Objects of benevolence

"Entitlements" claim 62% of our budget!

It seems to me that somewhere down the line, when our forefathers instituted the documentation known as our Constitution, to current day Washington DC politics, our politicians has deemed themselves the power to use federal dollars on benevolent manners. This “Object of benevolence” spending now accounts for approximately 2/3 (actually 62%) of our federal budget. This includes Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security – along with other "entitlements" such as food stamps, unemployment, and housing assistance.

Throw in the aid to higher education, farm subsidies, business subsidies and the latest ObamaCare, to name a few, moves us closer to 70% of our federal budget.

From the Heritage Foundation
From the Heritage Foundation

A wise man once said...

James Madison, the father or our Constitution, once stood on the floor of the House, declaring

"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."

We need to ask this question, has our Constitution been amended to authorize federal spending on "objects of benevolence"?

According to our Constitution...

Thomas Jefferson was clear and concise when he said “Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.”

Charity has no part of the legislative duty of our federal government. It seems to me that our hard earned income is now, being confiscated and redistributed unconstitutionally. Our federal government’s number one reason for its existence is to Defend our way of life! Not to constrain it, Not to provide for it, and surely not to redistribute it!! They are sworn to “defend, preserve and protect” this way of life, according to our Constitution.

Americans are the MOST generous...

Ben Franklin said it best, “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”

It is my personal belief that if our government would restore this nation as it was intended; allowing all of its citizens to pursue happiness, in the tradition of free enterprise, in the conservative capitalistic sense, these so called “objects of benevolence” would be taken care of by these industrious, God-fearing, hard working folks known as Americans. We have proved in the past days of this nation that we (U.S.A) are the most generous and giving, benevolent group of people on the planet. To make this a slightly more “religious hub”, I will take it one step further, that most of this country’s citizens are Bible believing folks, who take words such as "Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to." As our “good book” has taught us.

I think the mere corruption of today’s politicians find it a great way to assure themselves votes to stay in power, by being a rescuer of those who are down and out, by using this "Object of Benevolence” as a means of spending taxpayers dollars.

I say, it is time for this to end, and honor our Constitution.

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Fiddleman 6 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Great hub

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Old Poolman 6 years ago from Rural Arizona

Great Hub, and I so wish we could make this happen. It is difficult enough to move forward, and nearly impossible to go back. This whole government thing is like a runaway train we can't even seem to slow down, let alone stop. Even if we got it stopped, we would never be able to push it backwards. We no longer have a government, we have an uncontrollable nightmare on our hands.

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American Romance 6 years ago from America

Excellent hub! Im PUMPING my fist for YOU!

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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Fiddleman, THANK YOU for your kind words, it means a lot to me. :)

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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Old Poolman, thanks for reading and your comments. I agree this is a nightmare, but I am the eternal optimist,and truly believe we CAN turn this around, and restore this back into a GREAT NATION.

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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author



Thanks for your response, it not only made me laugh, but it made my day!!... :)

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rommergrot 6 years ago

Great hub. I voted Up. If I were back in the 50's and were able to walk through a door into 2010 I would think I was in some foregin country. I want our country back.

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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks rommegrot, for your vote and support. I agree, things has change so much over the last 50 years or so...since the great liberal movement began, many things has changed for the worse. I too, want this country back, and I think folks like us are growing by leaps and bounds and I am cautiously optimistic, we will get our country back.


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b. Malin 6 years ago

Wonderful History Lesson...a must read. Our country is in a sad state of affairs right now. The voters spoke this November and we will again in 2012. This country is worth fighting for and trying to bring some sanity back. I look forward to following you, and thanks for following me as well.

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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks for stopping by b. Malin, I appreciate your reply and agree with you.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

A very thought provoking hub. Thank you.

We are living in the midst of economic paralysis, social disorder and political cataclysm. Beneath the surface, there is sin: the sin of greed, power, contempt for human beings, and the denial of brotherhood. Our spiritual sickness can only be cured by a spiritual restoration. There must be an agreement with God, with the moral and spiritual realities of life.

Forever His,

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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

RevLady your comments carry a lot of clout with me, and I deeply appreciate them.

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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

CMerritt: Way to voice your opinion here. I once had the occasion to tell a transportation supervisor where I worked who always loved telling us about his power and authority over us that his power and authority were illusionary, and not real, and that he would have no power whatsoever if it were not given him from above. He actually thought I was referring to his boss, I was referring to God.

