Entitlements for the Masses or a Safety Net for the Few?

Last night, my county voted to close a long term care facility due to budget constraints.  I get it.  When funding is limited, hard choices have to be made.  But if you had the choice, which would you close?  A library that serves the masses, parks and recreation, or a facility that serves a handful of elderly alzheimer patients who have no where else to go?

Of course, the above choice is an oversimplification.  Closing a library won’t fund a long term care facility for the elderly.  But I fear there’s a trend developing.  As government grows to provide benefits for the masses, perversely, those in the most need fall by the wayside.

Massive entitlements to the middle class are swamping our budget.  We can’t fund everything.  Programs must be cut – but no one wants to touch the vote getters like Social Security and Medicare.  So what gets cut?  The basic social safety net.  Because the truly needy are thankfully few and eighty year-old alzheimers patients tend not to vote.  Is this compassionate liberalism?

So here’s a differnt choice: do we provide entitlements for the masses or a social safety net for the needy few?  Because it doesn’t look like we can do both.


About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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One Response to Entitlements for the Masses or a Safety Net for the Few?

  1. I wonder if they dicussed thier salary cuts ? yea dont think so. What about 45% salary reduction, they would still have a decent salary around the 50k-60k level. or Huge tax increases for government officals. Now that we have raised the taxes on the officials that didn’t want a salary cut, how about a huge tax break for families that provide long term assited care for their own relatives. Then local governments won’t have to fund long term care facilities.
    I’m just a simpleton, I know nothing about everything

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