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Vernon Burns: The drowning man of the welfare state

Will the odorous corpse of the welfare state be kept on life support even as it destroys the charter of our people and the future of our children? 

This is the most significant question to ever face our state, our nation, and our society. Now is the time, NO!!, now is decades past the time, for everyone to face the hard facts that socialism will not and can not work. Without question we are now reaping the bitter fruits of The New Deal, The Great Society, and every other great sounding (well meaning?) vote buying welfare program used to keep the elite political class in power.

These stark facts were driven home, one more time, by Alabama’s health officer Dr. Donald Williamson, in an article that appeared in this publication on Wednesday May 2, 2012, titled “Governor Bentley Demands That Legislature Raid Education Reserve Fund To Fund Alabama Medicaid.” Dr. Williamson said that medicaid pays the delivery cost of 51% of the babies that are born in Alabama, . That 42% of Alabama children are insured by Medicaid and two-thirds of the nursing home bills in Alabama are paid by Medicaid. 

Before we discuss the three revelations, by Dr Williamson, we need to more closely examine what Medicaid truly is. The book definition for Medicaid is a means-tested state/federal program that provides health care to low-income and disabled individuals. Each state administers its own program, inside federally imposed guidelines, and decides how much to spend. Sounds good and compassionate right?

With the federal government providing up to 75% of Medicaid funding in poorer states and a minimum of 50% to even the most wealthy states the incentive has always been to grow the program, to expand eligibility and include the middle class as much as possible. In a poor state, such as ours, getting up to three dollars from the federal government for each dollar our state taxes provide is a politicians dream for expanding his voter base. 

All coins have two sides, both are not heads, the opposite side of this socialist contrivance reads as follows: 

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The Upside is to spend one dollar in state taxes and get three dollars from federal tax and/or borrowed monies.

The Downside is to cut spending one dollar and lose three dollars in federal subsidies, which is a total cut to the welfare voting base of four dollars. Results: While politicians enjoy multiplying their appearance of generosity with other peoples money, it is far beyond their self interest to ever, tell the truth, and cut spending. Now multiply that four dollars that must be cut by the thousands of millions that are being spent, in our state, and across the United States, and we have a nation destroying monster. 

This addiction was added to the other sugar coated entitlement pills the American people are hooked on when then President Lyndon Johnson outlined the program in 1964, as part of his “Great Society” and his “War on Poverty.” 

Unlike the other two giants in the narcotic entitlement brew, Medicaid does not even have the fig leaf cover of the small contributions (in comparison to the life time payout) that average people make to their Social Security and Medicare entitlements. Medicaid is pure welfare. As it has forced out private insurance, Medicaid has grown to be the largest, non education item in all state budgets. Thank you progressive socialists, thank you President Johnson. 

Medicaid is so interwoven into our society it is impossible to determine its real impact. The thousands of millions of dollars that flow from federal and state government weaken the individuals and families, that receive this encouragement to avoid personal responsibility in a direct way. But this cancer has not stopped there. 

Those entitlement monies, after robbing individuals and families of a sense of purpose and self worth move out into the general economy. There they distort the entire system, by pumping money into the economy that was not earned by productive work. Following this and all other entitlement monies through the system you will find we have a huge and growing percentage of our population directly or indirectly working for, or just supported by government. We have a distorted economic system now operating mostly on borrowed or just printed money. 

Now we can address the three startling revelations in our states health officers statements about Medicaid.

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The first, per Dr. Williamson, for 51% of the babies born in Alabama the hospital and delivery cost is paid by Medicaid (Welfare). This is unbelievable!! Stop and think a moment. Over half the babies born in this state are born on Welfare. What a future. I didn’t know that pregnancy was an air-borne communicable disease. What causes this strange condition? Take some responsibility. Do not bring a life into this world that you can not or will not love, cherish, and take full responsibility for. As human beings, not simple animals, we have been given the intelligence to control our own reproduction. I personally hate and detest the taking of an unborn human life through abortion. This is morally unacceptable in my world. But we are charged by God and civilization, with controlling ourselves or personally facing the results. Birth control, abstinence or loving your child it’s your choice and no one else’s.   

Remember it always takes two, so all I say is for both mother and father. I do not know what percentage of these welfare babies are born outside of wedlock or with no fathers name on the birth certificate. I do know it’s very, very high. To the male animals, that desert their children, you are not men, you are not even boys, you are no better than mongrel dogs. 

The shocking fact of over half of the babies, in Alabama, being born on welfare is an absolute and unavoidable result of the socialist welfare state attempting to replace the family unit in its role as the basic building block of civilization. 

The next fact, that 42% of the children in the state are insured by Medicaid, is just a continuation of the disgusting story outlined in the first statistic about welfare births being the majority in our once proud and independent state.We have no shame. Laking any sense of parental obligation and no conscience regarding the hardships caused by this cowardice, the family unit, in a greater and greater part, is completely breaking down. The welfare state solution is to throw more money at the problem. After nearly 50 years and a national debt nearing sixteen trillion dollars we have not done nearly enough. 

One progressive chant is to pour more money into education. But school systems that are forbidden from making value judgements, or teaching morality, but do teach socialism, they are one of our dire problems. Bad school systems can override even what good parents try to instill in their children. 

Now for Dr. Williamson’s revelation number three. The worst is the last. Think about two-thirds of all the nursing home bills, in Alabama being paid by Medicaid.(Welfare). How many of these older citizens worked hard, almost from childhood, to provide for themselves and their families? How many, before their pride was taken, would have ever gone on welfare? In how many cases have the assets of these elders been maneuvered out of their name and ownership in a scheme to make them wards of the welfare state? These type of manipulations, done legally or outside the law, all come from minds that are morally and ethically bankrupt. 

What is hard to understand about “Thou shall not steal.?” It is almost as basic as “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” My friends, stealing is stealing, and this  is grand theft on a grand scale. Theft of this insidious kind is one of the most evil and wrong of the many snares, set by the welfare state to entice good people to depend on government even above right and wrong. 

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Each person has the moral and ethical duty to provide arrangements for his/her own self and that of all his or her off springs. The well being, to include food, shelter, healthcare, education, and the basic necessities of life is an individual and family obligation, not societies. We have a moral duty to provide and care for our parents, and extended family just as we have that duty to our children. Thus is the very foundation of our Judeo-Christian nation and before that it is the very root of civilized society for the past ten thousand years. 

We must help ourselves, our families and those who can not help themselves. We can not, and have no duty to help those who will not help themselves for they, like a drowning man, will and are pulling us down with them.   

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