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Old 07-25-2019, 12:07 PM
k9bfriender is offline
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Originally Posted by puddleglum View Post
What Romney gets wrong is conflating those who don't pay income tax with those who expect the government to take care of them.
As many of those who do not pay income tax are his wealthy peers. Yet, they still expect the govt to take care of them. They expect roads and police and fire protection, and a military to thwart invasions, and education system to produce workers, and an economic system in which to make money.
What Romney get right is that the first responsibility for everyone is to take care of themselves and their family. If everyone did that then there would be no need for other people to do it for them. The truth is that the government can't take care of people. A welfare check is no substitute for a job. Teachers, principals, and social workers can't substitute for involved, loving parents.
And what Romney entirely misses is that not everyone can deal with every possible circumstance, that a job doesn't necessarily support oneself, much less a family, without some form of assistance, and that no matter how loving, a parent needs the support of teachers, principals, and social workers to raise their child.

The idea that the government can take care of people if only the right people were elected is poison. The only thing that can help people is self reliance and if universally practiced it would solve nearly every political problem.
Right, because we would just ignore the people dying in the streets until they went away, one way or another. That is certainly a solution, and seems to be the solution that those who are currently elected are going for. Personally, I find that callous, cruel, and inhumane, and find that electing people who share the view that having the richest country in the history of the planet, and yet letting people die from lack of resources is not the country that we want to live in, will decrease the human misery that comes of enforcing your ideals of "personal responsibility" on them. Do you disagree that those who actually want to help those less fortunate them themselves are going to do more to help those less fortunate than themselves than those who subscribe to your every man for themself philosophy?

Any proposal that starts with, "We'll solve all our problems by just getting the people to act in *this* way" is doomed to failure from the start, and working from that idea is either ignorant or disingenuous.

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