One of the effects of Obama has been to bold face racial lines. Before Barry, I thought the country was making good progress on eliminating racial bias. Now I see that black hate toward whites is amped up. The mere fact that blacks continue to support him in the face of facts that he has made life worse for blacks shows me their support is purely based on skin color.
I feel much less comfortable around blacks now.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Muhammad is a narcissist, a pedophile, a mass murderer,
a terrorist, a misogynist, a lecher, a cult leader, a madman
a rapist, a torturer, an assassin and a looter."
Former Muslim Ali Sina offered $50,000 to anyone
who could prove otherwise based on Islamic texts.
The reward has gone unclaimed.
What if a man you knew began telling people that God was routinely speaking to him and only him - and that the "revelations" he claimed to be receiving were mostly about him and his relative importance to all other people? Say, for example, that this self-proclaimed prophet insisted that God had declared him to be the 'perfect example' for mankind and that others were therefore to accord him with special privilege, unwavering obedience, wealth and earthly desires, including all of the slaves and women that his lust could handle.
The founder of Islam advocated thievery, slavery, rape, murder, etc. The Quran advocates war against non-believers. There is not way it can be compatible with any form of democracy.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
From The End Is Near And It’s Going To Be Awesome, by Kevin D. Williamson. Broadside Books, 2013.
We spend a ton of money on Medicare and Medicaid because medical prices are so high. And medical prices are so high because we spend so much money on Medicare and Medicaid. Subsidizing consumption of a good while paying no attention to its production leads either to higher prices or some other kind of economic distortion.
I love it when someone states a proposition so succinctly.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Thomas Sowell recently wrote: In 1961, James B. Conant's book "Slums and Suburbs" warned that "social dynamite" was accumulating in American cities. Just a few years later, ghetto riots erupted all across the country.
Social dynamite can accumulate among whites as well as among blacks. White extremist hate groups already exist, though they are a fringe, as the Nazis were once a disdained fringe in Germany. It was the people's loss of confidence in the respectable institutions of society that gave the Nazis their chance for power.
The blind and dishonest political correctness of our media and educational institutions on racial issues today can eventually forfeit the confidence of Americans and give similar extremist groups their chance to ignite a race war in the United States. And once a race war starts, it can be virtually impossible to stop.
Each week I see a report of Black on White violence. Black teens killing an 84 year old man in a wheelchair just because he was breathing, tells me race wars are coming. Another Trayvon may set it off.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
What especially amazed Tocqueville was the sheer range of nongovernmental organizations Americans formed: "Not only do they have commercial and industrial associations . . . but they also have a thousand other kinds: religious, moral, grave, futile, very general and very particular, immense and very small; Americans use associations to give fetes, to found seminaries, to build inns, to raise churches, to distribute books, to send missionaries to the antipodes; in this manner they create hospitals, prisons, schools."
That was then. Being part of an association now is passé. Church and lodge membership have been declining for decades. The new associations are sport fans - NASCAR, golf, and of course college football fans. Every Saturday in the fall, these fans come out like locust. Flags flying from car windows, they clog the roads. Most are not going to the game, but to the mall, but true fans always show their colors.
Football propels a billion-dollar revenue machine that turns out a few stars, throws away 97% of the players when it's done with them and converts institutions of learning into centers of entertainment.
I am watching as the Dems turn this country into a failed fascists state. Conservatives have no clue how to fight back. They just tune in the next football game.
In 1775, with very little provocation, almost a third of the residents grabbed their muskets and claimed this land from George III. Now the Republican party has been ruined. It's history. Hilliary will be easily elected as the Republicans have no one worth damm.
Since I don't like football, maybe I can learn to tune out and like porn.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Since Bill Buckely died, conservatives have not had a very effective voice. That needs to change if we are to gain any ground. According to Paul Harvey, there is power of art over argument. He puts it this way…
“Nobody could have persuaded a generation to produce a baby boom—yet Shirley Temple movies made every couple want to have one. Military enlistments were lagging for our Air Force until, almost overnight, a movie called Top Gun had recruits standing in line. The power of art over argument. The elevation of the downtrodden never relies on logic. It is instead facilitated by the persistent persuasion of gifted penman. British sweatshops for children existed only until Dickens wrote about them. American slaves were slaves only until Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote about them. Oh, yes, Lincoln himself credited her with having started the Civil War. The power of art over argument. Animal rights activists bemoan the difficulty of making most people relate to animals. Yet, once upon a time, a cartoonist named Walt Disney created an animal character called Bambi, and in one year, deer hunting nose-dived from a $5.7 million business to a $1 million business. The power of art over argument. Statues mandating more humane treatment for draft horses were initiated by a book: Black Beauty. You want to convince the unconvinced? Don’t call to arms—call to art!
