The Vagabond at the Intersection: The Consequences of Pooled Burden

One road after another, one Medicare prescription after another, one postal delivery after another, one public school after another, our federal government has encouraged us to -- unwittingly and incrementally -- rely on one another for some of our most basic needs.  Over the past century, we have grown to increasingly share our burdens to the extent that it may finally be said with a straight face that as individuals we do nothing and together we do everything.  In a country where almost fifty percent of individuals live in a household that receives some form of federal assistance, perhaps the President was correct in stating that "If you have a business, you didn't build that.  Somebody else made that happen."  To be sure, "somebody else" is making all kinds of things happen for the large number of us receiving federal assistance. Like the vagabond at the intersection who scrubs your windshield for change even after you've waved him off, our government has...(Read Full Article)

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