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Letter: Democrats have to stop rewarding bad behavior

Democrats have to stop rewarding bad behavior

Though I did not witness President Obama’s State of the Union address, I did read about it. Despite his characterizations, I, as a citizen-voter, believe his constant harping on socioeconomic class struggle over perceived unfairness and inequality has done more to disunify our population than any other president since Lyndon B. Johnson.

Obama asked: Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?

Therein lies the crux of the matter – making the effort. For a half-century, I’ve watched Democrats rewarding irresponsible behavior while punishing everyone else whom they expect to bear the costs, both economic and social. We’ve had a moratorium on morality and an amnesty on anarchy since the late 1960s. Now evident are the fruits of this socially engineered system, where expectations for success based on hard work and personal sacrifice have succumbed to demands for more dependency programs for precisely those who have not made the effort.

Though he didn’t mention it, an $18 trillion national debt is hardly the condition under which thousands of low-income people should be signing up for Obamacare Medicaid. With a shrinking labor force and an inadequate physician pool, this is self-defeating.

Equally dumb is the expectation that federally subsidized preschool will produce a future young adult college cohort with the enhanced drive and initiative to meet its own tuition and student loan obligations. But to ensure equal outcomes, the president now proposes that working-class taxpayers fund everybody else’s junior college education.

After a half-century of stumbling with the upper class not paying its fair share, we have finally been shown the light to a truly class-free society. God help us, everyone.

Mike Helbig

North Tonawanda