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Words of deTocqueville ring all too true today


Date published: 10/7/2012

Words of deTocqueville ring all too true today

After his visit to America in 1831-32, Alexis deTocqueville wrote "Democracy in America." In his masterpiece, de Tocqueville states, "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." This state of affairs is what we face in America.

For over 40 months, unemployment has remained above 8 percent. The number of unemployed is much higher because many people have stopped looking for work and are no longer included in the jobless statistics. The time for receiving unemployment compensation, an entitlement, has been extended.

The amount of the budget spent on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, has grown to an astonishing $81 billion, more than doubling since Obama has been in office. In fact, 47 million Americans, citizens and noncitizens, are on SNAP. As stated by The Daily Caller, "The food stamp program has increased 100 percent under President Barack Obama." According to the Senate Budget Committee, "Spending on food stamps alone is projected to reach $800 billion over the next decade."

SNAP and unemployment benefits are but two entitlements. Who pays for all the entitlements? The taxpayers, that's who! Regrettably, many people pay no taxes.

Knowing this, it would be wise to pay heed once again to deTocqueville: "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse [assistance/money] from the public treasury."

Let's keep our republic alive. Obama knows redistribution by taxation will buy votes. We the people need to vote for what's best for the nation instead of individual, temporary comfort. On Nov. 6, vote for Romney and Ryan to restore our republic.

Eleanor Montgomery

Madison