Mike Rowse A voice from New Mexico

20Jun/170

Who takes care of whom?

I think we have been seeing a fundamental change in our society and our belief system over the last 4 to 5 decades. At least since the 1960s most of the problems that we have faced as a society, more of us have looked to the government to solve those problems than at any other time in our history. We have talked to a number of times on these pages and on the radio show, for example, about how the government never got involved in the private sector of our economy. Whenever there was an economic downturn the government stay out of it and market forces corrected things relatively quickly. That changed in the 1930s with Franklin Roosevelt and His social programs to help people in need economically. But it wasn't until the 1960s under Lyndon Johnson that things really began to pick up speed.

Whether it's been civil rights, poverty, retirement income, gender equality, save the panda bear, whatever the problem might be it was usually up to us as a people to foment the change. Now don't get me wrong, government needed to step in at certain times to enact laws that we the people wanted but the real change in society had to come from the people themselves making changes to the way they lived. it also was up to us to help others in need.

For years it was private donations that kept many of these organizations trying to help others or make change in society running. Whether it was the YWCA or YMCA helping out homeless people or soup kitchens, or charitable organizations that started hospitals or relief efforts such as the Red Cross, they did not look to the government for funding.

But we begun to see more and more people believe that government should be the solution because in some way shape or form we began teaching our children that the government is the only entity that can solve the problem. Sometimes it's because we believe that they're the only ones with the money or they're the only ones that can do it equitably and without bias or discrimination. I think that teaching has been absolutely wrong and ignores history, but that is what our children have been taught since the 60s.

I think is a direct result of that education, there's a new survey that says millennials are only willing to give $10 or less a year to help solve global warming. 82% of millennial's would give less than $100 a year. The authors of the survey do not go into why this generation is not willing to give money but as I said for the last 20 to 30 years especially these children have been told that the government must be the ones making the change. They are the ones that have not seen how our generation or previous generations pitched in to help out society, to solve the problems that faced us.

And remember this, this generation of millennial's has been told for most of their life if not all of it that global warming is the number one threat facing them today. They have been told that if we do not solve the problem of man-made global warming their Earth will not be here when they are 65 years old. Mankind will be wiped out which means all other problems that face us are minuscule in comparison. Yet this generation is not willing to give even $10 a year to help solve the problem? That to me is unbelievable. If you truly believe that this was the major problem facing you wouldn't you be willing to give much more of your income to help solve it and save the world not only for yourself children? Apparently not.

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