Weber, who is president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, said the government has an obligation to help the needy and the elderly, “to provide a safety net for them. But it should not be fostering cradle-to-grave dependency.”
He pointed out that half a century ago when President Lyndon Johnson waged his war on poverty in the mid-1960’s less than half a million Americans were receiving food stamps and notes that today some 47 million people are receiving food stamps.
“The country is supposed to be recovering from recession and yet record numbers of people are receiving handouts, not just food stamps but cell phones and smart phones paid for with tax dollars.”
He said that some accuse political liberals of deliberately creating a legacy of dependency that perpetuates their ideological policies and ensures reelection. “And now they seem to pinning their hopes on focusing on what they call ‘income inequality’ as their key issue for the November midterm elections. It smacks of class warfare rather than a war on poverty.”
The real issue, Weber said, is that people “want and need an equal chance to get a job and use their God-given talents to succeed on their own. They know that in a country where you take from the haves and give to the have-nots, there are no winners and where there are no winners there are only losers.”
The Soviet Union had 70 years to prove that socialism trumps capitalism, but they only proved the folly of pandering to socialist pipe dreams, he added.
“And if you want further proof take a look at how well Cuba is doing under communism and how China was forced to adopt capitalist principles to avoid starving themselves into oblivion. Meanwhile, chronic unemployment and a sluggish recovery in the U.S. has been the direct result of the progressive policies implemented over the past five years.”
It’s the year of living dangerously for liberal lawmakers, Weber declared. “They had a choice between providing jobs or offering handouts and five years later we have the debacle that is Obamacare and seemingly endless extensions of unemployment payments. Yet they still don’t get it—economic fairness exists only when you give everyone the same chance to climb the ladder of success by creating real jobs.”
AMAC has scheduled a news conference on January 16th at the National Press Club in Washington DC, to discuss this important issue. Business counselor and Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton, who is also an AMAC advisor, will be there to focus attention on the role small businesses play in creating new jobs. Tarkenton and Dan Weber will also highlight the association’
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