Kyle, you say:
“No” the majority of our country does not feel entitled to handouts.
I think that’s right, but I also think a majority of our country believes people are entitled to handouts. And when we get to handouts as massive as we have, welfare becomes socialism.
There are only a small percentage of people in this country who are self-starting entrepreneur types. People need some help.
If that is true, and by “help” you mean a government program, it is a profound indictment of a people gone to seed. This country was not founded, populated, or made great by people who believed people need some help from government.
It is true that there will always be people who need help. I believe Jesus said as much. But to the extent we conclude from that datum that government must intervene, we do a disservice to those we are supposedly helping, as well as the people from whom we are stealing to provide the “help.”
Politicians shouldn’t be yelling at people in need; nor should they be promising to lift their neighbors’ wallets to alleviate their poverty. They should be getting out of the way so Burke’s “little platoons” can provide real help.
When once a politician picks a pocket to satisfy a constituent, he will never stop . . . and the only limiting principle becomes how much he can pinch without getting punched.