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The Dependency Agenda (Encounter Broadsides) Paperback – May 29, 2012
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What he actually thought (and said) was, "We'll have those (N-words) voting Democratic for 200 years." Which is just about the most repulsive thought ever uttered by an American politician.
So the first step in the "dependency agenda" was to hook the poor on government handouts. The second step is less obvious, but really much more important. Let me explain it to you.
The government rakes in the lettuce and then has to give at least some of it to those who are deemed to be "poor." But it needs a middleman to distribute the lettuce, and long ago began farming this work out to non-profit AND for-profit organizations. These people make genuinely handsome salaries (as opposed to their poor "clients") and they would be utterly wiped out if the welfare state disappeared.
So we have two large voting blocs who vote Democratic because that's where their money comes from: those deemed worthy of welfare &c. and (more important) the Welfare Emperors who control the distribution of the lettuce.
This is a corrupt way of doing things, which seems to beg for even more corruption along the way.
This is a quick read, which is both scary and enlightening. Very highly recommended!
(P.S. If you think this is all a right-wing fantasy, then answer me this. As is well known, the U.S. government is broke, and running a deficit of 1.5 TRILLION dollars a year. Given this situation, WHY would the Obama administration be spending $3 million on a campaign to get MORE people on food stamps?)
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Some constructive criticism:
A couple / few graphs would be useful and supportive.
I can't accept the idea that any forced support of anyone is ever moral.
Using and dismissing Ayn Rand as a pole (that the author thinks we needn't adopt), w/o explaining or contrasting was annoying.
None of these situations are unpredictable, with a bit of standard Micro-economic reasoning. It's not such a stretch to imagine that politicians want votes. And that since dependency buys votes, then various administrations/ government/ politicians have incentives to create dependency now because that buys them votes both now AND later. And of course the definition of dependency is going to be as broad as possible because that will maximize the number of potential votes.
It's also not news to us that government bureaucracies can start out small but then take on lives of their own. Williamson gave us a lot of specific details to fill in the outlines of that idea.
Another idea that he expands on is one that was originally introduced by Hayek in The Road to Serfdom (Why the Worst Get On Top). The author does not get into *why* the worst get on top, but instead he gives us some examples of bad people that DO get on top (Lyndon Baines Johnson) and what follows when they make policy.
In many ways, this book feels like reading a text on Evolutionary Biology. That's to say that the things that Williamson describes are not inconsistent with what one would expect based on semi-formal Economic reasoning/ Social Psychology but that the specific situations could never themselves be predicted.Read more ›
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43 pages long - you can read this while you wait for your kids at the orthodontist.
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I've only read a few pages into it, but so far it is very grippingPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cogent analysis of the history of government dependency and the purpose of those individuals and organizations that promote such dependency. Well-researched and easy to follow.Published 9 months ago by Lee J.
Excellent booklet demonstrating the ways in which the Great Society was designed to keep the American people in thrall through the expansion and insinuation of government into... Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Celestine
Should be mandatory reading for liberals. Williamson writes with a punch, direct, to the point with obvious truth.Published 19 months ago by Baxter
43 pages about the failure of the Great Society. Will not make Liberals happy.Published 21 months ago by GrandpaJack
Although I knew most of the information discussed, I found the style easy to read and concise. Good book for anyone who wants to understand why dependency is bad and why it is on... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Donttreadonme
Kevin Williamson, who is always worth reading, offers a very incisive summary of the results of the Left's current agenda. Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Rodolfo