The tipping point is where so many people are gorging at the government teat that they will vote for whomever is most likely to keep the free money flowing, no matter how conspicuously awful that person might be as a leader. Here we see how our liberal rulers managed to push a once proud country to this point and past it:
“Based on data from the Congressional Research Service, cumulative spending on means-tested federal welfare programs, if converted into cash, would equal $167.65 per day per household living below the poverty level,” writes the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee. “By comparison, the median household income in 2011 of $50,054 equals $137.13 per day. Additionally, spending on federal welfare benefits, if converted into cash payments, equals enough to provide $30.60 per hour, 40 hours per week, to each household living below poverty. The median household hourly wage is $25.03. After accounting for federal taxes, the median hourly wage drops to between $21.50 and $23.45, depending on a household’s deductions and filing status. State and local taxes further reduce the median household’s hourly earnings. By contrast, welfare benefits are not taxed.”
Except to the shrinking minority that has managed to preserve some moral integrity despite the incessant onslaught of liberalism, it doesn’t make sense to work for a living, now that voting for a living is more remunerative.
De Tocqueville warned us long ago that our democratic republic would only last until people figured out they could vote themselves everyone else’s money. Unless we rediscover the politically incorrect concept of theft being wrong, we are past democratic solutions to the obviously unsustainable state of affairs. Our only remaining hope may be that America will be rebuilt as if was, but with a constitutional prohibition against welfare, after the inevitable total collapse. However, given the extent to which liberalism has corroded our national character, authoritarian collectivism is a more likely outcome.
On a tip from Artfldgr.