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I read with disdain the many recent headlines of black on white violence. We are indeed back to the 1960's and Emmett Till. Only this time, the blacks are the ones beating and killing white's. We have a half-white President, his Attorney General, Al Sharpton and even Colin Powell to thank for returning the country to a place where skin color defines which side you are on.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
America's enormous and costly civil service comes at the expense of an eroding military and a crumbling infrastructure. The larger welfare state means fewer engaged in private enterprise, wealth creation and defense. This is happening precisely at the time that our enemies are growing in power and audacity.
This could describe several great countries in the last three millennium.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
“CONCENTRATED POWER IS NOT RENDERED HARMLESS BY THE GOOD INTENTIONS OF THOSE WHO CREATE IT.”
“HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A BUREAUCRAT SCORNED.”
“I AM IN FAVOR OF CUTTING TAXES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES AND FOR ANY EXCUSE, FOR ANY REASON, WHENEVER IT’S POSSIBLE.”
“IF YOU PUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN CHARGE OF THE SAHARA DESERT, IN 5 YEARS THERE’D BE A SHORTAGE OF SAND.”
“MANY PEOPLE WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THE CONSUMER. A MUCH MORE URGENT PROBLEM IS TO PROTECT THE CONSUMER FROM THE GOVERNMENT.”
Saturday, July 13, 2013
This article enumerates ALL of the powers of the President. It has four short sections.
Section 1 - How elected
Section 2 - Enumerated powers
Section 3 - Duties of the office
Section 4 - Removal from office
The three paragraphs of Section 2 enumerates the powers of the office and Section 3 contains the requirement that the office enforce the laws passed by Congress. Nothing obtuse here, even a fifth grader can understand the language.
The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows:
Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.
It goes on about the details of the Electoral College, but no powers are mentioned in Section 1.
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.
He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The rights of the accused are under vicious attack.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Niall Ferguson: The Regulated States of America
Tocqueville saw a nation of individuals who were defiant of authority. Today? Welcome to Planet Government.
Comments on the book review above
U.S. future obligations exceed future revenues by $200 trillion, and state and local governments face $38 trillion in unfunded obligations.
Monday, May 20, 2013
In 2012 the cost of federal rules exceeded $1.8 trillion, roughly equal to the GDP of Canada. These costs are embedded in nearly everything Americans buy. These costs come to $14,768 per household, meaning that red tape is now the second largest item in the typical family budget after housing.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
In 2008 Mr.. Obama won by 9.5 million votes. Four years later, with all the whiz-bang and money, he won by less than five million.
America's blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the white turnout for the first time, reflecting a deeply polarized presidential election in which blacks strongly supported Barack Obama while many whites stayed home.
Had people voted last November at the same rates they did in 2004, when black turnout was below its current historic levels, Republican Mitt Romney would have won narrowly, according to an analysis conducted for The Associated Press.
I think many of the so called independents stayed home. Anyone that can not make up their mind until election day should not be able to vote anyway.
Another group that stayed home were those who supported folks like Santorum. Single issue people. They are Republicans in name only.
Last, how many illegal ballots were cast? We know of a few precincts where even the poll workers voted early and often. How many precincts were thrown for Obama?
I would not be at all surprised that if the factors mentioned above were not at play, Obama would not have been re-elected.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
One of the hundreds bought by Homeland
We met a newly minted Economics Ph.d who had never heard of Friedman. His specialty International Studies. Any degree in studies means you don’t know shit.
Ahead of his time?
Just the place, let the drug users out and put the liberals in.
Donald Kagan is engaging in one last argument. For his "farewell lecture" at Yale, the 80-year-old scholar of ancient Greece uncorked a biting critique of American higher education.
Universities, he proposed, are failing students and hurting American democracy. Curricula are "individualized, unfocused and scattered." On campus, he said, "I find a kind of cultural void, an ignorance of the past, a sense of rootlessness and aimlessness." Rare are "faculty with atypical views," he charged. "Still rarer is an informed understanding of the traditions and institutions of our Western civilization and of our country and an appreciation of their special qualities and values." He counseled schools to adopt "a common core of studies" in the history, literature and philosophy "of our culture." By "our" he means Western.