Brother Dave.

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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Brother Dave,

Thanks for stopping by. Some people just plain and simply do not get it.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

This Hub is awesome! I love the quotes you included from our Founding Fathers. I could not have enjoyed this more, or agreed with it more. Thank you!

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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

James, YOU have made my day. I appreciate you taking the time to read my "ramblings".


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

You are oh so correct! I think the American taxpayer can accept the rationale for Social Security and Medicare. Beyond those the basis of reason pales terribly and true to form there is no real benevolence...it's all about buying voting blocks by passing out money to unions, welfare cases, and fat-cat projects. It needs to stop and stop soon. Our members of Congress should be elected on the basis of their ability to manage the financial affairs of the nation not on their benevolent spending ability. When many Americans wake up to the fact that there is no free lunch...there will not be anything left for lunch. Thanks for a good hub! WB

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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks Wayne, I appreciate you taking the time to read my Hub. I am so hoping that American's do wake up and wake up soon.

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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

When you are right, you are right brother. Now we need to duplicate our efforts again come 2012. Great hub CMerritt. Thank you for bringing history to light.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

You are absolutely right. We do need to stop this runaway train. I think our work isn't over yet, although we have voted. We need to watch and make sure these new congressmen and women live up to their promises to cut spending and so forth. Awesome hub.

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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Pamela, we have got to keep these newly elected officials under a microscope and make sure they live up to the expectations that we, the voter, has set. We got to do this again in two years, and hopefuly we continue this march towards taking back this country.

Thanks so much for your remarks.


Palehorse 6 years ago

Seems to me the purpose of government is indeed "benevolent in nature, in that it should be well meaning and kindly toward its peoples and as an organization serve the people in a benevolent vein inasmuch as it should not be for profit, but rather to promote the general welfare of its peoples and territories, via the means necessary for benefit of the nation as a whole, and its posterity.

It is within this very nature that federal programs like social security (Social Security act of 1935), Medicare/Medicaid (1965 Amendments), public assistance and welfare programs, unemployment insurance, etc. have been initiated during times not far removed from those we currently find ourselves within. The difference between those times and now is that the programs are already in place and nothing more is required other than to assure their infrastructure is robust enough to meet with present day demands. While that is clearly questionable given the dire straights an ever increasing portion of today's society in this nation finds itself in, there is another key difference where today is concerned; and that is the growing perception from an ever increasing percentage of leadership that these programs amount to charity and enable, and in a lot of perspectives encourage individuals to adopt a lifestyle that encompasses living off the efforts of others.

While such viewpoints and approaches may have had a time period in the recent past wherein a large portion of those on the rolls of these systems were indeed malingerers and lazy individuals doing just that, the reality that is this year and the previous two to three years is far removed from those outdated and greedy viewpoints.

The overwhelming majority of the individuals forced into these systems today are people with a long and admirable history of doing what it took to provide a comfortable home and life for themselves and their families through a personal constitution that encompassed hard work and long hours. The majority of them have toiled long and hard in manufacturing industries that were, and in some cases still are, the lifeblood of this nations economy and its livelihood, and through no fault of their own after decades of faithful and hard won dedication to their chosen careers they have found themselves without work because of factory of facility closings, and unable to obtain work for those very same reasons. The fact is most of the individuals currently on the unemployment roles, for example, are there for only the first or second time in their entire lives, and despite a consistent and diligent efforts to seek out and secure employment, they have been met with nationwide absence of employment opportunities.

Those lucky enough to continue within their chosen careers in this caustic environment are increasingly adopting an attitude toward these social safety nets that may very well have been valid 5 years ago, but today amounts to nothing more than class assassination and kicking an individual when they are down, but it really is not totally their fault either.

The blame lays squarely upon the political structure of this nation, who failed to act when the systems were truly being abused, and now somehow see it as some kind of "mandate" or political cause to treat those of us forced to rely upon these systems as those who abused them SHOULD have been treated when it should have been an issue. The true measure of a man, and a nation, is what they do with power, and in the present day that power is being utilized to abuse the least amongst us at a time when that social class is growing to historic proportions.

These politicians are invoking emotional propaganda in order to elicit a knee jerk reaction from the people they supposedly represent, to achieve a political agenda that is not as well received as they would hope it to be. And in doing so they are utilizing the worst possible "example" as a lever to obtain some kind of twisted political goal. Instead of targeting areas of the budget and government structure that are far overdue for reorganization or restructuring, they are targeting and using the social safety net this country established because it was an imperative problem even back when they were established, and treading roughshod over programs that at the end of the day would serve only to achieve a very minute fraction of the end goal.

