How can you oppress a whole group of people and not call it slavery? Liberal Democrats have reintroduced slavery to America through welfare programs.

The mindset among some United States citizens never ceases to amaze me. A few weeks ago, a woman in Peoria, Illinois heckled GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a campaign stop. “So you’re all for like, ‘yay, freedom,’ and all this stuff. And ‘yay, like pursuit of happiness.’ You know what would make me happy? Free birth control.” Romney responded, “Let me tell you something, if you’re looking for free stuff that you don’t have to pay for: vote for the other guy; that’s what he’s all about.” Of course Romney received criticism for his response, but he answered it perfectly. Obama is indeed the “Food Stamp President” and Romney responded truthfully.

According to the Wall Street Journal, more than one in seven United States citizens uses food stamps. While welfare recipients are typically not doing the work to receive the benefits in return, they are slaves – slaves to the “Food Stamp President,” Barack Obama.

The Obama administration embraces this entitlement mentality. Our welfare system perpetuates dependency and fraud — two things common in the Obama administration. President Obama has not only greatly expanded welfare, but also “eliminated a program that aims to reduce the prevalence of single motherhood, one of the greatest contributors to poverty in the United States.” Additionally, the Food Stamp President’s 2011 budget increased total welfare spending to $953 billion, a 42% increase over welfare spending in 2008. Over the next decade, welfare spending is projected to cost taxpayers $10.3 trillion. Rather than the beloved mantra, “Yes We Can,” Obama should pick a new one: “No, you can’t. So I’ll just have the taxpayers pick up your tab.”

Conservatives are often criticized for being “stuck in the past,” while liberals are all about “change,” and “progress.” It’s not true. It’s the conservatives who advocate real reform; it’s just coming from a different angle. Conservative ideology seeks to change the corruption in office, not the foundation of America as manifested in the Constitution. The Constitution allows for the pursuit of happiness; those stuck on welfare for many years aren’t pursuing anything except obtaining others’ money for nothing. The implementation of these programs removes the natural consequences of hardship, so people don’t know how to deal with true devastation because they don’t have to. They don’t have to take care of themselves; the government will do it.

It is now seen as acceptable to “earn” money that way because advertisements and political elite encourage it. When Newt Gingrich labeled Obama as the “food stamp president,” Nancy Pelosi responded to the increase in food stamps by saying, “It is the biggest bang for the buck when you do food stamps and unemployment insurance — the biggest bang for the buck.” This arrogant comment essentially asserts that when the government gives out food stamps and people use them at the grocery store, it stimulates the economy (with taxpayers money) and helps people in poverty at the same time. It’s a question of paychecks or food stamps. Which do you think gives America “the biggest bang for the buck?”  The Obama administration knows what the real “bang for their buck” is — the electorate.

People who live on welfare raise welfare babies who expect the same free ride. This is a self-suppressed group of people who are constrained to a generational cycle of poverty, which is much too similar to slavery to be acceptable in today’s society.

Let’s revive the virtues of the American Dream, which looks different for everyone. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not about obtaining the most “stuff.” It’s about American morality and the freedom to pursue your dream – not the government’s. It’s about the ability to work, explore, and live the way you want to, experiencing the natural consequences of your decisions. The current welfare system keeps people reliant, enslaving them to people in a government who are not reliable and enabling this mess.

Danielle Cleveland | Carthage College | Kenosha, Wisconsin | @DConservative