Food stamps enrollment, not to mention dependence on government in general, has been driven to record highs under President Obama. According to victim pimp Jesse Jackson, that’s something to be proud of.
“Say, it’s an honor to be a food stamp president. Food stamps feed the hungry. Food stamps save the children. Food stamps help the farmer. Food stamps help the truck driver. Food stamps help the warehouse. Food stamps help the store. Food stamps hire people and feed people. Food stamps save people from starvation and malnutrition,” says Jackson. “Whenever you attack feeding the hungry, you undermine the moral authority of our faith. Give President Barack Obama a big hand. Show your love. Show your appreciation.”
I’m not sure there is any more fundamental measure of the health of a nation, and the success or failure of government policy, than dependence on the government. Perhaps people like Jackson, who make a living out of catering to a sense of perpetual victimhood, see government dependence as a positive. But in the real world, government dependence should (and mostly is) seen as a negative.
If the goal is a nation of prosperous, independent, self-sufficient citizens then how can anyone be proud of record levels of dependence on food stamps, or government in general?
It’s not that Obama’s critics oppose charity, it’s that they don’t think making people dependent on the government is helping them.