With over 90-million Americans, including retirees, no longer in the workforce, in just the last 5-years, $3.7-trillion has been spent on cumulative welfare, as we're now sacrificing our military strength to feed social dependence. Apart from the excluded, duly-earned Social Security and Medicare benefits, life-style-by-government-redistribution is totally out of control and cannot be financially, let alone morally, sustained.
Though unacceptable to the left, realistic solutions exist, re-harnessing the proven-power of free enterprise. First: Get the Federal Government out of the way. Knock off the purely-political, over-zealous regulation that paralyzes growth, like the EPA, currently under-mining, literally, traditional energy generation. Related: initiate an era of rational, regulatory-consistency, providing predictability. Then: reduce corporate and individual taxes, allowing the private sector to expand facilities and employment. All setting the stage for a true reduction in government dependence. As the private sector rejuvenates, and with worker re-training monies available, the personal-responsibility clock re-starts, with physically and mentally-able recipients, including those with faux-disabilities, all required to learn skills, seek and acquire jobs, weaning-off the full government dole, on a tailored- schedule. Producing workforce growth, tax-collection increases, reduced welfare cost, and a far more fiscally and socially-sound nation. Now, if only leftist politicians could see the merits in that scenario, rather than fawning over socialism's robotic-entrapment, the demise of the private sector, and the rise of class-warfare, all on a path to fiscal-insolvency. Marxist dreams do, indeed, remain the nightmares of a democratic republic.