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7/16/2014 11:49:00 PM
Death by government
By William Slusher

One of Ronald Reagan's favorite aphorisms was: "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"
I thought about these words today when I noticed something less usual in America anymore: innovation coupled to a work ethic and a service-minded attitude. This very combination carries millions of Americans to success, or at least it used to before it got 'helped' so much by government.
I was enjoying my daily downtown lunch with several newspapers when across the parking area by another building I noted an older utility van drive in next to someone's family car. A thirties-looking, modestly but neatly dressed, Hispanic-appearing driver opened his van in which was a large agricultural water tank along with a shop vac, a generator, a pressure-wash pump and much other gear. Neatly on the doors were racks of containers of cleaners and polishes, small brooms, window squeegees, paper towels and the like.
Thirty-five minutes later, the car looked new inside and out. He went in the nearby building to get paid by the car owner.
I asked for his card because I was impressed with what I saw and, as I am in the retirement mode, he'll be keeping my cars clean.
I liked this young man's whole attitude, work ethic, demeanor, drive and professionalism. I'd love to tell you his contact information for your convenience and the promotion of his business, but remember, the vampire branch of government lurks out there. Publicly identifying him could interest any of three levels of government to come sniffing for fees, permits, licenses, and/or bonds and insurance, all anxious to enforce who knows what consumer, code, business, OSHA, environmental and maybe even immigration laws. All this government 'help' would probably destroy the young man's business if he has issues there.
I can't avoid contrasting this entrepreneur with the teeming masses of welfare recipients plaguing America. Yes, some on welfare are just hard-luckers passing through on their way to productive lives but let's face it, the uninspiring reality is that almost a disgraceful half are not. Many will stay on welfare as long as they possibly can, 46.5 percent for more than two years (repeatedly), 19.6 percent ... way over ... five ... years (US Dept. of Health and Human Services, July 2014).
Many of these are living on the same welfare as their parents and theirs and theirs. For many, only fools work. Many make a deliberate conspiracy of criminally gaming America's numerous social welfare systems as a career. For them, American compassion and generosity compose not a temporary 'safety net' but a permanent loafer's hammock that makes suckers of taxpaying American workers.
Put away your favorite rubber "Racist!" stamp. In America, virtually equal percentages of welfare recipients are white, 38.8 percent, and black, 39.8 percent (USDHHS, July 2014). 34.6 percent of American adults are on welfare.
Take a deep breath. In the Obama economy, more Americans are ... on welfare ... than have ... full-time jobs. (IJReview, Jan. 2014.)
Was my car washer an illegal alien? I didn't ask - his English was rough - but know you this: I'll trade a thousand lifetime-vested welfare 'citizens' for any one of these young men who pays his way and supports his own. And he can bring his family. Even if he isn't paying tax dollars (and he may be for all I know) he's not soaking them up either. Better, say, a family of six immigrants paying no taxes but supporting themselves than six 'citizens' paying no taxes while sponging off the working citizen.
It is a socially psychotic government that spends billions of dollars of working Americans' tax blood to keep out immigrants who want to work while spending billions more such blood dollars paying over a third of American 'citizens' ... not ... to work. At least one definition of socialist insanity is importing Jamaicans to pick Washington apples while forcing American workers to pay way over a hundred-thousand Washingtonians to do ... nothing.
I vote to stop deporting work-hungry immigrants and start deporting multi-generational welfare careerists; a win-win for America.
Whatever government 'system' we have now is rather pregnantly not working. Worse, it's toxic to that essential American work ethic from both ends. The career welfare parasite thinks, why work when government will support me? The worker thinks, why work when government will steal my earnings to bribe votes from people who don't work? That's a national economic death sentence.
Demanding that government correct this lunacy is often piously condemned as a shortfall in 'compassion' for the down-and-out. Nuts. How about some compassion for those working people - now a minority - spending the finite hours of their lives away from their families laboring hard and long for wages from which ever more taxes are extorted to fund growing communities of career parasites?
Where's the compassion where it is ... earned?

William Slusher is an author, columnist and sociopolitical writer with a small ranch on the Okanogan River. Enjoy his newly reprinted down-and-dirty Southern murder mystery SHEPHERD OF THE WOLVES. (Amazon,, or your local bookstore). Mr. Slusher may be contacted at

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