Today, I heard a commercial for food stamps. A COMMERCIAL FOR FOOD STAMPS!
Yes, it is humane to offer a safety net for those who would starve without aid but two critical points factor into this mix:
- Americans helping other Americans would provide a far more effective and efficient solution than the horde of bureaucrats who get paid to dole out–and now advertise– food stamps. Charity is alive and well in the U.S. We don’t need Washington to gum up the works.
- With millions of people now on food stamps, many using them fraudulently, there is no reason to advertise them. Word spreads quickly today when something, anything is for free. Do we really want Washington spending our tax dollars to promote dependence on stamps?
But this is all part of a wider cultural issue that pertains to who we are and what we are becoming as a nation. Our strength has always been drawn from our willingness to roll up our sleeves, link our brains with our brawn and show the rest of the world how to build cars, grow wheat, turn garage-built prototypes into high-tech enterprises that are the marvel of humanity.
All across our 50 sprawling states, millions are wondering why this America appears to be evaporating before their eyes. After a TV appearance I made last week– one that sailed into the heart of a national debate– I have received thousands of emails from frustrated and angry Americans, many at the boiling point of their emotions, pleading for a return to the values that inspire them to work hard, buy homes of their own, run their small businesses without interference. At this point, they feel suffocated by a growing chorus that chants:
- Business is evil
- Success is based on greed
- Those who create wealth should be forced to relinquish it to those who don’t
- Everything should be free
So emotional are these emails to me that I feel the need to answer them all.
To do my small part to fight against the entitlement tide that is sweeping, across the nation. To help assure so many who feel alone and saddened by the current state of affairs, that the vast majority still feels like them.
That America can still return to a bastion of freedom where everyone knows that if you want to be the next Steve Jobs, you have to work for it.Email This Post