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Who’s your sugar daddy now?

January 15, 2014

If the past few years haven’t taught us anything else, the fact that big government can’t provide security should be a no-brain take-away, but apparently it isn’t. We just keep looking for that giant sugar daddy, the one that we seem to believe resides in Washington D.C. or a governor’s office.

The mortgage melt-down didn’t just happen. It was the result of decades of give-away political pandering. Hundreds of thousands of people spent years assuming that if they socked away money by purchasing a home they would have some sort of financial security. At the very least, they would have a place to live. I can remember growing up when the mantra was “Buy real estate. There will never be a time when property is worth nothing”  Uh, sorry Mom, but that isn’t necessarily true anymore. If you owe more on a house than it is worth, even if that is a temporary condition, it’s worth less than nothing. It’s a liability.

Jobs didn’t just disappear because people decided they would never need another car or refrigerator. They disappeared because of the same “government can fix everything” mentality that has guided American life at least since 1964.

Your healthcare provider didn’t disappear from your insurance policy because he or she or it went out of business or died. Government policy in the form of the ACA removed them along with that policy you liked and could afford.

The reason a loaf of bread costs over three dollars now when it used to cost twenty-five cents isn’t because the company that makes it decided to become the next King Croesus. It is because we pile on tax after tax and regulation after regulation, and somebody has to pay for that.

You would think we would wise up. When we have a President that brags he has a pen and a phone, maybe we should ask if that’s really democracy.

When I was a small child, my grandmother, who watched me until my mother got home from work, told me over and over again “Nobody is responsible for you but you”, usually in response to my feeble attempt to explain away something bad I had done. I distinctly remember one time when I didn’t come home on time from a friend’s house. Gramma wasn’t too happy. I tried this gambit…”Mary’s mother didn’t tell me what time it was” and “You had her phone number, how come you didn’t call and remind me?” Answer: “It was your job to come home on time. Mary’s mother and I are not responsible to see that you keep your word. Nobody is responsible for you but you”, and she grounded me for a week. That’s called consequences for failing to take personal responsibility.

Collectively, we have the government we seem to want. Everything is supposed to be free or paid for by someone else. Need a bigger paycheck?  God forbid that you would do something to become worth more to your employer or go to a (gasp) night class to get more valuable skills. No, just whine long enough and loud enough, and the BSD (Big Sugar Daddy) in Washington will force employers to give you more money. When I can’t afford that five dollar happy meal that actually pays your wages and you have no job, whine some more and the government will give you more “free” money.

Individually we may feel powerless to stop government-mandated policies from turning our lives upside down. Collectively, nobody is responsible for us but us. Don’t want your credit card information stolen? Pay cash. Don’t have enough cash?  Get another job. Can’t find a job because there aren’t any? Vote out the nitwits in Washington whose give-away political strategy keeps that job from being available.

Sugar daddy types will drop the object of their gift-giving and support as soon as they don’t get what they want in return. From a political standpoint, that something is money and power. If the so-called base for a party or candidate says enough and goes somewhere else, the political retribution could be pretty drastic, unless that person or party is removed so it can’t exercise that power.

We don’t need more sugar daddies. We need more people like my Gramma. Nobody is responsible for you but you. 

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