The Safety Net
We’re part of a compassionate society. As the last world Superpower we’re blessed with success, wealth, and a concern for those less fortunate than ourselves. Our success is a direct result of our freedoms and our drive to create a better life for our children than our parents made for us. (Our parents have nothing to be ashamed of they not only did a good job they did an excellent job) All successful people want to contribute to the needs of those in our society who need a helping hand. Understand what I just wrote, a helping hand, not a way of life.
Our churches and family members should have the primary responsibility to care for those who have a short term issue and need some short term help. When those resources can not or will not help someone in need the government could step in and provide a helping hand and that short term help. The safety net should be intended to help you land gently on the ground when you fall. It should not be intended to support you off the ground indefinitely.
All helping hands should have an end date not the indefinite drain on the public piggy bank that you see today. One good example of a government helping hand is food stamps. That seems like a great idea for a family who needs some short term help. Provide some coupons to allow them to buy food and feed their family. The budget for this was so large and so few people took the government up on the free offer, that they spent millions of dollars on campaigns to inform the public that this free ride was available for more people. This is a safety net, there to catch people, who fall, not an opportunity to feed your family on the government dime. Why did they approve the money to get more people to use it and further drain our piggy bank? The safety net is there; if they don’t use it leave our money alone. Do NOT spend money trying to get more people to consume our safety net.
There’re all sorts of organizations made to help the public learn about how to use the safety net to support their families, but not as many to teach recipients of the public largess how to support themselves. The public piggy bank needs to be conserved not consumed by the needy. More effort should be used to get them to be self sufficient not more dependant. As they become self sufficient, maybe the 53% who pay taxes will be a bigger percentage. 47% of tax payers don’t pay any taxes and some of them get a big refund. That means only 53% of taxpayers are footing the bill for the safety net and everything else we spend money on. The more successful are paying too much and the less successful are paying too little, and those who get something for nothing is petty larceny from the public piggy bank. When you offer a free ride people accept a free ride. Stop offering a free ride and only offer and helping hand.
Another classic example of rewarding a lack of success is our tax system. Some people fail to earn enough money to be taxed, but get a reward for their lack of success and that money comes from the exorbitant taxes taken from the successful. This would be inexcusable if we maintained a balanced budget, it’s almost criminal when we don’t have the money for this.
When you can’t put food on the table for your family, do you spend $100 to buy food for a family in need across town? Probably not. Why do we let the elected empty suits do it with our money? When you can’t put food on the table for your family, do you plan a cruise to Bermuda? Probably not. Then why do the elected empty suits spend money on sleazy little add ons in their appropriations. If the money isn’t there to spend, why do they spend it and why do we let them. Is fiscal responsibility a bad concept? Probably not.
We need our elected empty suits to work hard at finding ways not to spend our money, and what money they do spend needs to be explained to the satisfaction of the 53% of us who are paying taxes. The 47 % don’t need an explanation they deposited their explanation, when they didn’t have to pay taxes and for those who got a bonus from our tax dollars certainly don’t need an explanation.
We need better people in positions to approve the spending from the pubic piggy bank. Vote out all incumbents, they had their turn and failed to produce results. Vote in new people who understand what money is and what spending means. The public piggy bank is not their toy store.
Vote the Bums Out,