Liberals and progs are already preparing themselves for Obama’s speech today. Even they know deep down that our country cannot continue to sustain our levels of entitlement spending, they are already whining that they will not stand for any cuts to entitlements. Then we have MoveOn.org Executive Director Justin Ruben who says, “We hope that the President will stand up and use the power of the bully pulpit to make a strong and clear case that Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid need to be protected, and that he will not allow the American Dream to be held hostage again by Republicans in Congress.”
The American Dream? Am I correct in inferring that Justin Ruben equates government entitlements to the American Dream? Is this really what our Founding Fathers fought for .. why they dragged bloody feet across battlefields .. so that they could create a country where 50% of Americans don’t even contribute to the funding of our federal government and yet in 2009 almost half (46.2 percent) of Americans received at least one federal benefit: 46.5 million, Social Security; 42.6 million, Medicare; 42.4 million, Medicaid; 36.1 million, food stamps; 3.2 million, veterans’ benefits; 12.4 million, housing subsidies. Freedom, liberty and self-reliance – forgive me but I thought that those were the keys foundations of the American dream and those do not seem to go hand-in-hand with government dependency.