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  •  Simply put... (1+ / 0-)
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    niemann
    Do they not realize what The Government IS?  

    No, they don't.

    Where did this "welfare" and "sponging" idea ... (28+ / 0-)

    ... come from in the first place?

    It started back in the 30s when SS came into being and was kept alive by men like Ronald Reagan who spoke out of both sides of their mouths when discussing SS.

    Ronald Reagan Oct. 27, 1964:

    Now, we're for a provision that destitution should not follow unemployment by reason of old age. And to that end, we have accepted Social Security as a step toward meeting the problem. But we're against those entrusted with this program when they practice deception regarding its fiscal shortcomings. When they charge that any criticism of the program means that we want to end payments to those people who depend on them for a livelihood.

    They've called it insurance to us in a hundred million pieces of literature. But then they appeared before the Supreme Court, and they testified it was a Welfare Program. They only use the term insurance to sell it to the people. And they said social security dues are a tax for the general use of the government, and the government has used that tax, there is no fund, because Robert Buyers, the actuarial head appeared before a Congressional Committee and admitted that Social Security as of this moment is $298 billion dollars in the hole. But he said there should be no cause for worry, because as long as they had the power to tax they could always take away from the people whatever they needed to bail them out of trouble. And they're doing just that.

    A young man 21 years of age, working at an average salary, his social security contribution would in the open market buy him an insurance policy that would guarantee him $220 a month at age 65. The government promises $127. He could live it up until he's 31 and then take out a policy that would pay more than Social Security.

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Gandhi

    by AuroraDawn on Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 03:04:21 AM PDT

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    •  And when did "welfare" become a negative word? (3+ / 0-)
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      AuroraDawn, opinionated, Naniboujou
      Ronald Reagan Oct. 27, 1964: [...] But then they appeared before the Supreme Court, and they testified it was a Welfare Program.

      Leave it to conservatives to take a word that is entirely positive in its connotation -- a word that embodies kindness, caring, compassion, empathy -- and turn it into a negative.

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