We have passed the tipping point, beyond which a moral, decent, responsible government would be unelectable. There are now more people nursing at the federal teat than there are private sector workers:
The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012.
Unsurprisingly, a recent Inspector General audit of the USDA’s Food Nutrition Service found that “these 15 individual programs may be inefficient, due to overlap and duplication.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 97,180,000 full-time private sector workers in 2012.
Do the math and it becomes obvious that America is doomed if we don’t reverse course immediately. Those who work are the slaves of those who don’t. The percentage of the wealth we create that we are permitted to keep will steadily shrink toward zero.
This clearly unsustainable state of affairs was made inevitable the moment the federal government overstepped its constitutional limitations and became involved in redistributing wealth. This predictably created a vicious cycle of parasitism, whereby the government is incentivized to give out ever more of other people’s money so as to win reelection with the support of a growing segment of the population that finds it easier to vote for a living than to work in an economy that is collapsing under the tax burden of the ever-expanding welfare state. Government becomes corrupt; the economy tanks; morals dissolve; our national character degenerates until we find ourselves ashamed of our only recently great country. In the long run, the price of allowing liberalism so much as a toehold is more than any civilization can afford to pay.
The next milestone: total Cloward-Piven collapse, immediately followed by a system modeled on Soviet communism. Our wealth and freedom will be gone, but at least everyone will be equal — especially our rulers and members of the privileged special interest groups they favor, who will be far more equal than the rest of us.
On a tip from Artfldgr.