SCHWARZWALDER: Are we all dependents now?

Growth of entitlements attacks self-reliance

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At a time when our economy remains anemic, less government means more prosperity. A dramatically transformed system of benefits will not only buoy these programs financially but also encourage more people to take risks.

With all of this, the long-term prosperity of any society rests on the firm foundation of strong families: monogamous mothers and fathers and their children. The stable family is the greatest economic resource we have. As my colleagues Pat Fagan and Henry Potrykus and I have argued, unless we have an adequate and growing supply of current and future workers (yes, that means children), “We cannot tax, spend and borrow enough to substitute for marriage.”

Risks are essential to our economic future and marriage is, admittedly but joyously, a risk. To avoid risks on the presupposition that ever-Bigger Brother always will assume a God-like omni-benevolence is, in a profound way, un-American.

Rob Schwarzwalder is senior vice president at the Family Research Council.

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