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Our Culture has Changed

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

For the last three and a half months, our culture seems to have changed. A number of us feel it is not a change for the best. We have given up on national news, as we can only take so many opinions and pointing fingers. One of the safest places on television is a channel airing a rodeo.

            Our government keeps printing money and doling it out as the national debt keeps rising. If people really need the help, I can understand helping them. But to give more money to American citizens than they were making while working is wrong. There is no incentive to go back to work.

            We read about all the people in the large cities, and a few in Wyoming, who were protesting. We all have a right to protest and sometimes we need to, but it isn’t right to destroy someone’s property while protesting. 

We wonder why they are not working, and the answer is, they don’t have to. We’re paying them not to work. There have been some social injustices out there that need fixed, but what about the injustices to businesses that have been looted or burned? I would hate to have a business in the part of Seattle where protestors have taken over. It would be lost. 

            Someone sent me some statistics that prove my point.

 “Last month, the Senate Budget Committee reports in Fiscal Year 2012, the year President Obama was elected, between food stamps, housing support, childcare, Medicaid and other benefits, the average U.S. household below the poverty line received $168 a day in government support,” the stats read. 

They continue, “The problem with this much support is that the average household income at the time was just over $50,000, which averages out to $130.13 a day. Being on welfare paid the equivalent of $30 an hour for a 40-hour week, while the average job at the time paid $24 an hour.” 

Today, this is one of the major reasons 10 states, including California, Washington and Oregon. Now have more people on welfare than they employ. You can guess what political party most of their governors belong to.

            This culture usually starts at the top, and when you see the statistics for what percentage of the president’s cabinet came from private businesses, one sees where the problem comes from.

Years past, it was usually around 40 to 55 percent, except for Kennedy at 30 percent, Carter at 32 percent and Clinton at 39 percent. Our current president is the highest of all on the list at 90 percent. The list started with Teddy Roosevelt. Obama was at eight percent and was hands down the lowest.

            We can see the spending habits of Congress today as they are passing the Great American Outdoors Act. They claim it’s for fixing infrastructure in and around our national parks. But, it mandates $14 billion in new spending, and it gives federal agencies the power to spend $360 million annually to acquire private land without the approval of Congress. 

Needless to say, those members of Congress from the western states with public lands did not vote for it, except for a few from Colorado.  

            People in need must be helped by all, but if they are able, they should work to get back on their feet and be an asset to their community.

            One of the great sources of energy is pride in what you are doing and easy money makes people lazy.

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