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The Dependency Issue - Solutions

Updated on February 15, 2012

Group Think Time

Previously I wrote a Hub on the issue of people becoming more dependent on various government assistance and at the bottom gave a heads up that I would propose some solutions so this Hub is born. The way I'd like to approach this is using "group think" and maybe have some of your ideas thrown on the Hub table so they can have sex with my ideas. There is always a better idea to be born. The issue here is to solve a problem that has been festering and growing by leaps and bounds which is destructive first to the human spirit and then to our nation. If you don't believe that then all one has to do is look to Greece and other European nations where it became common practice for nations to become the people's Nanny. I'd suggest that if you didn't read the first article I wrote before answering here that you take a read at the link below then come back.

Our federal government, and that's all of them not just one party, is fostering and encouraging this dependence. Part of that is centered on control because when you have control of a person's pocket book that is a powerful tool. I prefer to control my own and this is where solving the problem begins - with you. Me too and everyone in this nation who has let this happen to our society.

I don't know anyone who hasn't hit a hard time but to make a hard time perpetual does no good to either society or the individual needing a temporary hand up. What we've been encouraging is the attitude that if you can't do it yourself then the government will do it for you. Why you think you can't do it yourself is a subject for a different article altogether. This has been building steam historically for the past 50 years. I'm an old school type of guy myself having grown up primarily in the 60's when if a family or person came upon hard times there were institutions such as the extended family unit itself, churches and local charities which stepped in to lend that helping hand to those who needed it. It was usually only on a temporary basis. Then along came the creation of "The Great Society" and we've been sliding toward dependency oblivion ever since.

The Scope Of The Problem

This will be a tough nut to crack. But it begins with us and the people we send to Washington DC who actually have the intestinal fortitude to do what has to be done. The current crop of wing nuts up there have been sitting there for decades and are the very ones who continue to want the people to be dependent upon them. That is about garnering votes and their desire to be reelected, but that is coming at our expense. So the first solution is at the ballot box by an informed citizenry and not by people who want to perpetuate what we cannot sustain.

Reweaving the fabric of a civil society can be done but it involves pain after the damage has been done. Just ask the people in Greece right now. The center of the reweaving activity begins in our schools which seem to have been neglected by many parents themselves who see the school system as their baby sitter now. If the video below is any indication of the attitude that parents are bestowing upon their children then one needs to give pause and some serious thought about just what I speak of here. Notice that the woman's children are present as she speaks.

Really Peggy?

"If I help him he's gonna help me?" She's talking about a friggin' politician so she may be right. What has become of helping yourself? In solving a problem you have to first admit there is a problem. How are you going to help anyone by making them dependent on the government? The example I like to cite is the creation of a vicious cycle of breeding generations of welfare recipients who have no interest what-so-ever of becoming productive members of society. They walk among us and to deny that is to deny reality. I suggest that we place a time limit on both the "time" and the "number of babies" we allow to be claimed to obtain freebies.

"Workfare" is a dirty word in Washington DC. There are people who are perfectly physically capable of working who do not ever wish to work. I've seen and talked to some. It is beneath them to pick up trash along the side of the road ways and highways? It is beneath them to have to go to work at local charities, hospitals and other organizations as volunteers in order to continue to receive public assistance? We're just going to let them to continue to sit around and do nothing? If we want to allow that lets just set them up a chair in the US Senate. There is nothing inherently wrong with making a person work for what they get. It's called building a work ethic. This goes back to "reweaving" a civil society.

Being Required To Work Is A Crime?

Entitlement reform is needed and seems to be given at most lip service. This seems to be very unpopular with our present band of pick pockets. It's a known fact that on the present course both Social Security and Medicare, as designed to work today, are going to go belly up. I just identified a problem. It exists and there is no denying it. The younger people today should not be required to continue to participate in this Ponzi Scheme and that is exactly what it is. The shift needs to be to private, individually owned retirement accounts. There are some proposals being made that will pass through one house of Congress and get stopped dead in their tracks upon reaching Harry Reid's desk. He's another problem but I won't go into that here.

