurricanes, flooding, mudslides, etc. According to NOAH, between 1980 and 2017, the US sustained 218 weather and climate disasters where overall costs exceeded $1 billion. The cost of these 218 events surpasses $1.2 trillion, and does not include the costs for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Much of that money is spent on first rescue and then for grants given to people who were not insured properly, or at all, so that they can rebuild or try to replace their property – mostly right in the same spot that was destroyed. And…it will be vulnerable next time around.
So, let’s walk through this. I live on the edge of an Illinois town next to a cornfield whereas Beau has a home on an ocean. (For the record, I don't know anybody named Beau) My view from the backyard is of a cornfield. Beau’s view for many years is of a tranquil ocean tide. Imagine the sunrises. He can also swim, boat, and fish in it – try that in a cornfield. Then, a hurricane hits, sending lots of rain my way. Now my view is of a wet, muddy cornfield. Beau’s home however is knocked down. FEMA races in to help and he then applies to the government for a grant for replacement because he bought so much house he didn’t have enough money for proper insurance. The government then uses money we all paid in taxes to help out Beau, who promptly rebuilds in the same place, but with a nicer, newer abode to watch the ocean tides. This goes on for every natural disaster. Think of the views for some of those California homes that slid to the bottom of the bluff. I can understand Beau (and us) getting burned (or flooded) once, and am all for helping people out in times of trouble and need, but to subsidize this situation repeatedly, or allow people to be under-insured, makes no sense.
As for an even more terrible tragedy, I’m sorry, but why did the relatives of the poor souls snuffed out at the World Trade Center receive money from the government? People tragically lose loved ones every day for a host of different reasons, and most do not receive, nor expect, government money. Seven billion dollars of our tax money was gifted to the relatives of those people who perished on 9/11. The average was $1.8 million per family - certainly not enough to replace a loved one, but still a sizable chunk of money. The theory was to keep people from suing the airlines. I don’t mean to be insensitive, just pragmatic. Had proper laws and/or sensible tort reform been in place, we taxpayers might not have been on the hook just to keep people from unfairly suing the airlines. What did the airlines or taxpayers do to cause the tragedy that we must now pay for? Are the families of the Las Vegas shootings eligible for government money, or does the fact they were country-western listeners preclude them from assistance?
Finally, let’s look at medical insurance. Frankly, my question is not whether we should replace Obamacare and/or with what. My question is, why is the government involved in healthcare at all? Where in the Bill of Rights was healthcare mentioned? May seem heartless, but this country went 234 years without universal healthcare. Now that this Socialist concept has been unleashed, the government will pay $42.6 billion for it this year, and it will only get more expensive. Perhaps Nancy should have read it before she pushed down our throats.
What about the money squandered on illegal aliens, civil unrest, or even unemployment insurance? The newspapers are full of companies looking for good, qualified people, and yet, the country has 4.2% unemployment. Most of those companies looking for employees offer health insurance too.
And yet, our roads and bridges are crumbling. We are $20 trillion in debt. (OK, I rounded…down!) That’s $168,861 per taxpayer. The clock does have a number for all US citizens, but the other 47% isn’t paying taxes anyway. In fact, the government pays them!
To quote President Reagan, “the problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.”