This week, the state of Utah took a giant step toward recovering its economy and protecting the rights of its people. Our wacky spend thrift federal government offered the state 100 million in extended long term unemployment benefits, and Utah said no.
As you can imagine, the liberal minority (see also endangered species) are up in arms about the poor people. The Salt Lake Tribune (the states anti-Mormon, communist newspaper) wrote an article about how it was cruel and stupid. I commented on the article trying to use mathematical logic to which the other readers responded with childish insults. They can shout all they want, we have a firm control of the government and that is not going to change.
There are a few things I would like the State legislators to improve on, but overall they are doing a great job. The states that become less dependent on federal funds will be the ones that can actually stand up to Washington's reckless and unconstitutional programs. It's one thing to demand Washington back off, it's another to put your money where your mouth is.
As big as this move is for states rights, it's an even greater move for the rights of the individual. By turning down 100 million in federal funds, the State has freed the people from 100 million in soul destroying welfare. There is no such thing as something for nothing, those who collect long term unemployment benefits give up the self respect that comes from earning a living. Long term unemployment benefits also divert money from more important programs and increase deficits.