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Have We Become a Bunch of Moochers?

September 10th, 2012

The famous (or infamous, depending on your personal views) “99%” movement says one of its main issues is economic inequality — specifically, that there’s a huge, unfair gap between the rich and poor in America.

But isn’t that really just a fancy way of saying that these protesters want to mooch off the rich?

So many of the political protests we see are about people wanting free stuff.  You see people protesting that banks should stop foreclosing on homes or that lenders should forgive student loan debts.  Some people want to take it a step further and say that public colleges should be free for anyone who wants to attend them.  Even recent changes to welfare laws give exemptions to people in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) — meaning that they don’t necessarily have to work in order to receive their benefits.

So, does that mean we’ve become a society of moochers?

Make no mistake, people receiving government handouts come in every shape and size, from both sides of the political aisle.  While Republican leaders are firmly against having the federal government pay for anything and everything (Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney even went so far as to say that all of our government programs “foster passivity and sloth”), many of their supporters are among the millions of Americans getting billions of dollars in federal aid.

But doesn’t this go against everything America stands for?  Aren’t we the country that was formed to get away from a big, overreaching government?  Doesn’t the American Dream mean building something of your own and prospering from it?

Or are we seeing a new American Dream in the works — one where everything is handed to you by someone else?


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