Teach a Man to Fish

Teach a Man to Fish

Give a man a fish, he can eat for a day; Teach a man to fish, he can eat for a lifetime. But what do you do if the man doesn’t want to learn to fish? Do you keep giving him fish from your own hard labor or make them start being responsible for themselves? This is the problem we have in America and the question our government needs to start asking itself.

There are many people who are physically or mentally unable to work, I am not talking about them. We have multitudes of people in our country today that don’t want to fish; they want the government to just give them free everything. Our founding fathers did not set up our country to be that way. They set it up so no matter if you came from a ranch in Texas or a broken home in Hawaii, you could become president, but it was set up so with hard work, there was nothing you couldn’t achieve.

Our government, starting changing what the founding fathers had set up in the 1930’s and started a cancer in our country that must be stopped. Between the 1950’s and 1960’s, changes from our founding fathers original structure were put into overdrive by our government and our country has gone down hill every sense and this cancer of entitlements has spread like wild fire. Now close to half the people in the United States have no pride, morality, or integrity and would rather receive handouts from the government than do an honest day of work and the bad part about this; our government caused it.

In 1950 the budget was:

The defense budget is 54% but you had a mandatory draft for all males and at this time the unemployment rate was less then 2% and the Korean War was in full swing and the Cold War was in starting. Welfare was at 4% because people had pride and wanted to work for what they received. The education was at 6% when you graduated high school you could read, write, and do math unlike today. Let’s jump ahead to 1960.

In 1960 the budget was:

At this time, Welfare and Education actually dropped in the amount of money they received yet our graduates were the smartest in the world but this is where all starts to change. This is where the people who want to destroy our country started with disastrous results. The first item is when government pensions climb 600% (Big Government)in 10 years.

In 1965 the budget was:

Welfare and healthcare doubles in the next 5 years bringing us up to 1965. We are in one of the worse wars we been in with the politicians calling the shots instead of the military leaders, it goes disastrous.

In 1975 the budget was:

From 1965 to 1975 Welfare almost doubles again and Health Care rises 400% to 8% of the budget. The military who has provided job training for decades is slashed 46% and the draft ends. At this point what many do not recognize is that the skilled labor the military has been supplying in droves to the private sector is now also slashed. Now let’s go to present day to see what the results.

In 2010 the budget was:

From 1975 to 2010, the military is cut another 25%, that is 55% from 1960 and along with it our countries ability to produce skilled labor drops as well. Welfare is up 45% from 1975 and 500% from 1960. Healthcare is up 300% and up 2400% and unemployment is up 500% from 1960. What has changed you might ask, it is attitude and character. In the 1950s especially and to the 1970s, the attitude was I don’t want any handouts, I’ll work (no matter race or gender) for what I get and my employer will get an honest days work for an honest days pay. Today it is they owe me this and I’ll try to get some things done because I know we need to.

The entitlements need to end except for the true needy; the elderly, crippled, and mentally challenged. We need to return the culture of our country back to an honest days work for an honest days pay. If we don’t, we will loose our freedom and become another third world country instead of the model for all to strive to be.

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