Democracy, wrote Mr. Kagan in "Pericles of Athens" (1991), is "one of the rarest, most delicate and fragile flowers in the jungle of human experience." It relies on "free, autonomous and self-reliant" citizens and "extraordinary leadership" to flourish, even survive.
Friday, April 26, 2013
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the seasonally adjusted official unemployment rate for February fell to a four-year national low of 7.7%. While the White House cautiously congratulated itself, Republicans quickly pointed to what is often called the real unemployment rate; it stood at 14.3%.
The BLS looks at six categories of different data, from U-1 to U-6, to analyze employment every month. U-3 includes people who have been unemployed but who have actively looked for work during the past month; this is the official unemployment rate used by the media. U-6 contains data excluded from U-3, including part-time workers and the unemployed who have unsuccessfully looked for a job in the last year; this is the real unemployment rate.
Now there is fresh reason to believe that even the 14.3% rate may be a considerable understatement.
Since the economy began its slow, slow recovery in late 2009, we’ve been averaging about 150,000 jobs created per month. In that same period every month, almost 250,000 people have been applying for disability. That’s right, more go on disability each month than get a job.
Why do disability figures skew the unemployment rate? The people on federal disability do not work. Yet because they are not technically part of the labor force, they are not counted among the unemployed.” They become the invisible unemployed.
What Explains the Rise in Disability Payouts?
The precipitous rise in disability claims comes from the unintended consequences of political maneuvering.
“The End of Welfare as We Know It” was announced in 1996 when President Clinton signed a reform act intended to move people off welfare rolls and into jobs. Clinton “encouraged” the individual states to push for the transition by making them fund a much larger share of their welfare programs. To encourage the individual recipients, the reforms also capped the length of time a person was eligible for welfare.
The incentive worked on the states, but not in the manner intended. Each person on welfare became a continuing cost for a state, but each person who moved onto disability saved the state money, because Social Security disability insurance is fully funded by the federal government.
The “PCG [Public Consulting Group] is a private company that states pay to comb their welfare rolls and move as many people as possible onto disability... The company has an office in eastern Washington state that’s basically a call center, full of head-setted people in cubicles who make calls to potentially disabled Americans, trying to help them discover and document their disabilities.”
A recent contract between PCG and the state of Missouri offered PCG $2,300 per person it shifted from welfare to disability.
Disability is easier to qualify for than welfare and has no time limit. Moreover, those on disability qualify for Medicare and other benefits, as well as receive payments roughly equal to a minimum- wage job. Only 1% of those who go onto disability leave to rejoin the workforce.
Conclusion: What Is the Actual Unemployment Rate?
If neither the official (U-3) nor the real (U-6) unemployment rate can be trusted, then how can we ascertain a more reliable rate? No one knows for sure, but the economic trend-monitoring site Investment Watch concluded that the actual American unemployment rate -- one that includes all unemployed -- is around 30%.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The volcanic eruption in Iceland, since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet - all of you.
Of course you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress - it’s that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans and all animal life.
I know, it's very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of: driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish your kid's "The Green Revolution" science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your 50 cents light bulbs with $10.00 light bulbs ...well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just four days.
The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth's atmosphere in just four days - yes - FOUR DAYS ONLY by that volcano in Iceland, has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon. And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud at any one time - EVERY DAY.
I don't really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention that when the volcano Mt Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted in all its years on earth. Yes folks, Mt Pinatubo was active for over one year - think about it.
Of course I shouldn't spoil this touchy-feely tree-hugging moment and mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognized 800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keep happening, despite our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change.
And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud but the fact of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western USA and Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two to three years. And it happens every year.
Just remember that your government just tried to impose a whopping carbon tax on you on the basis of the bogus “human-caused” climate change scenario.
Hey, isn’t it interesting how they don’t mention “Global Warming” any more, but just“Climate Change” - you know why? It’s because the planet has COOLED by 0.7 degrees in the past century and these global warming bull artists got caught with their pants down.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
“We want a society where people are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. This is what we mean by a moral society; not a society where the state is responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the state.”
Baroness Margaret Thatcher
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I have advocated for same sex unions for some time. I use union, rather than marriage to get around those who consider marriage reserved to men and women. I figure that in another generation or two it will be a difference without distinction and union can be discarded.
No matter what most religions proclaim, homosexuality is quite normal, not only in humans, but animals and don’t ever think about all the odd behavior in the plant world. Homosexuality is not a choice unless you are willing to grant such choice to all animals.
