Beware of the impact of state provided services.
Americans have been slowly losing control of various segments of their lives since the progressive era of the early twentieth century made it OK to federalize previously private activities. The Great Depression of the Roosevelt era codified this federal control over private business and personal behavior. This statist power grab has only accelerated since the nineteen sixties. For example, Medicare and Medicaid have replaced the doctor patient relationship with regulations and a unaffordable bureaucracy.
The Department of Education has in many instances redefined previously locally determined protocol for educating American youth. This same group has insidiously become more involved in post-secondary education and has created a $1.4 trillion student loan debt burden.
The state’s reach goes beyond these areas and is now involved in almost all activities American citizens participate. Evidence of this fact can be found at:
As the debate over Obamacare continues, please beware that if America adopts social medicine one day the state may outlaw Big Macs in the name of keeping America healthy.
The following graphic clearly shows how entrenched the state is in everyday life.1 They currently provide some level of sustenance to over 43 million people. How much more can the state become involved in Americans’ life; this is food, an essential for the maintenance of human life, that is being doled out by the Federal Government to its subjects.
The growth of the number of Americans participating in SNAP has risen significantly since the ‘so-called end’ of the Great Recession. This is preposterous and violates common economic principles.
A few simple questions come to mind as one tries to understand the need for growth in this behemoth, $70B, state sponsored program in non-recessionary times.2
Question 1: If the Great Recession has ended, why did the SNAP program continue to grow?
Question 2: If the answer to question number one is that the Great Recession is not over is the Federal Government lying to the American people about the condition of the economy?
Question 3: If the Great Recession has ended as the Federal Government has stipulated, is the growth in SNAP due to the statists’ desire to create dependence and thus control over its citizens?
As in the case of most issues, the truth is likely found in the middle ground. The Federal Government’s economic numbers are often fraudulent or at a minimum, do not reflect reality. Additionally, the state must force dependency upon its citizens to continue to survive. Simply put, the economic conditions in American are not all that great as they are purported to be and the state, in order to grow its control over its citizens, wants more people dependent upon the state such that they will be forced to choose the state over economic freedom and personal liberty.
- “Food-Stamp Recipients Can Now Order From Amazon, Other Online Retailers.” Zero Hedge. Judicial Watch, 16 Jan. 2017. Web. 16 Jan. 2017.
- United States Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General. “3.10. Administrative Costs.” (n.d.): n. page. US Department of Agriculture. United States Government, Sept. 2016. Web. 16 Jan. 2017.