Elizabeth Warren finally confessed. She estimated that her plan to create “Medicare for All” would cost $5.2 trillion per year. This compares to the current national budget of $4.5 trillion. Therefore, what Sen. Warren wants to do is to more than double the national budget and more than double the size of the federal government.

Moreover, if Warren’s support for the “Green New Deal” is added to her wellness wish list, then it is likely that the electronic money machines at the Federal Reserve and the Internal Revenue Service may require installation of a new super-computer just to keep up with the impending national bankruptcy.

Even if there was room in our national conversation to consider something other than impeachment, why would we consider her proposal seriously? It is because, rich or poor, we have become addicted to government welfare, and none of us will brave detoxification.

Most of us experience welfare in the image of a single mother paying for her child’s food with a SNAP or food stamp debit card. If we see her buying milk, bread and a half dozen eggs, we shed a tear and mumble a short prayer to ask that God’s mercy be visited on her family. On the other hand, if we see her SNAP card exchanged for two $15 filets and a jar of white asparagus, our thoughts turn to a silent expression of words unfit for this newspaper to print.

But welfare is broader than that. It is more than the expected subsidized low-income housing and Medicaid. Welfare is the subsidy that the federal government pays to seaside homeowners in the form of discounted storm insurance. Welfare is the disaster grant that an uninsured storm victim expects from FEMA. Welfare touches almost every transaction made in the United States, from guaranteed home loans to credit for customers buying defective Boeing passenger jets. From college students to displaced coal miners, we have all become so dependent on the federal government that anyone who proposes larger subsidies resulting in greater dependency becomes instantaneously popular.

Addiction to government largesse has become so pervasive that most Americans expect that government will not only launch satellites to report the weather, but will also create programs to change the weather. We have all become risk averse and government dependent. Elizabeth Warren’s popularity is only the result.

As conservatives, we often give lip service to a bloated bureaucracy or an omnipresent deep state; but we ourselves both created it and take comfort in it.

Although our continental borders have not experienced an international invasion since the War of 1812, we insist on maintaining armed forces throughout the world. We spend billions X-raying the underwear of grandmothers who board commercial aircraft while our National Security Agency collects and analyzes billions of private emails every minute. In effect, we have become fearful of our own liberty and have surrendered our freedom to government.

Bureaucracy has become an omnipresent shadow, supervising us everywhere with the expectation that it will protect us from almost any calamity we may experience. So, why should we be surprised when Sen. Warren wants her bureaucrats to supervise our health care, too? Why should we be shocked if government taxes us to change the weather?

In Elizabeth Warren’s imagination, the prime reason to work is not to support ourselves. Work only supports government which, in turn, supports us. It is a dark, dystopian future of which I want no part.

So, for me, it is not sufficient to fight Elizabeth Warren. She will not be the cause of our demise. She is the result of it. As a true conservative, I must oppose the expansion of our military just as I oppose the expansion of the welfare state. While we need to keep the social safety net found in the food stamp program, we need to eliminate subsidies to both Boeing and the farm lobby. We need to eliminate subsidized insurance as well as subsidized student loans.

In effect, we don’t need to double the federal budget. We actually need to cut it in half.

At some point our nation needs to stop fighting World War III and end welfare for all but the neediest. We must then expect that our citizens again become self-reliant and return to the people both the rights of liberty and its responsibilities.

Contact Robert M. Levy at Law52@Prodigy.net.

(4) comments

Sally Larson

Mr. Levy, thank you for such a well thought out conversation. You've given me a lot to think about. I am concerned about how to untangle our subsidies to the farm lobby. I just read an article about a family farm going bankrupt because of a combination of weather and the effects of the tariff war with China. Sadly the husband committed suicide because of his unsurmountable problems. Would he and other farmers have a better chance had the trade wars not happened? It doesn't seem fair to make our farmers suffer and sell the farm If we as a country support the tariffs. Shouldn't we be prepared to support the farmers who suffer the brunt of this action? If not, then what should happen?

Keith Miller

Did conservative study show big savings for Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan ? By Louis Jacobson...Friday, August 3rd, 2018

ken leary

When I think of welfare, I think of the New York Fed recently pumping billions into the banks so the Repurchasing market can stay viable at 1.55 percent interest rather than the ten percent the so called "free market" was demanding. Should I pay more attention to people buying subsidized food? And just for arguments sake, there are numerous studies which suggest that a national health system would, in the aggregate, be much cheaper than the current profit driven system. Just ask Kent. His Austrian School, Mercatus Center, at George Mason University issued a Koch brother financed study which states a single payer system would be less expensive.

Kent Misegades

As a person who has never worked in the government nor accepted any form of welfare from it, I am certainly not part of the dependent class. But I am forced to pay for it from an armed government. Eventually we know how this will end - read the final chapter of Atlas Shrugged, which does not end well for those on the taxpayer dole.

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