Lie upon lie upon lie upon...Question: What is the proper role of government?
Answer: It's NOT in being a "safety net!"
There is a time and a place for everything. The government of the United States was designed to protect the nation while staying out of the way of individuals. This ensured the greatest level of freedom ever known on the face of the earth (please remember my diatribe on the difference between liberty and freedom). Somehow politicians have turned the US government into something else. In trying to be everything to everybody, the Federal Government has reduced the level of freedom that we have. And this is not a new phenomenon. Read Walter E. Williams article on the history of social security:
Walter E. Williams: Social Security deceit (Hat tip to The Royal Flush for the link.)
Don't get me wrong, people need a "safety net." But a net that is designed, tailored and implemented for each individual community serves to draw the community together. When people are helping other people living "just down the street", everyone benefits. Social Security is NOT a function of the Federal Government.