Real health insurance reform is needed and not some smoke and mirrors government owned system which is what, and where, the passage of Obamacare was intended to do. Again one of a person's freedoms is being snatched away. Individual ownership of health insurance policies needs encouragement, not discouragement. Yes, there will continue to be a need to continue to assist the poor in this area but not near the dependency level that we now see which will get worse upon the full implementation of Obamacare. I'll be a lot happier in retirement than I'll ever be with less dependency on the government.

It's Coming If We Don't Do Something About It

Another problem is our tax code. Senator Jim DeMint recently said that we need a system where all "voters" are allowed to see and feel the cost of maintaining the government we presently support. When 50% of the American work force isn't paying a penny in income tax and still using all the available services they feel no pain. The present tax code enables low-income workers. Some say it helps them, but it creates a disconnect in their thinking about the word "responsibility." The politicians like to spend, we're seeing it. So lets spend, if we have to, on removing the barriers of the poor and not create more to enslave them to the system. What we have done is to foster dependency, not individual responsibility, where they have no idea about how much our government is draining away from society through the sheer cost of trying to maintain the unsustainable.

It's hopefully not too late to turn the tide of dependency. It's slowly but surely been allowed to creep into our society. It is a threat to our nation and shouldn't and won't be solved by ignoring it and pretending it isn't a problem. We need to start thinking outside the box and stop doing the old "the Republicans" this and "the Democrats" that dance. That creates division and has nothing to do with the creation of new ideas to solve a serious problem. Making people dependent, and allowing them to stay there, results in the loss of freedom for both themselves and those who are not dependent on having a Nanny. I prefer to live "freely" and dedicated 23 years of my life to preserving our freedoms so I believe I earned the right to speak my peace.

If you haven't ever seen the piece I wrote on ideas and sex with ideas, may I suggest you also take a read at the link below. So what are you idea on this subject having read what you just read?

You have a blessed day now and do some serious soul searching when you must.

As Always,

The Frog Prince


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      Ghost32 6 years ago

      Frog: I've done very well at keeping myself from the slave collar...but not so well at teaching the next generations to do likewise. Decades ago, I used to state (truthfully) that although I'd quit one helluva lot of jobs, I'd never been fired, never been laid off, and therefore also had never received unemployment benefits--which I most certainly did not want, anyway.

      Since that time, I did get laid off once (Halliburton, during the great oilpatch slump in 1982)...but even so, managed not to take unemployment. Ignored that, wore out a pair of boots hitting the street for 14 days, went to work on the workover rigs through the Montana winter.

      But the younger set (kids, grandkids, stepkids, inlaws, outlaws)? Not so good. The Food Stamp President has nailed more than a few of them.

      I've come to believe that we not only need to Remember in November, but that after the elections, we need to very much stay in the game permanently. Trottle back from this hammer-down intensity, yes; nobody can maintain that pace endlessly without going down in flames. But drop back only to, say, half throttle or so...and keep on keeping on.

      I've come to believe we'll need at minimum a full 32 years of true conservative control in D.C.--meaning the White House AND both legislative houses--to restore this nation to a level that can be sustained by those who follow us. That would put me at age 100, and Jim, I can do that.

      For starters.

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      The Welfare state has created it's own form of economic slavery. As with any such form people living in it too long become conditioned. In America it's become generational. I think everyone should contribute in some way. Contribution to society also breeds ownership in it and that breeds participation, caring and a vested interest.

      I could not agree more that schools are seen by too many as baby sitting institutions. It's getting worse. The current trend is towards year round schools and clamoring for them to be open from 5:00am to 6:00pm. It's crazy especially for the younger ones. So many children see their teachers more than their parents. Now, I realize parents have to work to feed them but it's hurting American families more than it's helping. People are saying to extend the day and year would bring our education system back to the best in the world. It will not. It's not about time, it's about effort, accountability for all involved parties including teachers, administrators, parents and yes, most importantly, the student's themselves. So many of them think they should never have to study, never have to work hard and that we can magically open their heads and poor in knowledge. Worse, many of them actively engage in trying not to learn what is taught because it is not valued by the sub culture they feel more a part of than the mainstream. Sir Frog, you have made some stellar points in this hub and I thank you for speaking what is rather than what is popular.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      tammy - I have friends who are liberals but have a head on their shoulders. I was a liberal once upon a time until I grew up and had to take responsibility for myself and my family. There is nothing wrong with being a fiscal conservative. There are conservative Democrats out there who don't believe in big government. That's the key - get as much government out of our lives as possible and let the people do for themselves and each other. There is no free lunch Tammy, someone is paying for it.

