What I Believe | Randy Hekman for Senate 2012
America was built on the belief that government’s role is to create an environment in which a free people can use their God-given creativity and initiative to create wealth and to expand the economy, allowing a growing standard of living for all.
But government has become the ultimate nanny, boasting that it has resources sufficient to spare our citizens from all the ills of modern life. Government now is the source of food, clothing, shelter, and medical care.
The American Welfare State is now trapping a growing segment of citizens into a cycle of poverty and dependency, relegating real people to a substandard living that is far less than what they could achieve if the welfare state was properly reformed.
This tragedy is immense.
I propose a deliberate and gradual replacement of government welfare with assistance provided by non-profits, churches, and extended families.
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