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‘Social compact’ is killing America

April 27, 2011
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

On April 13, President Obama was talking at a town hall style meeting and mentioned the phrase "social compact." I had never heard this before, so I researched it.

In the Collins English Dictionary is states that "social compact (contract) is "an agreement, entered into by individuals, that results in the formation of the state or of organized society, the prime motive being the desire for protection, which entails the surrender of some or all personal liberties." I remember things that were said before the 2008 election, by then Sen. Obama, that disturbed me though they were largely ignored by everyone. Things like "spreading the wealth around." I again looked up this "social compact/contract and found in the American Heritage Dictionary the definition to be "an agreement among the members of an organized society or between the governed and the government defining and limiting the rights and duties of each."

I wonder, after the past two-plus years, if words matter. Is anyone really listening to what President Obama is saying? Can we afford another four years of his policies and the policies that he is telling us in his words?

President Bush was criticized for his spending, and I agree with it. It seems now that people are looking past what President Obama, the House and Senate are spending. We can't sustain this as a country. Now President Obama is talking about a "social compact?" This is not what this country is about, at least not the country I remember.

The entitlements in this country are going to be the death of it. I am all for the safety nets, though this nanny state we are turning into will not last. Sooner or later, they - meaning the government - is going to run out of other peoples money. The answer is always to raise the taxes. How about you stop spending more than you take in? Most American families do that, why can't the politicians figure this out?

We are the ones to blame. We are the ones who keep electing these fools. I guess we get what we deserve!

Kurt Speaker


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