President Clinton reminds me of my Mother. Boy, they both have a lot of energy!
And both Bill Clinton and my Mother seem to want to take care of me. But unlike my Mom, President Clinton thinks I’m entitled to an awful lot of things. And when I think about the part of my paycheck I don’t get to bring home, I remember my Mother never taught me I was entitled to stuff. I always had to earn things on my own and be independent. The flip side of that is that I don’t owe anybody else a living either.
Of course, sometimes people are down on their luck through no fault of their own, and Americans have always been generous when it comes to charity. But Bill wants to turn us all into charity cases. The Cato Institute counted Bill’s state of the union wish list. One hundred and four separate policy demands. All portrayed by Mr. Bill as wonderful benefits our government should bestow upon us. No mention was made of the cost of all the goodies, or whether the government can actually deliver the utopia it promises.
Looks like the era of big government isn’t quite over after all. Do we really believe that our government can or should take care of us every step of the way, cradle to grave? Is that what life is all about, a whole lot of something for nothing? I think most of us know different. Thanks Mom. Thank you for teaching me about the importance of personal responsibility and earning my own keep.
This is Common Sense.Â I’m Paul Jacob.