      The Finance Hub - Thanks for the Kudos. I try to write with reason and facts.

      The Frog

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      Tammy Barnette 6 years ago

      Frog Prince, First let me say very good hub, very well researched and beautifully written. Ok, so, as you know I am liberal and therefore I do believe we should help our citizens who can not help themselves. I believe entitlement programs are important stepping stones for those who can and safety nets for those who can not. I mostly worry for children and the elderly when Washington starts talking about cuts. You are 100% right that these programs help to keep the poor under control. I have always believed there should be time limits and strict regulations such as drug testing in order to receive wel-fare benefits, and I LOVE your idea of volunteering in order to foster a good work ethic. The system is broken and needs some common sense ideas such as these in order to wake up the Americans who for whatever reason would rather have nothing and do nothing,that's fine and dandy but they need no longer drain the system and steal benefits from those who just need a leg up or for those who can't such as children and the elderly. Medical care is ridiculously expensive. My mother in laws husband had always carried her on his insurance; she is a hair dresser who works from home. His company dropped the coverage for spouses, she would have to pay $800 a month out of pocket for the same coverage, needless to say, she can't afford that. My grandmother passed away this past November, she retired from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. She used to drive out to California to pick up the space shuttle.(She's my hero)She had really good insurance for awhile until it reached its life limit. Her medications ,inwhich she had no insurance coverage for, almost bankrupted them before she passed. So I am all for some government fostered health care program. I believe its possible that such a program could keep the free market companies in check. Competition is the name of the game. I fully believe that we can all work together. I don't believe its all or nothing, its liberal or conservative, I believe it takes all of us and our wonderful eclectic personalities to engineer the path into the future.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      OP - Your last question is your answer.


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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      FP - I'm not saying I would cut the Military, especially now. I'm saying that is what is happening. Rather than cutting entitlements, they are threatening to cut the Military. This is akin to cities threatening to cut Police and Fire protection if the voters won't approve their proposed tax increases. Are we the only one's who see what is going on? Or are those on the receiving end just ignoring everything else as long as their freebies keep coming?

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      jim - I believe that we need to impart our knowledge to the next generations as they take our place. But they need to listen and listen carefully.


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      TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.


      Good job putting this together. I've always said that if you want to control a group of people, just give them what they need to get by. If you don't give them anything, they will revolt. Give them too much, and they won't need you. I see two things happening, and they're working together. Entitlements, going up and education going down. United States ranks 17th in education and is dropping. When I was going to school we were number one, and a half a lap ahead of number two. I don't like talking about that when I was a kid stuff, but crap, right is right and wrong is wrong. Good is good and bad is bad.

      Great job!


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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      The entitlement mentality and government dependency mindset are the crucial foundations of socialism. That is where we are headed if the voters do not awake before November.