Justice Scalia arguments have always made sense to me, no matter what the topic. He has brought my thinking around to his more than once.
Yesterday, he cut to the chase with one sentence.
"When did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage?" conservative Justice Antonin Scalia demanded of Mr. Olson in one of several heated exchanges. In "1791? 1868, when the 14th Amendment was adopted?"
Indeed! No moral argument required. No need to bring up injustice. It is simple, states can not enact laws that are unconstitutional.
Monday, March 25, 2013
From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli
At least the Marines got two place names where they first fought firmly grounded in popular history in the Marine Hymn. I will bet that half of Americans could not correctly place Tripoli in same country as Benghazi. I would wager that even fewer know the meaning behind the reference to Tripoli. They probably have never heard of Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon.
You might have heard of the A Shau Valley or perhaps the Ia Drang Valley. Perhaps of Huế, and certainly of the My Lai Massacre. Maybe you know the name of one the 58,000 Americans that died in Vietnam.
For a decade, hundreds of thousands of Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most for multiple tours. Some have died. More wounded. All marked for life by the horror of war. You may not know the names of any of them.
I wonder how many place names you can name where these faceless Americans have fought? Perhaps Fallujah rings a bell? Maybe Tora-Bora? The news junkies might recall Operation Anaconda. Anywhere else?
Most of the Afghanistan war has been in remote places, places where reporters don’t go. Places that are not important to civilians like the Dai Chopan district.
The Vietnam War was covered daily by all three networks. Even dishonest Dan Rather adopted a military reporter’s dress and covered both the Vietnam and the first Afgan war from safe positions.
I think civilians are more disconnected from this war than any war before. You may not have heard of Peleliu, but it was in the headlines when the Marines landed there in 1944. The places where our military fights now is lost on the civilians.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
When I heard the Dead's (1970) do Ship Of Fools this morning it took on a new meaning for me.
The first two stanza's:
Went to see the captain, strangest I could find,
Laid my proposition down, laid it on the line.
I won't slave for beggar's pay, likewise gold and jewels,
But I would slave to learn the way to sink your ship of fools.
Ship of fools on a cruel sea, ship of fools sail away from me.
It was later than I thought when I first believed you,
Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools.
From Wikipedia: The ship of fools is an allegory that has long been a fixture in Western literature and art. The allegory depicts a vessel populated by human inhabitants who are deranged, frivolous, or oblivious passengers aboard a ship without a pilot, and seemingly ignorant of their own direction. This concept makes up the framework of the 15th century book Ship of Fools (1494) by Sebastian Brant.
Well they are laughing at me right now. I would slave to learn the way to sink their ship.
Friday, February 15, 2013
What can brain scans reveal about a person’s political beliefs?
If you want to know people’s politics, tradition said to study their parents. In fact, the party affiliation of someone’s parents can predict the child’s political leanings about around 70 percent of the time.
But new research, published yesterday in the journal PLOS ONE, suggests what mom and dad think isn’t the endgame when it comes to shaping a person’s political identity. Ideological differences between partisans may reflect distinct neural processes, and they can predict who’s right and who’s left of center with 82.9 percent accuracy, outperforming the “your parents pick your party” model.
The study matched publicly available party registration records with the names of 82 American participants whose risk-taking behavior during a gambling experiment was monitored by brain scans. The researchers found that liberals and conservatives don’t differ in the risks they do or don’t take, but their brain activity does vary while they’re making decisions.
Previous research has shown that during MRI scans, areas linked to broad social connectedness, which involves friends and the world at large, light up in Democrats’ brains. Republicans, on the other hand, show more neural activity in parts of the brain associated with tight social connectedness, which focuses on family and country.
Other scans have shown that brain regions associated with risk and uncertainty, such as the fear-processing amygdala, differ in structure in liberals and conservatives. And different architecture means different behavior. Liberals tend to seek out novelty and uncertainty, while conservatives exhibit strong changes in attitude to threatening situations. The former are more willing to accept risk, while the latter tends to have more intense physical reactions to threatening stimuli.
Building on this, the new research shows that Democrats exhibited significantly greater activity in the left insula, a region associated with social and self-awareness, during the task. Republicans, however, showed significantly greater activity in the right amygdala, a region involved in our fight-or flight response system.
Friday, February 1, 2013
From the World Health Organization: The 2012 murder rate per 100,000 citizens. Skim down to the bottom of the list.
