The best form of government

What is the best form of government?

If you ask this question, most people will start spitting different systems of government created by man. However, the answer to the above question is it depends. It depends on the people that form the nation. If the nation is made of ethical, moral and honest people, you will have a different governmental system than a nation made of ignorant, dishonest and degenerate people.

The best form of the government may actually be no government. I am not talking about anarchy, but instead a leadership made of morally capable individuals who rely on our heavenly Father protection.

The danger of dependency on government

Dependence on the government will bring this nation down. In 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported that 49% of the population lives in a household where at least one person gets some type of government benefit. The Heritage Foundation’s annual Index of Dependence on Government tracks government spending and creates a weighted score adjusted for inflation of federal programs that contribute to dependency. It reports that in 2010, 67.3 million Americans received either Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Social Security, support for higher education or other assistance once considered to be the responsibility of individuals, families, neighborhoods, churches, and other civil society institutions — an 8% increase from the year before.

The growth in the dependency in government is a problematic trend. Where is the United States of America that encouraged work, progress and rejected the dependency from government to take care of the people for those things that they are capable of doing and should do for themselves.

“You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.” ― Abraham Lincoln

Here is a short story:

“Many years ago, in a distant monastery in Tibet, lived a young man who aspired to become a monk. He had a great desire to learn, so when one day his teacher told him that they would embark on a journey, the young man prepared with great enthusiasm.

They walked for several days until they reached a village where a very humble family lived. They asked them lodging and food. The family welcomed them and shared everything they had with them. The apprentice monk asked them how they could maintain themselves.

The man replied: “We have a cow that gives us everything we need: milk and cheese, so we change what we do not consume for other foods, that’s how we live.

At night, the old monk said to his disciple: “Take advantage of the fact that they are sleeping, go to the barn and frighten the cow”.

The young man protested “How can I do it? The cow is the only thing they have, it is their livelihood!”

The old monk said nothing, turned and left.

The young man spent several hours meditating, but because he respected his teacher went into the barn and frightened the cow. Then he felt so guilty that left the house, the disappointment also prevented him from returning to the monastery. He no longer wanted to be like those monks.

He spent his days traveling and thinking about the poor family he had left without means of support. So, he proposed to work hard to save enough and buy a cow to compensate for the damage he caused to the family.

But the cows were expensive, it took a few years before he could save enough money. Finally, he returned to the village and, to his surprise, he saw a luxurious hotel where the humble abode was located.

He approached the man who was sitting on the porch and asked him: “Excuse me, did a few years ago live here a very humble family who had a cow?”

The man looked at him and said: “Yes, yes, we are”.

The young man looked at him in disbelief and asked: “But … how did you do to prosper so much?”

The man said, “Well … look, one day, the cow that gave us life disappeared … At first, we were very worried, we did not know how we would have continued to live. Then we began thinking. Our land was very good for planting vegetables, so we started to grow a vegetable garden that would grow and produce one crop after another, so we started to exchange some vegetables with other foods and sold the rest, with the money we earned we bought livestock, we raise it and start selling the garments in excess, with the money we earned we managed to expand the house and so we began to rent rooms… And as you can see, now we are the owners of the only hotel in town!”

The above story contains several lessons, one of the primary lessons is that the best assistance we can do for others is to help them leave their comfort zones and to stop feeling pity that provokes others to stay where they are.

Give me free stuff!

At what point, will we continue extending so much government assistance to Americans that they lose the will to even look for work again? What would motivate a person to work for a paycheck when they can get the check without doing the work?

Imagine a society that the only source of nutrition was mother’s milk. What will happen to this society over generations? I think that over a few generations, humans would stop developing teeth. Think about it. What would teeth be needed if the only source of food is mother’s milk? You don’t need teeth for breast-feeding. Now imagine, many generations later, meat and vegetables became available. What do you think it would happen? Most likely, they might not even recognize the meat and vegetables as food.

The above is all a fantasy and intended to bring a point. This is what is happening in America with the “tax and spend” mentality. The existing government model in their fear of a revolution of the people, rather focuses in its own evolution. Instead of promoting financial freedom through enterprise, diligence and discipline, the people are being crippled and enslaved with the increased dependency in the government assistance programs.

The only way to get out of our crucible looks bleak. But if reliance on government assistance is the disease, refusal of them in favor of a long-term view toward hard work and enterprise may be the cure. Don’t give up. You don’t have to accept the mother’s milk of government assistance as your best hope for the future. Instead, strike out, seek your fortune, like all the pioneers before you have done. Sure, the risks are great. But the rewards are greater… and, indeed, the rewards of personal responsibility have always been the only outcomes acceptable to the generations of Americans who made the nation great.

Don’t retreat into the weakness of dependence. Move smartly toward strength: start a business, launch a product, develop the next Big Idea, pay off your financial debt. In your heart you know it’s the only future you want to look forward to… the only one you’ll accept.

Under a culture that promotes the dependency in government, poverty becomes a trap, and recipients of the government assistance get stuck. The people receiving government assistance lose work habits and job skills and miss out on the marketplace contacts that lead to job and business opportunities. That’s a key reason the government should require welfare recipients to work as much as they can. What could be called “workfare” thus tends to increase long-term earnings among potential recipients.

We can’t afford it

Another problem is that we simply can’t afford all the government assistance spending.

The national debt is at $22 trillion, more than the entire GDP of the United States of $21 trillion. High as it is, that debt is about to soar. More than 78 million baby boomers are retiring onto Social Security and Medicare in the next 15 years or so. Under Obamacare, Medicaid is set to explode as well. Within just one generation, and total federal spending could reach nearly 36% of GDP.

In CBO’s projections, the federal budget deficit is about $900 billion in 2019 and exceeds $1 trillion each year beginning in 2022. Over the coming decade, deficits (after adjustments to exclude shifts in the timing of certain payments) fluctuate between 4.1 percent and 4.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), well above the average over the past 50 years. CBO’s projection of the deficit for 2019 is now $75 billion less—and its projection of the cumulative deficit over the 2019–2028 period, $1.2 trillion less—than it was in spring 2018. That reduction in projected deficits results primarily from legislative changes—most notably, a decrease in emergency spending.

CBO projects that under plausible assumptions (such as permanent extension of the 2017 tax cuts), the government’s cumulative debt will grow from 78 percent of GDP in 2018 to 148 percent in 2038 and to 210 percent of GDP in 2048. Debt at such high levels would be unprecedented in the nation’s history (let alone in peacetime), and if CBO’s assumption that we will face no major wars or severe economic crises in this period should prove too rosy, then the debt will only grow higher. In 2008, before the full effects of the financial crash had driven up federal spending and suppressed tax collection, federal debt stood at 39 percent of GDP., and the Congressional Budget Office says debt held by the public could reach nearly 200% of GDP.

We can reduce dependency on government and focus benefits on those who are truly needy and rekindle the American Dream for everyone. All poverty programs should be reviewed to make certain they’re helping people instead of harming them. Social welfare programs should help people up, not hold them down. =