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Our Entitlement-Minded Society

How entitled is too entitled?

You could argue back and forth with devoted Bern Victims all day about the glorious tenets of Socialism and more “free stuff” for everybody, but your words would likely fall on deaf ears, while your blood pressure needlessly spiked to dangerous levels.

The neo-hippies who support Bernie Sanders, heads full of dreams of free healthcare, free college tuition, and no concern for a spending plan that would add $30 trillion to our national debt, according to some sources, are only part of this nation’s problem. We are reaching a level of unsustainability, buttressed by a population who care more about status than substance, self-gratification over personal responsibility, and priorities that are so monumentally skewed that had the founding fathers had even the slightest hint of how our freedoms would someday be perverted, they would have likely threw their hands up and counted the whole experiment of government of the people, by the people, and for the people a pointless endeavor.

This is not the America they envisioned.

When I’m standing in the checkout line at the grocery store, coupons in one hand, calculator in the other, as I do a rough figure on what my items are going to cost, I’m not a happy camper if the shopper ahead of me has a cart full of goodies, her acrylic nails freshly done, the newest iPhone pressed to her ear, all as her government-issued EBT card hovers at the ready to pay her bill. To see this same individual load her groceries into a new or nearly new vehicle is mind-boggling.

I don’t begrudge anyone with a true need (the handicapped or elderly, specifically) the help they receive from our government. I do have a problem with those who take advantage of the systems of public aid that have been put in place. What was originally meant as a hand up has been converted into career opportunities, for some.

Take this recent case of a Florida man who tried to buy a $60,000 BMW SUV with food stamps. When he was turned down, rightfully, he just returned to the dealership and stole the SUV.

The story from The Blaze reports that Nicholas Jackson, 36, ran out of gas and was apprehended by police. He also had the keys to 60 other vehicles from the dealership.

Jackson’s case is somewhat unusual, in that he actually tried to use an EBT card to buy a very expensive luxury car, when he apparently has no job to drive it to. However, he is but one example of how the system is being abused, and those who would abuse what amounts to government charity feel entitled to it, rather than grateful for the safety net, and motivated to try and better their position.

Now, try to imagine a society where those who already have, want more, for free, and those who don’t have, have no real desire to pull themselves up, because they’ve found a way to work the system and be comfortable.

Are you frightened, yet?

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