Reagan quote is a warning to us today (complete list of previous cartoons)

I have put up lots of cartoons and posters from Dan Mitchell’s blog before and they have got lots of hits before. Many of them have dealt with the economy, eternal unemployment benefits, socialism,  Greece,  welfare state or on gun control.

I got to see Ronald Reagan in person speak in Nov of 1984 in Little Rock and after the speech I went outside with my girlfriend ( wife today) and stood on the corner waiting for the light to change. Then a car came by with Reagan and he waved at us. I turned around afterwards and saw that we were the only two on the corner and a warm feeling came over me. I just had the President of the USA just wave at me!!! WHAT A GREAT MAN HE WAS!!!

I love this poster with a Ronald Reagan quote on it that shows why socialism may take care of all our physical needs from birth to death but it doesn’t let us have the freedom to reach our true potential.

If you want some inspiration from Ronald Reagan, these brief remarks reveal his understanding of both economics of history (especially with regards to the other great president of the 20th century).

And this short video excerpt also gets me fired up to fight big government.

But maybe it’s also time to share a warning from the Gipper. Here’s a quote (which I’ve verified since not everything that lands in my inbox is necessarily accurate) about the perils of government dependency.

Reagan Slave Quote

This actually overstates the competence of government.

Communist nations, after all, didn’t do a very good job at providing food, shelter, and healthcare. Though, to be fair, there were quite proficient at turning people into slaves and prisoners.

We have a reverse problem in today’s welfare states. The people who produce the most are being coerced into turning over 50 percent of their earnings, which is sort of akin to the way the nobility treated serfs in medieval times.

Meanwhile, the “slaves” and “prisoners” wind up living rather comfortable lives, oftentimes bribed into government dependency because they can enjoy higher living standards by mooching rather than working.

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