El Salvador 69.2
Cote d'lvoire 56.9
US Virgin Islands 39.2
Saint Kits and Nevis 38.2
Trinidad and Tobago 35.2
South Africa 31.8
Central African Republic 29.3
Puerto Rico 26.2
Saint Lucia 25.2
Dominican Republic 25.0
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 22.9
Democratic Republic of the Congo 21.7
Equatorial Guinea 20.7
Burkina Faso 18.0
North Korea 15.2
Sierra Leone 14.9
French Guiana 13.3
Papua New Guinea 13.0
Cape Verde 11.6
Costa Rica 10.0
Turks and Caicos Islands 8.7
British Virgin Islands 8.6
Cayman Islands 8.4
Antigua and Barbuda 6.8
The United States 4.2 (down from 5.6 in 2001)
ALL the countries above America have 100% gun bans
Contradicts what some politicians & the media would have us believe, doesn't it?
Thursday, January 31, 2013
"Liberalism is a mental disorder. Common sense is the cure." - Ronald Reagan
I grew up in a conservative Christian family. I rebelled and embraced liberal slogans. The older I got, the more I noticed that liberal solutions were not getting the job done. In fact, they were doing harm. By 40, I had outgrown liberal ideas. By 50, I was a hard shell conservative.
Liberal ideals got a jump start with the 28th president Wilson. By the time Roosevelt and Truman were out of office liberal ideology was firmly in place and secure from threat. President Johnson advanced the cause mightily with Medicare. What seemed to be the right thing to do, the voting rights act, was a plan “to have them niggers voting Democratic for the next two hundred years.” Johnson’s crude racism strategy continues with Mexicans today. It’s not about immigration, it’s about votes.
Ann Coulter wrote a book about arguing with liberals. I read it but I can not recall her method. My method is not to argue. It’s a waste of time. They deal in slogans and ideals. I deal in facts. They ignore facts. One liberal was recently on a TV show and covered his ears to avoid hearing his opponent. Take the Snakehead, Debbie Wasserman Shultz. She is a prime example of being well trained to never answer a question, challenge a fact, but just talk about her message. Liberals only hear their hearts. You can not reason with them.
Arguing with liberals is like playing chess with a pigeon. No matter how good I am at chess, the pigeon is just going to knock over all the pieces, crap on the board, and strut around the table looking victorious.
Bill Maher, Michael Moore, etc. make a living ridiculing conservatives. Barry Hussein, Chuck Schummer, Maxine Waters, etc. attack my values with regularity. The New York Times, MSNBC et. al. is a daily smear for progressive causes. Conservatives want to be left alone. Liberals are not content to do likewise.They think they know what is best for me. I am way past tired of rolling over for liberals to stick it to me.
What’s my solution? I think Dogbert was on to something with grinding them up into a slurry for fracking.
Where I find facts: I have read the Wall Street Journal for over 40 years. Charles Krauthammer, Victor Davis Hanson, Thomas Sowell, etc. provide with me great insights.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Excerpts from the Friday January 25, Wall Street Journal
Some facts and figures for your consideration:
Today, entitlement programs account for nearly two-thirds of federal spending. In other words, welfare spending is nearly twice as much as defense, justice and everything else Washington does—combined.
Nearly half (49%) of Americans today live in homes receiving one or more government transfer benefits.
About 35% of Americans (well over 100 million people) are accepting money, goods or services from "means-tested" government programs-that is, benefits intended for the poor, such as Medicaid and food stamps. This percentage is twice as high as in the early 1980s. A third of all Americans receiving government entitlement transfers are seniors on Social Security and Medicare.
Got that? 1/3 of us are on programs such as Medicaid and food stamps and 1/3 are on Social Security. That leaves 1/3 of us to pay the bill.
It gets worse.
In December 2012, more than 8.8 million working-age men and women took disability payments from the government—nearly three times as many as in December 1990. That's more than the total number of employees in the manufacturing sector of the economy.
Yes, more are on disability than work in manufacturing.
The biggest increases in disability claims have been for "musculoskeletal" problems and mental disorders (including mood disorders). But as a practical matter, it is impossible for a health professional to ascertain conclusively whether or not a patient is suffering from back pains or sad feelings. However lawyers can determine if a person is eligible for disability. In fact, a cottage industry has grown up with lawyers and doctor's certifying the person is disabled. And the person never needs to even see the doctor.
Mr. Eberstadt is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of "A Nation of Takers: America's Entitlement Epidemic" (Templeton, 2012).