Republicans, It’s Now Or Never: Don’t Kick This Can Down The Road Yet Again

Written by Candace Hardin on December 28, 2017

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is planning on introducing entitlement reform into Congress in 2018. His idea, along with the President, is to get those who are able to work back into the workforce and helping only those in true need.

Ryan said, “There is never a convenient time to tackle entitlement reform.” Ryan is in favor of switching the responsibility of the entitlement to the individual states, as are other lawmakers, such as Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee. The states are closer to the people they will help and in a better position to determine who is in real need and who is a generational loafer.

Senate leader Mitch McConnell is against trying to change the status quo at this time, as it is an election year. He is in favor of improving and funding the infrastructure.

Both items are desperately in need of attention, but the worst part of this scenario is the division in the Republican Party. There should be a way of working together to accomplish their goals, especially since they have the majority in both the House and Senate, along with a President that would be more than glad to sign bills into law that fit his aggressive agenda.

So, what is the problem?

Mitch McConnell is viewing the angles in a political way and Ryan is listening (if can you believe it) to the voters who are demanding that the President and representatives they elected to fulfill the promised tasks.

Since 2018 is an important election year, many politicos are not going to make waves with potential voters.

The Democratic Party will never go for any type of entitlement reform as they represent the faction of society that still subscribes to Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty ideals.

However, instead of being an intended HAND UP, it has evolved into a HAND OUT that did not empower anyone, but raised a multigenerational legacy of loafers. These generations feel that they are “entitled” to it, therefore the term entitlements.

Please do not confuse Social Security with an entitlement. People who retire and draw social security made involuntary contributions along with matched amounts by their employer to have that money available to them at 62 and over. No one is giving them ANYTHING, they are simply collecting their savings. The same goes for Medicare.

No one is owed anything from anyone. There are no free lunches just as Will Rogers said many times. The Bible says that those who do not work, shall not eat.

This is not to say that people with legitimate medical reasons and those who need a push back on their feet shouldn’t receive it.

A healthy young person who CHOOSES NOT to take advantage of the public school system and opportunities for further education should not be allowed to be a financial drain on those who are productive. The industrious should not be punished because they did safeguard and prepare for their future.

This is a country where legal immigrants can come with a few dollars and a work ethic and can build a home and career that supports them. The key is hard work.

It is time for society to do these people the favor of demanding that they pull their weight.

Making life easy for an able person does not help them. It breeds sloth. It’s an outlet for mischief and crime. Work gives people a purpose, keeps their mind busy and sharp, off the streets and less likely to use drugs.

Voters need to call all of their representatives and demand that welfare reform AND infrastructure repair be key issues on the table in 2018. Then check the records and vote accordingly in November.

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Candace Hardin
Candace Hardin resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin and history. She is a columnist on and has a blog, Originally from North Carolina, her writing and beliefs have been heavily influenced by the Appalachian culture and tradition.