A belief has been fostered in our country that we are owed everything rather than having to earn anything.
How have we become a nation who looks to the government to fix our problems? Nearly half of all Americans are receiving some sort of government benefit or entitlement. A pervasive thinking in our country is that, “Those who have should be required to give to those who don’t have,” as if charity, benevolence and compassion are behaviors that must be “enforced” by law and regulation. What happens when the entitlements are not enough? The protesters are out in the street.
This section shows how flawed thinking, combined with political agendas and addiction to power, has created government dependency. Welfare states and an economic downfall have been the result. These articles cover how we, as a nation, must foster self-reliance in a national climate that encourages individual and group achievement as the only way to lead us back to economic freedom.
Key Talking Points
- ⋅ We look to the government to fix our problems
- ⋅ Nearly half of all Americans are receiving some sort of government benefit
- ⋅ Flawed thinking has led to government dependency
- ⋅ Economic freedom results when people are rewarded for their efforts
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“You don’t need prison to lose your freedom.” These were the words I heard as I was channel surfing on my radio, and they caused me to stop in my tracks. Regardless of what the topic for the show was that day, I knew this statement was absolutely true. I’ve seen it personally with my [...]