It’s unclear who actually first used the aphorism “Democracy can only survive until the people discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury”. I’d always thought it was De Tocqueville, but a cursory search shows it could also be anyone from King George III to Jessica Simpson. I just don’t know.
And, given yesterday’s news that Americans depend more on government than ever before…
Without record levels of welfare, unemployment and other government benefits as well as tax cuts last year, the income of U.S. households would have plunged by an astonishing $723 billion — more than four times the record $167 billion drop reported last month by the Commerce Department.
…and get more in bennies than they pay in taxes…
Moreover, for the first time since the Great Depression, Americans took more aid from the government than they paid in taxes.
…it’s really a lot less important to know who said it, and more important to see if the unnamed sage was correct.
Because we may just find out, here.