By: Diane Benjamin
Here’s the latest craze in Bloomington-Normal: If you can’t afford local housing prices, government has a responsibility to help you.
Nothing about personal responsibility. Nothing about doing whatever it takes to support yourself. Wealth redistribution is the obvious answer. It’s immaterial if a permanent underclass of people living on subsidies is created at the expense of responsible people.
The local League of Women Voters is moving forward to find developers to build affordable housing. Subsidized housing. Evidently there is a large group of people with mental health problems and disabilities that can’t afford housing in Bloomington-Normal. Add the single parents with 3 kids who spend too much on housing and obviously it’s your fault since you are expected to help out.
Listen to the WJBC League interview from last month: http://stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=711&c=3781&f=5036123
The League wants more vouchers for people needing subsidies to take to potential landlords. The landlords love them because they know the rent will be paid. Nobody cares about the people funding the vouchers. That would be you.
Think about your kids. If you do your teenagers wash you will ALWAYS be doing it. If you clean their rooms, you will ALWAYS be doing it. Ditto with cooking, paying for gasoline, and funding their fun. Parents like this create permanent dependents not capable of taking care of themselves. Great parents gradually force their kids into responsibility.
The League of Women Voters wants some adults to never grow up. Providing an ever-expanding social safety net means they never have to.
Last month I posted the debt per person in Bloomington and Normal:
That’s minor compared to the debt you don’t know about. According to usdebtclock.org:
National debt per citizen: $58,256
Illinois debt per citizen: $11,371
If you live in Bloomington – you are obligated to repay $71,248 of debt your government has accumulated.
If you live in Normal, it’s $71,350.
But wait! That’s not even close to the total debt you are in. Your government has promised all sorts of future benefits now totaling more than $100 TRILLION dollars. The almost $19 Trillion of actual debt the feds have accumulated looks like peanuts in comparison. That unfunded liability (just to the feds) amounts to $839,881 per taxpayer.
The vouchers the League of Women Voter’s want to hand out only add to the debt you are already in.
Government compassion is killing the country. Parents who don’t teach their kids to be responsible create permanent dependents. Government wants your money to take care of them. The League of Women Voters think you should too.
Expect a proposal in Bloomington soon to build subsidized housing.
In case you forgot, this isn’t how America was founded. There was no safety net for immigrants early in the 20th century. They arrived legally and frequently broke. They created their own American dream through hard work. People helped each other, they refused government handouts.
Benjamin Franklin would never have agreed:
“I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
Can somebody tell the League of Women Voters to quit thinking with their hearts and start using their heads? Their “compassion” is destroying the future. Copy the Bloomington and Normal City Councils.