Marco Rubio spoke at the Reagan library, Tuesday night on “the proper role of government,” making the point that “poverty does not create our social problems, our social problems create our poverty.”
‘The free enterprise system has lifted more people out of poverty than all the government anti-poverty programs combined,” he said.
The only hope there is for America is for its citizens to embrace this version of the proper role of government.
Standing in stark contrast is the left’s version of the proper role of government: a welfare state that actually encourages dependency as epitomized by the Obama administration’s policies.
For example, Obama’s free lunch program as John T. Bennett of The American Thinker reported: Obama Baits the Dependency Trap:
The Obama administration is busy expanding the exact type of vicious, ungrateful underclass which recently exploded in London. An administration program will expand free school meal coverage to millions of young people who are not even supposed to be eligible.
A stated goal of the program is to eliminate the stigma of getting a free lunch. But that stigma is one of the only things separating dignified free people from wretched government dependants. There is a lot of gray in between, but the Obama program would take students from a young age and nudge them in the wrong direction.
Here’s how the program works: if 40% of students at a school qualify for public assistance, then every student in the school will get free food. That’s free breakfast, lunch, and a snack. If that sounds like arbitrary welfare waste, it is. Sixty percent of the student body could be above the poverty line, ineligible for welfare, or even upper-class — it doesn’t matter. Every student magically becomes entitled.
This welfare trap is named the Community Eligibility Option, part of President Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Three states will be involved in a pilot program starting now, and more states will be phased in over time. By 2014-15, the option will be available in all states, if this law is kept on the books.
Any student at a school with 40% of the student body on welfare is going to get his free lunch, whether he needs it or not. That 40% can be made up of students already eligible for programs like Food Stamps or welfare (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). Interestingly, the category of eligibility also includes “migrant youth.” So illegals can get in on the boondoggle as well. If 5% of students are “migrant youth, and an additional 35% of students are on some form of welfare, the remaining 60% are automatically entitled if their school opts in.
Entire school districts, like Detroit’s, will receive free food for every single student in all grades, K-12. The policy is coming into effect right as we learn that Michigan, for instance, recently kicked thirty thousand college students off food stamps for abusing the system.
At a time when we should be cutting spending, these programs are being expanded. And when people live their lives from cradle to grave depending on the government for their subsistence what we end up with is a lot of people with a feeble “entitlement mentality”
If you receive what you’re entitled to, there is nothing to be grateful for because you’re entitled to it. Or, if you haven’t received an entitlement, then you’re resentful because you haven’t received what you feel you are entitled to. A few disgusting examples of this attitude can be seen in news interviews with government dependents in Clayton County, GA that have to be seen to be believed.
And here’s a disgusting example of the pernicious nature of welfare dependency: Florida Woman Has Husband Try And Impregnate 12-Year-Old Girl So They Can Claim More Welfare Benefits…
Here she is on Fox Business talking about how welfare dependency destroys black families:
Powerline has video of the question/answer session after Rubio’s speech.
He’s nixing the idea that he will be the Republican VP nominee (at the moment)…
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