As it developed in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth centuries, the intellectual movement that went under the name of liberalism emphasized freedom as the ultimate goal and the individual as the ultimate entity in society. It supported laissez-faire at home as a means of reducing the role of the state in economic affairs and thereby enlarging the role of the individual; it supported free trade abroad as a means of linking the nations of the world together peacefully and democratically. In political matters, it supported the development of representative government and of parliamentary institutions, reduction in the arbitrary power of the state, and protection of civil freedoms of individuals. -Milton Friedman- Capitalism and Freedom
What the heck happened to that model? Maybe today's liberals ought to go back and check their charter, and or mission statement!
This is a classic example of a perversion of intent brought on by people who've never lived in oppression. They think that the socialist model of government is a wonderful idea, never having lived through the horrors of citizens starving in Russia, or Germany when the all powerful government didn't have the resources to feed it's people. They ignore the history of China killing it's people because the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, as they didn't have food to feed those who were less productive. It always ends like this. There is no successful model of pure socialism; no nanny state that survived the test of time. They all resort back to some sort of capitalist model. Even communist China gave it's agricultural interests back to privatized ownership to increase the output. Because without a personal interest in the harvest, there was no production.
When will liberals, and Washington understand you get what you promote? If you pay people to be idle, you'll have idle people. Nothing increases productivity and job creation like hunger, and the need to live indoors. We've entitled our population to sit idly by and complain we need immigrant workers because Americans won't do "those kind of jobs." Exactly, if you pay them not to, they certainly won't. It would be amazing the crop of lawn service employees, maids, crop pickers, construction workers, etc we would create if we stopped paying people to be idle. Food stamp disbursement is at an all time high. Why? Because we encouraged it as acceptable. Unemployment, same deal! Let's get back to work America, the party's over!