Tag: Reagan

58 Years ago today… and one of the greatest speeches I’ve ever heard.

“…the full power of centralized government. THIS was the very thing the Founding Fathers sought to minimize. They knew that governments don’t control things.

A government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose…”

“When the government tells you, ‘You’re depressed’. Lie down and be depressed…

…So they’re going to solve all the problems of human misery through government and government planning… well now if government planning and welfare had the answer and they had almost 30 years of it shouldn’t we expect government to read the score to us every once in a while?

Shouldn’t they be telling us about the decline each year and the number of people needing help, the reduction of need for public housing? But the REVERSE is true, each year the need grows greater, the program grows greater. We were told 4 years ago that 17 million people went to bed hungry each night, well that’s probably true – they were all on a diet. But NOW we’re told that 9.3 million families in this country are poverty stricken and on the basis of earning less than $3,000 a year. Welfare spending is 10 times greater than it was than the dark depths of the depression. We’re spending $45 billion dollars on Welfare. Now do a little arithmetic, you’ll find that if we divided the $45 billion up equally among those 9 million poor families, we’d be able to give each family $4,600 a year AND this added to their present income should eliminate poverty. DIRECT AID to the poor, however, is running at about $600 per family… Would seem that someplace there must be some OVERHEAD.”