I recently witnessed a non-commissioned social experiment that eerily resembled the workings of a socialist government or at the very least something like our current governments subsidy and welfare programs. Though I own multiple homes I live in an apartment complex due to proximity to work. My current apartment – like most I presume – provides a brand of bags for cleaning up dog feces. These are placed strategically throughout the complex usually in opportune locations next to gates and garbage cans. Recently the dispenser closest to my first floor apartment has run out of the provided bags. Subsequently, the amount of droppings left in the general vicinity has increased geometrically. The anecdotal evidence would seem so show that without being provided the tools to clean up after their dogs the other residence of this apartment complex are incapable of doing so. There is no prohibition on using other types of bags. The other containers within walking distance still have bags which could be used. While there may be a short term excuse of not knowing the container was empty this has continued to be a problem days later and has happened even after the grounds crew had removed the first rounds of deposits.
This all leads to the understanding that personal responsibility is not something that is practiced, appreciated or even asked for from our government anymore. A man who won $2 million in Michigan is still using food stamps and feels no remorse for it what so ever. The bigger question is how does this man still qualify for food stamps? Our society has become soft. People used to be embarrassed to ask for a hand out. People used to live within their means because they did not have any other choice. The altruistic intentions of welfare policies, ones meant to help those who really needed it, have mutated into a free for all those who don’t need it but take advantage of the system. The worst part is the effect it has when these programs stop. When this government runs out of money will there be any different response to the one described at my apartment complex? Will people who have had their housing, food, education and lives subsidized by the federal government know how to take care of themselves? Unfortunately it most likely end up like the example provided but just a lot worse.
“The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.” – Barack Obama