The Gimme Generation! 01/16/2012

The “Gimme Generation”
Published November 30, 2011 | By MichaelW

Proof of the pudding showed up this fall in a survey conducted by Professor Jack W.
Chambless at Valencia College in Florida. He asked his students to write a short essay
expressing their view of The American Dream.

Most of the students responded with the familiar notions of youth expressed by my
generation with one important and notable exception. Instead of taking personal
responsibility for their future, they noted that the government should, “Pay my tuition,
provide me with a job, give me money for a house, make sure I get free health care and
pay for my retirement.” If necessary, “… raise taxes on rich people so that I can have
more money …”

What else would you expect from young Americans, who, after several generations,
have grown accustomed to a “Nanny State” in which the Federal Government has taken
more and more license with the lives of individual Americans? This entire process has
resulted in a citizenry in which one-half of wage earners pay no income tax at all and,
indeed, in some cases even get a “refund” even though that refund comes from one of
the other half of Americans who have paid income tax. If this is not a prime Marxist
example of government, “From each according to his ability; to each according to his
need,” I don’t know what is.

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