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      Stu 6 years ago

      The dependency model not only garners votes from the "beneficiaries," but it keeps the masses docile (people who live off government money, but do not receive enough to feel powerful, remain frightened of the government). At root, the dependency model is an enabler of creeping dictatorship (it costs so much to operate it that massive government operations displace private economic activity, making government workers tinpot dictators). This is why establishment politicians of both parties love it. You eliminate the midddle class, the ones most likely to complain, by overtaxing them and imposing policies that discourage creation of well paying jobs (dictators must always eliminate the "intelligentsia," as they are the ones who can and will lead the useful idiots into revolt once the latter realized they've been duped). Sometimes the intelligentsia are simply shot, other times they are merely added to the ranks of the poor, and over time become too frightened to lead the revolt against the "bait-and-switch" (dictatorship instead of the promised utopia). It is exactly for the reasons stated above that our Founders wanted our system of law to be state-centric, with a small list of powers and services inuring to the central government. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution limits government power to collecting taxes, paying federal debt, operating the military, borrowing money, regulating international commerce, preventing restraint of trade by the states, establishing immigration law, establishing bankruptcy law, managing the money supply, establishing punishments for counterfeiting US money, operating the Postal system, promulgating patent laws, and promulgating maritime law. These are services the states and the people cannot effectively provide for themselves. But the federal government has over 500 agencies regulating energy, education, firearms, commerce, health, food, drugs, agriculture, communications, the environment, product safety, antitrust, transportation, consumer financial protection, labor, endangered species, mining, housing, disability law, federal transfer systems, and much more. These are all powers stolen from the states and the people. The Founders intended both the states and the people to be sovereign, with the exception that states may not secede (i.e., the federal government has a legal right to exist, and a duty to exercise its constitutionally enumerated powers). Sovereignty in this sense means independence, freedom of determination by the states and the people, subject to a very limited set of exceptions (federal enumerated powers). Sadly, the sovereign states have been turned into little more than federal "administrative zones," and the people no longer have due process protection in matters involving the federal government (the Patriot Act and the 2012 NDAA detention provisions). Yes, we have our flag, our inspiring national anthem and songs about freedom, and the legal veneer of freedom. But in truth, the federal government has merely allowed the symbols to remain as "lipstick on the pig;" the substance of galloping progressivsm has led us into the abyss of substantive socialist dictatorship. People don't realize how far we've sunk. Obama was actually more successful in furthering his agenda during the 112th Congress than the previous session, even though he now only controls one house of Congress. This is simply due to the fact that he is now using the regulatory apparatus to impose "Executive motive" rather than framer intent. Without any formal action, he has implemented a substantive Enabling Act, just like the one Hitler did, except in this case without a document. The document doesn't matter; the policy is what's important. With Congress being pushed further and further out of the loop, and Obama hand picking judges as vacancies open up, we keep edging closer and closer to totalitarianism. It all "looks" very dispersed, as the regulatory apparatus is made up of many people. But the point is: Obama picks them too. It's dictatorship in very poor disguise.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      OP - About the military. If anyone is that devious to undermine the military strength of this nation and endanger our national security that is unthinkable.

      The Frog

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      FP - What is really sad is the huge numbers of citizens who have fallen for this trap. And rather than admit they have been "had," they will encourage everyone they know to climb on the entitlement train. Misery loves company.

      Now that I own this many people, I will do everything in my power to keep them there. The last thing I would want would be a robust economy with plentiful employment opportunities. I will even cut the numbers of people in the Military to take this opportunity off the table. Yes, I could create some real jobs, but I don't want to. I have successfully divided the country with more and more citizens giving up and climbing on my entitlement train every day. Soon, I will own them all and they will worship me.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Well done Frog Prince and totally true. I can only conclude that no one is really interested in solving our problems because, quite simply, if they were, our problems would be solved. Big government translates to big problems. Up, interesting, useful and awesome and of course, shared.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      OP - I fully understand what they are doing and how they have achieved it. It becomes a physological mindset as powerful as brain washing someone. Those with weak minds and spirits are especially susceptible to brain washing. That's why when I hear the old partisan political rants I shake my head. And just who do they created these problems in the first place?

      I will choose freedom myself.

      The Frog

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      FP - A simple truth is if you are 100% dependent on me, I own you. I control everything you do, and a lot of what you think. Once I have you in this position, you will support me even if you hate me. You do this because I now have you exactly where I want you. Politicians have worked hard for generations to put as many citizens as possible into this position, and they have been successful. Now that you are in this position, you can't find a way back out. I provide you a better living to include free health care than you could provide yourself in today's job market. I have you convinced that if you don't keep me in my position of power that all of this will go away and you and your entire family will starve to death. I own you.


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