Every human on this planet has the same basic needs food, clothing and shelter. Food including water gives life. Clothing gives protection from the environment. Shelter gives safety and security. These three things are all that is needed, everything past these are comforts.
This post is not about the World, it is about America and Americans. It has been proven time and time again that you can not help others, until you first help yourself. It has also been proven that it is foolish to help those that will not help themselves. It has also been proven that attempting to help those who will not help themselves can destroy the one attempting to help others. It has also been proven that the wrong kind of help causes more harm than good.
Times have changed as has the perception of what is a necessity. If an 85 inch flat screen is a necessity, remove one, any one of the three and put the flat screen in its place and try to live. The same can be said of anything, because nothing can replace the basic three. If food is given up starvation is the result. If clothing is given up you have no protection from the environment(elements). If shelter is given up you have no safety or security.
Times may have changed the perception, but no amount of time can change the reality.
Each and every American that is of sound body and mind should be responsible enough to provide themselves and their families with the basic necessities of life. Sadly, this is not the case. Many in America have turned to the government to provide their basic necessities. Some in America have even demanded luxuries from the government and received them through government social welfare programs. Bad behavior, bad decisions and bad choices and in some cases down-right laziness have led to countless government assistance programs.
Government despises competition wants none, not in any area. There was a time before progressive liberalism when a person fell on hard times the communities, neighbors, the churches and even downright big-hearted people offered those in need a hand-up. Government through progressive liberalism does not offer a hand-up, it instead gives hand-outs. There are still places and organizations that offer a hand-up, but their activities are severely limited by government. As I said government despises competition and is completely in charge of hand-outs. It is a complete shame that those offering a hand-up need government approval. The difference between a hand-up and a hand-out is this. A hand-up is given freely and is done to help one get back on ones own feet. A hand-out is given because it was taken from another, and is given with no expectation of one getting back on ones own feet. Hand-outs only serve to keep one down, to insure this some hand-outs are more than the person could do for themselves, removing the incentive to even get up on ones own feet.
The government despises competition on its part, but has provided competition to those receiving hand-outs. The competition for hand-outs has come most recently in the form of forgiving student loans, and the 5.1 million illegal immigrants who have received executive amnesty, which is not 5.1 million but more likely at least 12 million. The hand-out checks will need to be cut to provide for the new members of the hand-out rank and file. No, this will not happen, leaving one of three options 1. Take more from those who provide for themselves. 2. Cut money from a needed portion of government, like deeper military cuts. 3. Do both, this the most likely.
Government has nothing, produces nothing and makes nothing, but a mess of everything it sticks it long prying nose into. Government only has what it has because it takes from the responsible. Government sees itself as the modern day Robin Hood, taking from the rich to give to the poor. The story was never finished, if the story was finished the truth would have been revealed. The conclusion of that story would have been this, there is only so much to take. The only equality that will ever be achieved will be equality in poverty. The war on poverty that began so long ago has only increased the numbers in poverty. There are now more people of sound mind and body receiving government assistance than at any time in history. Less and less citizens are capable of providing the basic necessities than ever before, at least the government tells them they are, and the government is more than willing to step up and help with a hand-out, never a hand-up.
Accept a hand-up when needed, reject hand-outs. Provide the basics for yourself, when you have the basics covered you can help others with a hand-up. The people are the solution the government is not. Get your life back, stand on your own feet.