Todd, thank you for saying what I would have liked to say but expressing it better.
I grew up in the good old days during the depression, and most of us were worse off in material goods than families on welfare today. However, we could still be happy, because we didn't realize how poor we were.
The government doesn't owe everyone in this country free health care, a roof over our heads and three meals a day. We have to borrow money from China to pay for what it does now provide. What ever happened to the idea of relying on ourselves?
I will gladly pay a lot more taxes if our benevolent government will only get off its borrowing and spending cycle. Socialism only works well in college textbooks.