We have a system that is unsustainable. Gimmicks like the payroll tax holiday are just that, gimmicks, and should be called that. In a normal free society, a watchdog press would do that. But we don’t have a watchdog media,we have an activist media more intent on propagating its point of view than in calling bullshit on stupidity. And so, here we are.
In the abstract, people love the concept of change but in the concrete, they want it to only apply to other people. No one is willing to give up their free pony, not even if they subconsciously realize that the pony will be taken away by necessity at some point. We have benefits with built-in disincentives to regaining self-sufficiency, we have people who will get more out of certain programs than they ever put in but they see no problem with that, and we have an increasingly lazy populace that believes govt always knows best, despite ample evidence to the contrary.
Self-indulgent pricks. It’s who we have become. It’s who we shown every sign of remaining for a long time. It’s not the mark of a republic that values liberty, self-reliance, or limited govt. It’s embarrassing.