“The only true charity…

The only true charity...

Johann Pestelozzi, who pioneered a revolutionary approach to teaching that centers around the child's intuition and interests, wrote those words two centuries ago.  He knew that dignity and dependency are opposites in functional, adult human beings.

The cost to America

The cost to America

After Social Security and Medicare, nearly half of our federal spending is devoted to Welfare Entitlements - benefits and cash distributed to "qualified" people, corporations, even foreign nations. And we're borrowing every cent it takes to support this welfare state. How long can this go on, before America financially implodes?

Live free and prosper

All Americans, and young people in particular, need to be taught the virtue of freedom, and of the need to develop self-reliance, so they can achieve a sense of dignity - the basis of our founders' vision for the world's first free society.

Jim's story of liberation

Here is where we would feature the story of a person who decided to break free of dependency, and become self-reliant and independent.

Mary’s story of liberation

Mary's story of liberation

Here is where we would feature the story of a person who decided to break free of dependency, and become self-reliant and independent.

Frank & Ernest on “The Ladder Of Success”

 

Some assembly may be required, but the feeling of pride that one derives from being self-sufficient and on the road to better things, is unique and irreplaceable.

See more of Frank & Ernest here.

Interview with Jim Morris: “The Ladder Of Success”

 
In this expansive 30 minute discussion, EntitlementsDestroyLives.com’s founder Jim Morris describes when he discovered “The Ladder Of Success,” and how it has guided his career from age 14 to the present day.  He also explains why, by embracing the concept it represents, people currently trapped in entitlement dependency can gradually liberate themselves, and discover the joy of self-reliance.

 
 

A squirrel reaches the first rung on “The Ladder of Success”

 

There is much we can learn from our animal friends about life, motivation and determination.

In this dramatic video, a baby squirrel is given tools to help it achieve an objective: to climb over a wall. Although it received some help, no one would do the work for the baby; it had to figure out how the tools could be used to help it to climb over the wall, and then, to exert the effort to do so, on its own.

How many able-bodied people today have never discovered the pride, the self-esteem, the exhilaration that this squirrel did, because they’ve been told they cannot be self-sufficient? That they will always need government assistance? That they are incapable of providing for their and their families’ needs and desires?

Could there be a greater spiritual and economic tragedy?

 

 

 

The cost to America

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(1) 49% of Americans now rely on government for at least part of their income

“A record 49 percent of Americans live in a household where someone receives at least one type of government benefit,of Americans live in a household where someone receives at least one type of government benefit, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And 63 percent of all federal spending this year will consist of checks written to individuals for which the government receives currently no services, the White House budget office estimates. That’s up from 46 percent in 1975 and 18 percent in 1940.”

(Bloomberg)

 


 

(2) An original EntitlementsDestroyLives.com presentation

The following presentation shows that our welfare state is now costing America half of our entire federal budget – and that we are now borrowing every cent that’s required to maintain it, each year.

This is despite the fact that according to major think tanks (example), only 14% of our federal expenditures go to pay for “safety-net” programs.

How long could a household that earns $30,000 a year but spends $60,000 a year be able to find sources that are willing to make $30,000 loans, year in and year out? We are on a path towards bankruptcy – and this has not even entered into our national discussion.

 

 


 

(3) What are the hidden costs of Welfare Entitlements?

How many people who would otherwise be independent, productive, taxpaying members of society are now idled through the entitlement mentality and lifestyle?

How much is this situation costing America in terms of lost productivity gains, unrealized innovation, and continuing deficits in competitiveness with other nations as an investment destination?

 

 

 

“The only true charity…

… is one in so contrived that the recipient need beg no more.”

Johann Pestelozzi, who pioneered a revolutionary approach to teaching that centers around the child’s intuition and interests, wrote those words two centuries ago.  He knew that dignity and dependency are opposites in functional, adult human beings.

Yet today, charitable ventures – particularly those designed and operated by governments – rely upon a steady, if not rising number of dependents.  This is because hundreds of thousands of jobs in the charity industry and related bureaucracies are dependent upon dependency.  And the elected politicians who draft the laws that make ever-increasing numbers of people eligible for welfare programs are, in turn, dependent upon the recipients’ votes, which put them in office, term after term.

Michigan law enables man to win lottery, continue collecting welfare benefits

 

By Barbara Pinto, ABC News, May 18, 2011

 Leroy Fick hit the jackpot. The Michigan man won $2 million in the state lottery’s “Make Me Rich” contest last June.

With the $850,000 he took home after taxes, Fick, 59, used his winnings to purchase a new home and a used Audi convertible. But to buy groceries, this lottery winner is still using his Bridge Card, Michigan’s version of food stamps.

How can a man who won millions in the lottery still use food stamps? His lawyer says it is perfectly legal. “He’s not trying to cheat the state,” said Fick’s attorney, John Wilson. “Based on his income, he’s eligible.

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Live free and prosper

In the 1960s serial “Star Trek,” we were introduced to the Vulcan departure greeting: “Live long and prosper.”  This is certainly a rational wish, from the most rational of species.

I would like to modify that to an opening greeting for EntitlementsDestroyLives.com: “Live free and prosper.” 

Most children’s parents provide for all their needs, and some of their wants, during their early years.  Parents who provide for all of their child’s wants, however, begin a pattern of dependency that, if continued, will rob that child of the initiative needed to fuel normal life growth.

Social Security pays “disabled” man to live as 350lb. “adult baby”

 
UPDATE: October 18, 2011: Social Security will continue sending checks to man who claims he must live as “adult baby,” his “disability,” after investigation triggered by U.S. Senator found no wrongdoing or fraud.

ORIGINAL STORY: “Senator questions benefits to ‘adult baby’; Coburn sees possible fraud,” by Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times, May 17, 2011.  Excerpt:

A key senator has asked the Social Security Administration to investigate how people who live their lives role-playing as “adult babies” are able to get taxpayer-funded disability payment — after one of them was featured on a recent reality TV episode wearing diapers, feeding from a bottle and using an adult-sized crib he built.

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican and the Senate’s top waste-watcher, asked the agency’s inspector general to look into 30-year-old Stanley Thornton Jr. and his roommate, Sandra Dias, who acts as his “mother,” saying it’s not clear why they are collecting Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits instead of working.

“Given that Mr. Thornton is able to determine what is appropriate attire and actions in public, drive himself to complete errands, design and custom-make baby furniture to support a 350-pound adult and run an Internet support group, it is possible that he has been improperly collecting disability benefits for a period of time,” Mr. Coburn wrote in a letter Monday to Inspector General Patrick P. O’Carroll Jr.

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The disincentives of the entitlement mentality

When we the people decide to help our fellow man who might be in a “tough spot” we assume that we have done a good thing. That we are “well-intended.”

But we’ve allowed the detached giving of benefits to be a dead end that can entrap and rob one’s initiative. What is the record for individuals moving through the entitlement entanglement with successful transition to life growth?

Two black children assaulted in American schools

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Well, spiritually assaulted by the entitlement mentality.

First up: Six-year-old “Kenine,” an aspiring future presidential candidate, interviewed by ABC’s Chris Cuomo for a Good Morning America segment called “Bringing America Back.”  She expressed her view that “the rich should give up some of their money to the government,” which will then redistribute it “to the people who need it.”  And if they don’t want to?  “Then you’re greedy.”