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From Obama’s Inauguration

AEI

…We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great. [emphasis added]

With these words, the president 1) made it clear he is aware many Americans are troubled by the seemingly relentless expansion of government entitlement benefits and its impact on our way of life, and) 2 also made it clear that he totally dismisses their concerns.

Obama’s declaration is astonishing and bold–and not in a good way. This is an extremely peculiar (and, indeed, a peculiarly extreme) formulation—and posture—for a President of all the people to adopt.

Consider the following basic facts this assertion ignores:

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– According to the most recent HHS figures, over 12 million working age Americans are cashing government disability benefits: A larger total than those cashing paychecks from the entire US manufacturing sector;

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  1. Ty Coon

    January 22nd, 2013

    There is some of those folks in my neighborhood that have been getting strengthened for 5,10,and 20 years now.Meanwhile I had to take another job this past summer to keep us afloat.Sorry Mr. Obama,I’m too busy to be dismissed.

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  2. mickey_moussaoui

    January 22nd, 2013

    obama’s excessive government growth is exactly what’s killing the economy and hurting the average American

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  3. mkultra

    January 22nd, 2013

    He won’t stop until the continents of Africa and South America are all collecting welfare from the US.

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  4. Kevin R.

    January 22nd, 2013

    “…We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. ”

    This isn’t a good argument for Statism and the government destroying free society, it simply means we need a good free market in various types of insurance.

    Obama can go to hell.

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  5. Chieftain

    January 22nd, 2013

    “The time to guard against corruption and tyranny is before they shall gave gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.”

    Thomas Jefferson
    Notes on the State of Virginia

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  6. MrBlonde

    January 23rd, 2013

    “The word “We” is as lime poured over men, which sets and hardens to stone, and crushes all beneath it, and that which is white and that which is black are lost equally in the grey of it. It is the word by which the depraved steal the virtue of the good, by which the weak steal the might of the strong, by which the fools steal the wisdom of the sages.

    What is my joy if all hands, even the unclean, can reach into it? What is my wisdom, if even the fools can dictate to me? What is my freedom, if all creatures, even the botched and impotent, are my masters? What is my life, if I am but to bow, to agree and to obey?

    But I am done with this creed of corruption.

    I am done with the monster of “We,” the word of serfdom, of plunder, of misery, falsehood and shame.”
    — Ayn Rand

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