3am. Tossing and turning over what is to come for this country, I realized something. The portion of the bill that may be America's undoing is turning back the reforms on welfare.
The 1996 Welfare Reform bill was monumental in one fact: it reduced an entitlement many thought would bring disaster to single moms and their children. It didn't. It had the opposite effect. The bill imposed limits and essentially forced the freeloaders to get to work (Welfare is legitimate. I do not begrudge those that need it. I begrudge those who use it as their way to make a buck by having more and more innocent babies). It forced those who fed off the system to get a job and to stop having so many babies. Because listen, if the government isn't the teat that these mommies could milk anymore, gaining more and more cash for every baby pushed out (Cha-Ching!), then the proverbial light went off and the trend for illegitimacy stopped ratcheting upwards. This is fact.
Take away incentive and people rethink their choices. What?! No more money for babies?! Dang, time for a jobby job......
This brings us to yesterday and the passage of the Bring Us To Our Knees bill. The bill will in essence undo the good work of the 1996 Welfare reform bill. The libs are back in business of growing their dependent welfare constituency! Oh happy day, the sun be arising again!!
When it comes time to vote, who do you think the dependant-on-the-gov-for-their-monthly-baby-check will vote for? Some candidate who truly cares about their welfare (well, not their actual welfare, as in the monies they are getting in their handout...) or the peeps keeping them down? Because let's be clear: Welfare is a nowhere nothing life, but a regular check is hard to walk away from.
If they could think past that check, past counting the baby cash cow, they would be infuriated to know that the libs count on them being poor and dependant and uneducated. Easier to sway people that way.
A better way to have spent this money would have been to offer "free" higher education to the masses. I would have much rather seen Washington's efforts on that end. Educated people mean more tax revenue. But, the libs are sneaky and crafty, they can't have people educated and thinking for themselves. Right?
Back to why I think this will possibly be our undoing. Take a country that is strong in it's populace. They work for what they have; they earn something tangible. They may struggle, yet they know that if they want something more, hard work and determination go a long way in achieving their dreams. Their dreams of a better future for their children. A better future for all of us as a country. That's a strong country.
This undoing of all the hard work of welfare reform will make us weaker as a nation. Those who want something for nothing will grow. Entitlement will be be expected. There will be less who are dreaming and working hard towards anything except procreation as a means to an end for the almighty buck. There will be fewer who believe in dreaming at all. The burden for those of us not on the teat will spiral out of control. The government will grow it's programs.
It's a sinister and chilling Washington plan.
Our enemies are watching. And waiting. There may be no need for their plots and bombs and germ warfare. Our government may have just taken care of things for them.