(By Sosamma Samuel-Burnett, Centennial Fellow) In November 1989, I was a junior at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. I had come of age during the Cold War and the world was evenly
(’76 Contributor) People, especially young people, often say that they don’t care about politics. They’re just not into it; they think politics doesn’t affect their lives. Even if they cared enough to get involved, they’re too busy with school or building careers and families, or trying to find a job after being laid off.
(“76 Contributor) A few weeks ago, I came across a challenging post on a conservative blog asking whether conservatives should ever use welfare programs. The author explained that he and his wife were expecting a child and that because their finances were tight, they were seriously, if compunctiously, considering the option of taking government money through a program called WIC, which hands out food stamps for families with young children. The author pointed out that as a conservative he had never thought of using a government program but that “now, with a child on the way, the idea of a little help sounds attractive.” Feeling guilty about the prospect of betraying his principles, the author countered that “if it would help and if [he didn’t] intend to continue on welfare after [he got] a full-time job, where’s the harm?” But was that a valid point? Hence the concluding question: “Should conservatives ever use government safety net programs and if so, under what circumstances?”
What sets Americans apart from people in so many other countries is that we actually like working. No, every job isn’t fun, but Americans understand the dignity that comes with work. We achieve a sense of self-reliance by producing something worthwhile, creatively using our unique talents, and providing security and opportunity for ourselves and our families.