Our nation stands at the precipice. No-- not the “Fiscal Cliff”. Our problem is much more dire. At stake is the unifying principle of what it means to be an American. Some claim idealistic, even high-minded ideas as our unifying principle . However, the true unifying principle of our country is, rather crudely, summed up as “You don’t work, you don’t eat” (Captain John Smith, Jamestown. First Successful Colony)
Why is this our unifying principle? American was founded not to be led by King or Tyrant but to be led by its people. For a nation to be run by its people, they must be good and vote for the good of the nation. As Alexis de Tocqueville put it “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.”
Thomas Jefferson also warned us:
“Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
Our Democracy has reached Jefferson's brink:
- We spend more on welfare programs than we spend on national defense.
- We spend enough to give every poor household nearly $60,000.
- Single Moms are better off on Welfare and earning 29K than taking a 69K job
The good news? Americans still understand this unifying principle. In a recent poll, 83% of Americans supported the notion that people should be required to work for welfare. Our unifying principle is intact, but the principles of work and not entitlement must be reestablished in our laws. There are those who wish to vote themselves the benefits earned by others. They are motivated not for what is best for America but for the goodies given to them.
We must show them that these goodies will not be free. Not for us AND not for them. We must stand in their way and say: “We will help those in need if they are willing to work”.
Once those seeking goodies learn that work is required, the beauty of the welfare state fades. They will soon realize “Why should I spend time voting for people to give me stuff if I have to work to get it?”
The solution therefore is to require work anytime someone receives a government handout. Republicans should refuse to extend the debt limit without it. Whether it is welfare, public housing, food stamps, extended unemployment, and yes even ObamaCare subsides. For all these programs, people should expect to have to provide some public service. (The one exception is education since they are working to learn better job skills) How popular will ObamaCare be if people learn they have either pay for it or perform community service?
If we make this the one condition for debt extension, the American people will be with us. President Obama will force a government shutdown, but we can stand firm. 83% of Americans will be with us.
It is a simple, easy to understand American principle: You Don’t Work, You Don’t Eat.