They are stalling in order to figure out how to keep what they see as their own livelihoods, from being impacted by this national crises, and using the least amongst us to bolster the positions of those that have the most. And the saddest part about this is that they are using those not currently negatively impacted by this crises to achieve it, by feeding them emotional based propaganda that amounts to fear mongering, to do nothing more than to protect themselves; and all on the backs of the least amongst us. And soon even those people who are joining their cause will become a part of the very class they are sacrificing at the alter of power.

It is a sad day in the history of this nation, when we decide that the lives of the 20-40 million unemployed people and their families are not important enough to continue endorsing the programs our modern day fore fathers, and indeed our modern day fellow Americans, once deemed [u]vital[/u] to the promotion of the general welfare and in securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.

Would it not be a more kindred act to put off the question of validity surrounding these programs to a time within which this nation returns to general posterity and productivity, and instead utilize the knives to cut off the true fat? One would think so. . .

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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Palehorse, I am not saying we should not do anything to help folks in dire times....I'm saying politicians has use unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, to assure themselves votes and power. That is clearly not what our forefathers intended it to be. Rather, they should assure our freedoms and liberties so ALL Americans can pursue happiness.

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Palehorse 6 years ago

Indeed they do Cmerritt!

And yet, we keep voting them in!

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

CMerritt! Great write! Thank you sir. Palehorse has some good points and others too.

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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Mick, thank YOU sir!, I value your comments. Yes, although I don't always agree with Palehorse, he ALWAYS has a great opinion, that I do value. As others on here also have.

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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Excellent hub! I think our country today lacks the brilliant minds of Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin. Many current leaders have lost sight of the what is important and the values our country were built on. Thanks for creating such a thought provoking hub. Rated up and awesome.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author


You are right, those guys was brilliant beyond our imagination. I thank you for reading and your very kind remarks.


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uncorrectedvision 5 years ago from Indiana

So few people understand that it is their personal, individual duty to find the person nearest to them and lend them a hand. It is not incumbent upon a collective "us," but, rather, on a singular "I." If each of us worked toward this end then poverty's brutality could be muted. It is the grinding mediocrity of the collectivist that facilitates the spread of poverty by encouraging the habits of thought and action that plummet one into long term poverty in the first place.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

@ uncorrectedvision,

You comments are extremly accurate and I concur 100%

Thank you for reading and commenting.

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American Romance 5 years ago from America

You are right of course! Keep preaching brother, many of us are screaming Amen!

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks AR, this hub I wrote over a year ago, and I think it is even more prevailant today with the OWS movement....so many of them are merely wanting a handout at others expense. A whole generation no longer has any shame to demanding help, and totally expect that Americans do not need to help their country but rathe want their country to help them. Just the opposite that JFK asked us all during his famous speech.

Tom Jones 3 years ago

It was already proved by government studies that the so called trickle down theories of creating wealthy people who will then by their own benevolence redistribute their wealth to the general public are bogus...any money redistributed was not being given to minorities who were citizens of the USA....that is why government had to step in...not only could minorities not obtain jobs, but any charity was not being given to them in the same amounts as non-minorities....the laws creating benevolent spending were necessary to ensure fair distribution of a country's wealth, rather than the lopsided distribution that the free market was creating due to racist beliefs. In order to facilitate the "All men are created equal" aspects of the Constitution this had to be done.

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mahilena 3 years ago

“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated." Jefferson was wrong since this is not how it was written... the first enumerated power was not made subject to the other powers..it is a stand alone power

Article 1 section 8 Taxing for the General Welfare -Full Constitutionality of Federal spending


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

That sir, is just a load of crap. If you actually think, that the intent was to allow our government to have the ability to spend upon anything "they" feel neccesary....then that is a real shame. It has been picked apart by smarmy politicians, so they can have an unlimited purse to "buy" votes by their constituents.

Just look at what has happened to our Nation.

