The western world have become welfare states over the last fourty years with more and more and bigger and bigger social programs that are unsustainable. The citizenry have become dependent on those programs to take of their every need. Now, governments are in trouble. Debt and deficits are spiraling out of control and economies are on the brink. The standard of living is on the brink.
Yes even in Canada too. We too have programs that are unsustainable such as universal healthcare, and government pensions. Even though spending has ramped up in recent years the government now wants to make spending cuts instead of stimulus to promote economic growth This is long overdue but of course the NDP is going to fight the government every step of the way.
Lorne Gunter says that government is the real cause of our problems.
What do Obamacare, the London riots and a possible French debt crisis have in common? They are all proof that Western governments have grown beyond all reasonable, sensible limits. All these examples, and many more, demonstrate that we have grown utterly dependent on a ubiquitous state. Without one, we are at a loss about what to do.Bingo! It's true we don't know how to be self-reliant anymore. Like former President Ronald Reagan said at his inaugural address in 1981, "Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem."
We have lost the ability to fend for ourselves and think for ourselves. Like teenagers accustomed to electronic stimulation to occupy their minds every waking minute, we have no idea what to do when the power goes out. We are dumbfounded that the TV does not come on to amuse us, or the Xbox or iPod or smartphone.
In short, we no longer know how to be self-reliant.
Yes, government IS the problem!!!
If our standard of living is to be retained or improved, governments everywhere at all levels need to reduce their size and get out of our everyday lives. As individuals it's time we take responsibility. Self-reliance is the key. We need to learn how to do for ourselves and become less dependent on government. Government should NOT be taking care of us from cradle to grave.