Sleeping With the Nanny State

Last night, I walked through protests in the streets of Washington, DC. According to the news, this was not unique.  As I walked through the city, I was able to thank the officers who stood patiently at roadblocks, allowing these citizens to sit in busy intersections chanting “No justice, no peace” to the beat of a lone drum.

“No justice, no peace” has become a rallying cry of the disenfranchised.  Unfortunately, they are not completing the thought – “Know justice, know peace,”  most likely because they DON’T know justice.  These disruptive protests have become the new normal in the US and lately, news footage is full of images that make our civilized country look like any destabilized nation.  Is instability the new normal, too?

If it is, it’s hardly a surprise.  The minority populations struggled through the civil rights movement, aspiring to a promise of the safety and stability to build a future.  Instead, they have been relegated to inner cities, 21st Century reservations.  They have no role models to help overcome a welfare state that promises prosperity yet deprives them of it behind their backs.  The mentors that they do have are vilified and torn apart as a complicit press send the soothing message of big government, “why work so hard when WE take care of you?”  Yet, in caring for them, the nanny state has put a price on them.  It has defined their worth through assistance with formulaic increases based on family size, the price of a child.  No wonder this nanny state is invested in killing minority children.  They tell women to turn their back on conscience because it is the kinder thing to do, while they happily remove these dependents from the liability sheet.

We are a nation under the rule of law, not just the law of the land, but the law of nature as well.  A nanny state seeks to disrupt that law, defining common truths that we all know to be true and confusing citizens.  They know it’s not fair.  They know that there is no justice.  Nanny dependents recognize their oppression, but they cannot identify their oppressors. It is no wonder they are angry and frustrated. Under their anger, there is fear.  Fear of instability, fear of loosing control.  Fear so often hides behind anger.  Thus, fear is the true driver of violence.  These people are fighting for their lives, lives the nanny state has taken only to return in pieces.

Last year marked 50 years since the war on poverty began.  In a retrospective, Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute said that in 2012 state and federal governments had spent $952,000,000,000.00 on entitlement programs for the poor.  This breaks down to over $80,000.00 for a family of four that lives under the poverty line.  The 126 different programs funding the poor make it difficult to quantify their annual benefits, but if it were near $80,000.00, this would be a blog post about inflation, not anger.

While trillions are spent on the war on poverty and numbers of the impoverished remain stagnant at 23 million in 2012 vs. the 22 million in 1964, profits and wages are growing.  For instance, JP Morgan Chase is tasked with administering the EBT (food stamp) program in most states.  The sum of the contracts between the USDA and JP Morgan is over $560,000,000.00.  But for Chase, it’s more than contracts.  This program attracts the elusive unbanked crowd and turns them into yet another fee source.  Program participants are responsible to pay ATM fees, lost card fees, overage fees, and any other fee that Chase can add.  Since the decline of interest rates in the US, banks have adopted a fee-driven profit structure and this customer group is ripe for exploitation.

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that Chase has seen revenues nearly double since they got involved in the EBT program in 2004.  And for the sake of argument, let’s not forget that taxpayers bailed Chase bank out in 2008 – to the tune of $25,000,000,000.00.  I WISH that were a typo. This is just one example of our Federal government and it’s adulterous relationship with big business.  Unfortunately, just like when a father sleeps with the nanny, the children suffer.  They may not understand why they are angry, but they WILL act out.

It is always the most vulnerable who suffer first when leadership behaves in such a way that stability breaks down.  The media can tell us these riots are race-driven, but they are certainly not a race problem.  They are a behavior problem, a problem that comes naturally when a nation stands on a pile of lies.

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