Maybe Jefferson was wrong in how it was written.....but, you know as well as I do, the intent.

mahilena 3 years ago

Our nation is exceptional because of the benevolence programs....your stuff is a load of crap....the intention is not what counts but how it was written...that is the essential of the constitution and government, to take care of its citizens...anything else you want to claim maybe rooted in some sort of protestant work ethic BS...but that is not what millions of Americans believe and our history dictates....Jefferson as many of the other founders were politicians voicing their views...those views are irrelevant and it is not what was intended but what is that counts

mahilena 3 years ago

Limited Government in the Constitution is not the same as "small Government"


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Collectivism Phobia of the Anti-Government Crowd


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

I appreciate your thoughts, and your visit, but don't be leaving spam on here.

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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

I will want to add, I agree we most certainly ARE an exceptional nation...but not because 2/3rds of our government is geared towards entitlement programs, but because our citizens ARE extremely charitable and giving. I am not against tax dollars being utilized to help those who are indeed in need. But we have allowed too many to take advantage of a good thing.

The democrat way seems to be inticing as many as they can to become dependent upon our government so they can assure "control" of the masses, when the time comes.

I want our government to simply enamble our economy to be its best, so that everyone can still chase the American dream. To raise families and be productive members of our great society.

mahilena 3 years ago

Well, I do not know what you refer to as Spam, I just tried posting two links to something in my blog regarding the issue...but you took them out..so much for liberty of expression

Anyways, our exceptionalism comes from our liberal achievements, since conservatism has never proved anything other than getting us into depressions since the guilded age, ...I agree that Americans are giving and have a great nature, but no private efforts without the mediation, support and protection from government could actually happen successfully, and it never has, in fact FDR saved capitalism from itself...conservatism in turn has failed all its battles since the American Revolution which was a liberal achievement, to the civil war, Segregation, New Deal, Civil Rights, the Great Society, supported by both republicans and democrats over the years is what has made America grow into the great nation it is today...it has been a join private and public effort......Americans should benefit from their government and their General Welfare should be enhanced, made better, we should actually have the a 2nd bill of rights one that would guarantee jobs, housing, food, health care for all, therefore liberating us from want so we can concentrate on building happiness...the old protestant work ethic and the predestined Calvinist doctrines of Moochers and Leeches is something the last election rejected...Americans want and should want more out of their government to enhance their quality of life when they cannot do it on their own as well as when they can do it on their own...

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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author


Remember that one?

How is you would GUARANTEE jobs, housing, food and healthcare?

I know how "I" would do it. Open up all of our oil wells and push natural gas as an alternative. Allow fracking. Reduce Corporate taxes and Captial Gains tax.

THAT, my friend would indeed guarantee JOBS. Housing, food and Healthcare would follow suit.

It is really not rocket science to figure this out.

MAHILENA 3 years ago

Correct, so your position is not WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY BUT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOURSELF I understand that is classical AynRand, let the wealthy rip the benefits of government and the rest let them be screwed....the "fend for yourself" BS is something Americans no longer stand for...We all do for our country, so we are entitled to rip the benefits of our contributions...

Private industry does not guarantee jobs, it acts on its own according to profit motives and it cannot be dependent upon for those on the wrong side of the market ...supply side economics, Reaganomics failed and was again continued to fail thru the republican administrations of recent years...

Americans want an efficient government they can depend on when they can no longer are able to fend for themselves, the libertarian freedom is a BS freedom, freedom to be hungry, homeless, sick..i.e., freedom to die...NO NO we want what FDR said

FDR: "true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security"

Franklin D. Roosevelt: State of the Union Message to Congress

On 1944 he delivered his 2nd Bill of Rights idea which is pretty much what most Americans then and to day do seek as exemplified in Nov 6th 2012...which is that Economic Security TRUMPS the idea of the risks of Liberty and entrepreneurship or wealth...in fact the later best happens only when economic security and independence have occurred...this is why Roosevelt made America the exceptional America it has become under Liberal principles and values

"We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. "Necessitous men are not free men." People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education.

All of these rights spell security"

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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Let me respond:

Among these are:

“The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation”

Along with that, the right to own such industry or shop or farm or mine…to be, whatever you dream it is to be, without a hindrance of our government to over regulate and over tax so that these folks can keep our economy robust, that allows those to have a useful and remunerative job.

“The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation”

If the government would back out of many people’s business, and allow our economy to be all that it can be, this would more than allow EVERYONE to the right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation

“The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living”

With every success, there is a risk. This risk is what every farmer is willing to take. That is the way it has been since the beginning of time. Subsidizing them at the taxpayers’ expense is not a practice that should be implemented. The private sector is more than capable of taking on this task, for a share of the profit. The way it should be.

