Saturday, February 21, 2015

We're Doomed...

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the Public Treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the Public Treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy always followed by dictatorship.”
While this quote is often (mistakenly) attributed to Alexander Fraser Tytler, a Scottish scholar of antiquity in the 18th century, the truth of its substance is undeniable. Are we at the tipping point? I think if we read the way the winds are blowing, we are:
Six in 10 Americans favor raising the minimum wage, including nearly half who are strongly in favor, the AP-GfK Poll shows, while only 2 in 10 are opposed.
Who is going to pay for such a raise? We should raise the minimum wage to 50 dollars an hour! That's the ticket.
Most Americans see that as a valuable goal, with 72 percent saying the government does too little to help the middle class. Slightly fewer — about 6 in 10 — say the government does too little to help the poor, and more than half think too little is done to help the unemployed.
This is an unfortunate premise that needs to be reversed, but it's very hard to reverse once people start buying into the idea that it is the government's job to actively be involved. They would do a lot more good by getting out of the way in most cases. Don't get me wrong, I support a safety net for the truly indigent and for those who truly cannot help themselves. There is a purpose to it as temporary assistance to help people get back on their feet. They key word: temporary.
More than half of Americans — 56 percent — favor a plan put forward by Obama for the government to pay for community college for any student who maintains a certain grade point average and makes progress toward earning a degree, the AP-GfK poll shows.
Nearly 6 in 10 Americans think the government doesn't do enough to help students, the poll found.
You know, the reason we are in the mess we are with college costs is...THE GOVERNMENT! The loan program is what enabled colleges to keep raising tuition. It is what allows college presidents to make high six and seven figure salaries and professors only teaching one class while devoting 30 hours to researching useless things like why bisexual women have a higher rate of smoking than lesbians or straight heteronormative women. 

Doomed, are we.

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