Welfare state’s bondage ‘just over horizon’
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DEAR EDITOR:

George Will’s May 17 MDJ column “LBJ’s Bifurcated Legacy” is only part of the story.

President Lyndon Johnson’s greatest legacy is really that which initiated the vehicle which will eventually destroy the greatest nation the world has ever known, namely, The United States of America. That legacy was based on the concept that a certain segment of American society was entitled to live well without work. It has become commonly known as “The Welfare State.”

The cost of the Welfare State, from the outset, was to be totally borne on the backs of those who work and pay taxes.

This cost has increased substantially during each year since it began 50 years ago. During 2013, this cost exceeded $1.3 trillion, doubling over the past eight years. If this cost continues to double during each eight year period into the future, as it is now doing, it will bankrupt the United States in 20 years, regardless of what is done with Social Security and Medicare.

Scottish historian Alexander Fraser Tyler, born in 1749, wrote: “A democracy … can only exist until voters discover they can vote for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise them the most from the public treasury. The result is that democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, usually followed by a dictatorship. Historically, great nations progress from bondage to great courage, from great courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence and from dependence back to bondage.”

From that point forward, the wealthy business class and the governing classes will determine how much of the total output of the nation is required to keep their slave labor alive and working, while the rest belongs to them.

The American “citizen” will do exactly what he or she is told to do and exactly how and when they will do it, or their families will be dropped from the dole. America will then have become an apparition of the former Soviet Union in the last century, and most of the civilized world during the Dark Ages.

Take a good look at what is happening today, both in America and in the world around you. America is almost there. Bondage is just over the horizon.

James E. Stoll

Kennesaw

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AverageJ
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May 29, 2014
So Mr. Stoll, what is the answer to provide food and housing for the people who cannot find a job that pays more than $8-$13 an hour, EVEN for people with a college degree? This country manufactures practically nothing. Prices of food, clothing, utilities, and housing consistently rise faster than wages. This NO raise at all (police & firemen particularly) or 1.7% to 3% raise does not cover the cost increases each year. I have tracked various costs and just a can of fruit cocktail jumps 11 cents in a year. That is over a 10% jump. Did your salary jump 10% last year?

And if you work for the mega corporation and reach 48 yrs old, you will soon be given a package, if you are lucky, and sent off to pasture.

The wealthy have their high salaries, particularly the corporate executives with a salary 248% higher than their average employee. The wealthy have their tax breaks. So what is your solution to keep people from rioting in the streets with their rakes and hoes, when they are desperate?
Jim Stoll
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May 30, 2014
AverageJ

Unfortunately there is no longer an answer. When over 50% of those who vote in a national election

are living on the government dole, what would cause them to bite the hand that is keeping the feeding trough filled to capacity. Common sense will tell you that they will only vote for those who promises to give them more of what they have been receiving. That, my friend, is Bondage.
anonymous
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June 09, 2014
@Jim Stoll, "THERE IS NO LONGER AN ANSWER", if you are a conservative there is always an answer! Cut taxes on the rich and cut regulations on corporations then watch the money flow down.
on balance
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May 29, 2014
Good article, James.
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