The Dependency Crisis

More Americans live off government, and the Obama administration is encouraging the trend


by Pete du Pont

Source: The Wall Street Journal

For the past several years, America's public policy has been changing, not by chance but by an intentional effort to reshape our nation. The goal of the current federal government, led by the Obama administration, is to expand its influence and control of everything. Its regulatory policies, unprecedented peacetime spending increases, and expanding influence over private decision-making serve to increase government's reach into everything, from schools, businesses, banks, families and individuals, to cars, roads, and personal health care.

The continual push of the Obama administration toward government-centric policies and large spending increases has compounded the lack of control of federal spending during the Bush administration. As a result, more and more Americans are dependent on the federal government. But what may be even more surprising is the historic magnitude of this increase in dependency on government.

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