WTF!? How can it be an honor to rely on the results of the efforts of the work of others? While there is a place in a society for charity and support for those who come on hard times, it is not charity when it is forced on the populace by the government's monopoly on the use of force, through taxation (argue the counter point with any seriousness) on the ever-decreasing segment of the population that is actually working. That is an unsustainable path. Jackson is so off-base and out of touch with reality. He is not much more than a figurehead, a tool used to maintain the division in the populace.
Presidential contender Newt Gingrich has slammed President Barack Obama as a "food-stamp president," but the Rev. Jesse Jackson says that it is an honor, not an insult.When Gingrich labeled Obama "the best food-stamp president in American history," he clearly meant that as a negative. But Jackson, speaking at his regular Saturday service at the Rainbow PUSH headquarters in Chicago, had a different take."It's an honor to be a food-stamp president. Food stamps feed the hungry. Food stamps feed the children. Food stamps help the farmer," the civil rights leader declared. "Food stamps help the truck driver. Food stamps help the warehouse. Food stamps help the store. Food stamps hire people (really?) and feed people. Food stamps save people from starvation and malnutrition.""Whenever you attack feeding the hungry, you undermine the moral authority of our faith," Jackson said.
Margret Thatcher said the trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money. Welfare is just that, a socialist effort to take from one population and give to another at threat of force (don't pay your taxes, go to prison). This is why I lean toward classical liberalism and libertarianism; the policy of outright non-violence is a necessity in a free society. As the federal government takes liberties from the individuals, it grows in strengthen and scope, though in direct contrast to the Constitution that authorized it's narrow scope in the first place.
It's hard to take a government, or even a politician (definitely not a statesman) seriously that promotes those proven failed methods to control and divide a populace. The Romans used the term divide et impera (Latin: divide and rule) to separate the populace, keeping the divisions pitted against each other. As long as the division is maintained, the populace is unable to come together and address those methods that are used to manipulate the populace in the first place. Any society that allows itself to follow that path is destined to collapse and fade into history.
Left and Right are both Wrong.