“The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad”

I agree, so let’s reduce that tax burden place upon them. We must enforce laws to prohibit deception and fraud. Starting with the White House I might add. We are capable of everything you stated, without a stronghold by our government.

“The right of every family to a decent home”

Define decent? Home is what you make it. Again, with a robust economy, it allows everyone that right to make a home where ever they chose.

“The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health”

Who doesn’t want that? We all do. The current solution is proving NOT to be a good path.

“The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment”

Yep! Again, go back and read my solutions

“The right to a good education”

Again, history dictates that before our federal government stepped in, we had a tremendous educational system.

“All of these rights spell security"

mahilena 3 years ago

Yeah? except that when Roosevelt said these things is because your ideas did not work he took us out of the Depression that was caused precisely because of your thinking...again, libertarian/conservative utopia

If you look back at the history before FDR, the guilded age of conservatism that led to the corruption of profit and the failure of unregulated markets as well as the enslavement of the workforce

The idea that capitalism by itself is the solution to all problems is been proved to be ridiculous

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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

and government solutions is generally the cause of all problems.

I too, do not think that capitalism, alone, is a good thing, but it has GOT to be the driving force.

I think that liberalism is why it took so long to come out of the last depression and is the reason as to why we are STILL not in an economic recovery today.

mahilena, I enjoy your passion.

mahilena 3 years ago

well I guess we agree to disagree...fact is that the last depression meaning the 2008 one was caused by the deregulation or the mortgage market...and because of the naïve trust that the markets would fix everything..as far as the depression of the 1920's...it is liberalism that took us out of that depression..the depression was over with the New Deal

I agree that government should not be the solution to all problems but each the public sector and private sector have things which each are better at in their own domain..

But the most important thing to me at least is how to take care of those who are down, vulnerable due to no fault of their own...those who have no income, no family, no charities to beg to and are homeless, hungry and sick..this is when Government is the only solution...yet capitalism can be the driving force for lets call it the "normal", those who can play in it and the "normal operations" of the market

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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

I will agree that government CAN play a role in providing "aid" to the 'down-and-out'. But the bulk of that role SHOULD, with out a doubt be on the burden of the private sector. Such as the Church, the Charitable Organization and most importantly....the neighbor.

It is of MY personal opinion, that governments overbearence of this role has allowed those "other" organization I suggested, to NOT fulfill their obligation to those who need help.

I am a Christian, but I am ashamed of how SO many of Churches today, have ignored this problem and have built Country Club styled churches, with Million dollar audio/video systems, fitness centers and coffee shops.

mahilena 3 years ago

Problem is that charities and private outfits do not have the resources and stability to take care of those "down and out"....very little a charitable organization can do to help someone with cancer, or catastrophic care....

Anyways, perhaps christian churches should get more involved but regardless their potential for help is limited, you need a Monetarily

Sovereign Federal power to be able to take care of these....while State governments are limited in their budgets, the Federal Gov is not....Federal Government can run deficits for years without a problem as history has shown, since we went off the Gold Standard thanks to Nixon, our ability to subsidize the needy is limitless...

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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

mahilena, WOW! We sure do 100% disagree on this issue.

Sooner or later the bubble ALWAYS bursts. We CANNOT continue down this path of federal spending. IT WILL, indeed catch up. The problem now is INFLATION is creeping among us. IT will sooner or later explode and we will have a much larger POOR class than we have ever seen.

We MUST regain some common sense. We cannot run a household as our government is ran. Why should we think it is different?

Mahilena 3 years ago

It is different because a household cannot create its own money the Federal Government can...and the creation of Fiat money does not by itself produce inflation. What causes inflation is when you need money to buy commodities like Zimbawe or other non-monetarily sovereign countries..in today's world, in the USA it is a matter of debiting and crediting electronic accunts without increasing the supply of cash, there is no limitation Monetarily speaking as to how much money can be created, yes inflation is one parameter but so far there are no signs of it occurring, and if it does there are ways to control it one of which is taxation. Taxation only serves to 1) distribute wealth 2) control aggregate demand....Federal Government does not even need taxes to match its spending, it can create money by spending without having to collect it back, it does not need to collect its own money back....orthodox economics based on commodity based money the situation is different but it is not what we have which is a great thing.

Government can comfortably run at revenues less than spending there is no need to balance the Federal Budget except cultural or political but not economical reasons per se

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