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REPUBLICAN SENATOR SEEKS CROWN AS KING OF THE WELFARE PIMPS
Sept. 9, 2005
Republicans were able to gain power during the mid 90’s in part by promising
to abolish welfare as we know it. However, as these reformers once
motivated by the idealism of their convictions have grown accustomed to the
perks of public office, they are no longer quite so eager to bring about the
abolition of these programs as they are to expand entitlement programs to
create whole new levels of dependency.
One of the surest ways to maintain one’s hold on power, to extend the scope
of government, and to minimize criticism of one’s pet projects is to couch
these in terms of defending some venerable institution. Environmentalists
have so mastered the technique that now those daring to question this
movement are characterized as being in favor of dirty water and bunny
As a nation founded upon Judeo-Christian principles, most Americans view
marriage and family as one of the building blocks of a stable social order.
Thus, those brave enough to question a proposal being introduced by Kansas
Senator Sam Brownback will no doubt be cast as enemies of children and
families. But the things these critics are really standing up for are just
as important and perhaps even more fundamental values such as self-reliance
and a sense of personal sobriety that one does not always get the things one
wants especially if one is not patient enough to follow the proper steps in
their own time to acquire them.
The plan promoted by Brownback would give low income residents of the
District of Columbia Marriage and Pre-marriage Accounts where the government
would match $3.00 for every dollar contributed by the account holder up to
$4500. The theory is that encouraging marriage is good for children.
But if we are now considering dishing out what amounts to what could be
rightly construed as a marriage subsidy, doesn’t this amount to yet another
form of welfare? Furthermore, such handouts would do little to actually
strengthen marriage since such funds would most likely go to those that
don’t value marriage all that much to begin with.
This was evident with the couple profiled in a July 31, 2005 Washington
Post story detailing the Brownback proposal. The couple chronicled has
not yet gotten married because the couple is strapped for cash because he is
unemployed and disabled with a back injury and to her it’s simply not enough
to bask in the joy and pleasure of solemnizing the couple’s love before God
and man as this woman already on a number of government assistance programs
demands a storybook wedding.
Yet despite claiming to delay matrimony because of economic excuses, this
has not stopped them from playing house by shacking up and having a baby on
top of the fact she already has another child by another dude. Apparently
the baby’s daddy isn’t too disabled; he might not be suffering so much from
a bad back as he is a lazy rear-end.
This couple made their own decision to do things out of order after sitting
in a tree, skipping the first comes love and then comes marriage stage going
straight to the baby carriage. Frankly, why should the rest of us have to
dig deeper into our pockets to buffer the consequences of their actions?
If couples such as this are not going to get married and (as most Americans
possessed the moral courage to say in eras with a bit more class) “live in
sin”, doesn’t it prove they do not value marriage to begin with? Why do
some such as Senator Brownback insist throwing more public money at the
problem is going to resolve the issue?
This is pretty much the approach that has been taken in regards to public
education and look at the sorry state the public schools are in. Do we
really want to endanger marriage further through additional government
handouts and interference?
Those defending Marriage Saving Accounts insist that the “downtrodden” and
“underprivileged” need public assistance in establishing their homes and
families. However, according to the specifics of the proposal,
beneficiaries can make up to $25,000 if they have no dependents and up to
$50,000 if one has dependents and a total net worth of less than $10,000.
Thus in plain language, what these programs do is reward those refusing to
exercise a little self control or willingness to delay gratification by
saving for a rainy day.
Why should others have to have what they have worked for taken and given to
someone that could theoretically be making more than they do but lacks
character so that the less frugal can enjoy many of the things those with
the integrity to lead productive lives apart from the patronage of the state
cannot afford and must delay acquiring until later down the road? Why
shouldn’t the same be expected of the indolent and licentious?
It’s not like the highlighted couple is living on the streets. According to
the Post, they have a roof over their heads. Since this is the case, their
living arrangements are no concern of the government or even the church to
much of a degree.
In the Washington, DC area where the average house is now pushing between
$300,000 and $500,000, if subsidies were dished out to all of those unable
to afford real estate prices, just about everybody would be suckling off the
Marriage and family are indeed a fundamental building block of a stable
social order. However, these will falter unless composed of individuals
that value these institutions more than any bribe to entice them into them
and realize no one is responsible for their success and happiness other than
Copyright 2005 by Frederick Meekins
Frederick B. Meekins - Washington, DC - Frederick Meekins is an Internet columnist. He holds a BS from the University of Maryland in Political Science/History and a MA in Apologetics & Christian Philosophy from Trinity Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Practical Theology through the Master's Graduate School Of Divinity in Evansville, Indiana.
In the future, Frederick plans to continue publishing his commentaries and hopefully compile them into a self-published book. Frederick's research interests include Worldview Applicaiton, Christian Apologetics, The Implications of Aberrant Theologies & Ideologies, Futurology, Eschatology, Science Fiction, Terrorism Studies, Environmentalism, Education Policy and America's Judeo-Christian Foundations.
Frederick is also an ordained Non-Denominational Minister and listed in "Who's Who In America".
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