May 7, 2011
Marie Lozito is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, wife, mother, grandmother and life-long conservative. She wrote a text on medical massage and taught at New York College of Health Professions.
Interested in, and observing politics since 1960, she
ran for elected office in 2010.
The Siren Song of the Welfare State
Who doesn't want to help people less fortunate? Most of us do feel good about ourselves when we make a positive difference in another person's life. This is the emotional appeal, the “siren's song”, of socialism. If we just have the government make a program to help the less fortunate, everyone will be alright and we will be such good people. Our intentions are good. But wait a minute...has anyone actually looked at the programs created and the real effects they have? Do these programs really help or are they like the Siren's song in mythology that lured sailors into dangerous waters where they would be shipwrecked and drown?
We need to be honest about the effects that our good intentions have, once a program is created. During the Great Depression, a progressive Democrat, FDR started the first welfare style programs in America. Now, with over 75 years of socialist style Federal government programs in America, very few have bothered to honestly look at the results.
Patrick Henry said,
“It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth – and listen to the song of that siren, ... Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, ... For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for
We need to have the courage of Patrick Henry and change what is not working.
“The lessons of history, confirmed by the evidence immediately before me, show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.”
- President Franklin Roosevelt (1935)
Please notice that this statement was made by the very same man responsible for institutionalizing welfare programs in the Federal government. (As an aside, many economists think that his actions during the depression extended the duration by several years – that his programs hurt rather than helped the economy.)
Noted Russian dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn, wrote, "Socialism of any type leads to a total destruction of the human spirit."
"Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. St. Monday and St. Tuesday, will soon cease to be holidays. Six days shalt thou labor, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among
- Benjamin Franklin (letter to Collinson, 9 May 1753)
Mark Alexander wrote,
“...Paraphrasing the noted economist and philosopher F.A. Hayek, Future Freedom Foundation President Jacob Hornberger wrote, "There is no difference in principle, between the economic philosophy of Nazism, socialism, communism, and fascism and that of the American welfare state and regulated economy." Not only is there no economic distinction between socialist systems in different political wrappers, ultimately there is no consequential societal distinction between Marxist Socialism, Nationalist Socialism, or the most recent incarnation of this beast, Democratic Socialism. The conclusion of socialism by any name, once it has replaced Rule of Law with the rule of men, is tyranny.”
… “Democratic Socialism, like Nationalist Socialism, is nothing more than Marxist Socialism repackaged. Likewise, it seeks a centrally planned economy directed by a single-party state that controls economic production by way of regulation and income redistribution. The success of Democrat Socialism depends upon supplanting Essential Liberty, the rights "endowed by our Creator" -- primarily by refuting such endowment.”
From Heritage Foundation:
“...Twenty-nine years later,
(after 1935) the American welfare state was still relatively small, consuming only 1.2 percent of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). The American family was also still intact, with 93 percent of children born into stable families. But then President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty happened. Forty-five years and $16 trillion later, thanks to big government, poverty is winning. Thanks to over $900 billion a year (over 5 percent of GDP) of spending on over 70 means-tested welfare programs spread over 13 government agencies, more than 40 million Americans currently receive food stamps, poverty is higher today than it was in the 1970s, and 40 percent of all children are born outside of marriage.”
As you can see, the actual effects of welfare's good intentions are negative. Not many have bothered to see this fact. Fortunately, the many welfare programs of the current nanny state have caused such debt that people are noticing at least that negative effect. People are upset about the huge national debt and the annual budget deficits the Federal government is running.
“Deficit spending,” concluded Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (1987-2006), “is simply a scheme for the hidden confiscation of wealth.” And that is precisely the result of progressive and liberal policies. It is the prescription necessary to fully establish “Democratic Socialism” here in America.
“The Constitution was made to guard the people against good
intentions.” - Daniel Webster
Please do not be so naive as to think that we are a magical country and our God given rights can not be blocked from us by an over-controlling centralized government. Don't think that our middle class can not be driven into poverty by manipulation of the economy, devaluation of the dollar and redistribution of wealth through progressive taxation, penalizing the successful, and deficit spending.
We need to take our country back: reestablish proper limits on the Federal government, all three branches – Executive, Legislative and Judicial; reestablish the Rule of Law rather than the current rule of men we have been seeing. Pay more attention to what our politicians are doing – locally, statewide and federally – support those fighting for our rights and following the restrictions in the state and federal constitutions. Support those who are trying to save the American way of life – individual liberties and economic freedom with a large and independent middle class free to strive to do, and accomplish, their best.