The Virtual Vitamin

A Daily Dose of Insight and Common Sense

Uncle Sam now Sugar Daddy

The role government plays in our lives is becoming more parental.  The paternal nature that now governs us has taken on the responsibilities of protector and provider.  The current administration treats the masses like children that they can scold or discipline, saying, “This is for your own good”.   The entitlement programs that continue to expand have now spoiled the work ethic, self-reliance, and personal responsibility in this country.  So much of our potential is now like a 30-year-old still living on his parent’s sofa.  Government puts food on tables, roofs over heads, and takes care of you when you get older.  Depending on society for survival has led to the breakdown of the family.  The role of father belongs in our homes, not in Washington.

May 3, 2010 Posted by | on Family, on Government, on Life, on Society | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Re-distribution Causes Regression

We are a middle class, middle-income family who works hard and volunteers often.  We are fortunate to be a one income family and spend generous time with our children.  In today’s economy we must consider what steps we would take if something were to happen, if the blue-collar job that supports us were no longer there.  It was disheartening to discover that the life we work so hard to provide would still exist.  Nothing would really change if our income were cut in half.  Our quality of life would remain even if our work ethic diminished, if we simply didn’t care about who was contributing to our well-being, if we let the state take of us.  We would be receiving tax credits instead of paying into the system.  Our medical expenses would be handled for us, instead of the $150 a month required for our employer based plan, along with the $400 a month we contribute to our personal Health Savings Account.  We would qualify for subsidized housing and not have a mortgage payment due every month, food stamps putting dinner on the table, and low-income priced services to reduce our utility bills.  Later in our lives, the government would pay for our children to go to college, senior assistance programs, and if we relied on Social Security we could stop paying into that 401k and afford to buy that 60” flat screen.  What incentives are left?  Self-respect, self-esteem, and personal pride remain, but they are fading fast in our entitlement society.  No wonder the middle class is diminishing.  Quality of life depends more on how you think, than what you make.

April 26, 2010 Posted by | on Family, on Government, on Life, on Society, on Taxes | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment