"The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of other possibilities, that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are viable, that removes the sense that there is an outside." (Closing of the American Mind, 249)
I often think of the advancement of the welfare state in these terms. Once you get everyone on the dole it seems impossible to think that our nation could function any other way. And if you tried to cut social security, medicare, medicade, pensions, welfare, housing vouchers, foodstamps or any other program people will fight you and believe you are mad.
LBJ's War on Poverty was going to eliminate poverty in a decade. Fourty years later, all we have accomplished is the institutionalization of poverty on the public dole. Even liberals that admit that the War on Poverty failed, or admit that paying women to become single mothers was a horrible idea still won't lift a finger to reverse those policies.
Today some young women can get a college education if they just have a child. Think about that. All that debt you are about to incur going to college, it can all be avoided in some circumstances if you just have a kid. And we will throw in some food stamps and put you at the top of the Section 8 voucher list for a free apartment as well. We pay for poor single mothers, and the old saw applies: You get what you pay for.
I would rather pay women not to have children. I would rather pay children to get straight As and good behavior than to give a social security disability check to the children who don't do well in school. We pay single women to have kids and we pay for kids to become disabled. What a system.
At some point we need to strike down every law and start over at the Constitution.
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