As I am sure you’re al aware there is a lot of whinging about the so called “welfare state”.
Which personally- I think is very overblown. Are there some valid points? yes indeed. Are there some valid underlying issues- you betcha.
But having come of age during the Reagan/Bush era, and having travelled extensiveley having lived in or spent months in every state, what I have seen has been the credit state.
I have lived my life with never more then 1 credit card- pretty much solely for renting cars/equipment related to work. And never carrying the debt beyond a month or so. I once had a 3 yr car loan- never again. I live within my means- good times or bad…and there’s been plenty of bad. The *only* real debt I will go into is for property- which in this day and age is pretty much a requirement if one wants to own.
And yet I look around and virtually everyone I know has tens, if not hundreds of thosands in debt. Student loans, massive credit card debt, car payments,….
The sense of “entitlement” does not seem to be that of an evil socialist government- but of a capitalist society gone awry. A people that think they deserve a big house, a new car, a 56″ flat screen tv with 800 channels, a vacation every other month.
It stuns me. As an employer, an one who pays well above industry averages with extensive benefits… I can’t find americans who are actually willing, and able, to do the job. Most last a week, maybe two. *gasp* you actually expect me to work? *gasp* I need skills?
The american dream has become the american nightmare. Gen X, Gen 0. we have raised a generation that expects all their needs…scratch that…their wants..to be met simply because they are americans.
And this has been enabled not by a socialist welfare state- but by a capitalist state- one that extends credit and loans- and pays just enough to keep you thinking you can get ahead as you fall further, and further behind…