We forget that the obligations of the working to care for the 70-80 million who genuinely cannot work become more difficult, when the 90 million who can work for all sorts of reasons won’t. Note the theme of this essay: the more in humane fashion we provide unemployment insurance, food stamps, subsidized housing, legal advice, health care and disability insurance, the more the recipients find it all inadequate, inherent proof of unfairness and inequality, and always not enough.
Just as Gresham’s Law tells us that bad money drives out good, one of Quick’s Iron Laws informs us that moochers, looters, thieves and bums drive out the productive members of society.
This is especially certain when entitlements assume the status of currency. Institutionalized altruism inevitably leads to inistitutionalized slavery. Ayn Rand understood this, but most of America has no clue.