‘Free’ ser­vices are cost­ing us plenty

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

I have to won­der at those in this coun­try who be­lieve that the “free” stuff they re­ceive from the Obama-led gov­ern­ment is re­ally free.

Is it pos­si­ble that the 48 per­cent of Amer­i­cans who ac­cept this “free” stuff from Washington can be so blinded by greed that they can­not see that when they no longer serve Pres­i­dent Obama’s pur­pose, he will cast them aside as eas­ily as he does the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion? In my opin­ion, Mr. Obama has em­barked on a plan to en­sure that idle Amer­i­cans are just as ad­dicted to fed­eral funds as any drug ad­dict is to an il­le­gal sub­stance. That’s a prob­lem.

The “drug” — in this case, money to pay for free stuff — is gone. At some point, the with­drawal symp­toms will start and the ad­dicts will try to find free stuff by what­ever means nec­es­sary. The re­sults will be catas­trophic and un­avoid­able, no mat­ter who wins the White House in Novem­ber.

Mr. Obama could be­gin seiz­ing 401(k) ac­counts or na­tion­al­iz­ing in­dus­try as a way of gath­er­ing the cash needed to pump the fi­nan­cial veins of these idle Amer­i­cans full of fed­eral heroin, but that can­not last, ei­ther. Even if Mitt Rom­ney wins the White House and tries to stem the flow of fed­eral money to these peo­ple, the re­sult would be the same: with­drawal pain and chaos.

All the rest of us can do is brace our­selves for the com­ing storm and be pre­pared for the worst. This was bound to hap­pen sooner or later, given the be­hav­ior of the politi­cians in Washington. We’ve been run­ning from this sit­u­a­tion since Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt started Amer­ica down this road in the 1940s.

Luck­ily, there still are an equal num­ber of Amer­i­cans who have no in­ten­tion of be­com­ing vic­tims of this vile po­lit­i­cal pol­icy. JEF­FREY DIS­SELL Gainesville, Fla.

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