Toughlove For Israel
Last weekend Ron Paul said the unthinkable: Israel needs to stand up on its own two feet and stop siphoning billions of dollars from American taxpayers. He said: “Why make Israel so dependent? They can't defend their borders without coming to us.”
[gasp] Blasphemy! What in God’s Name??? You can't say that! Israel is sacred. What's he gonna do next, start cutting farts during a church service?
And yet, Ron Paul was just echoing what conservatives have been saying for decades. Think of the pride and dignity Israel will have when it starts to pull its own weight and becomes a productive member of the world community.
Sure, it’s easier to just lie back and keep taking handouts from hardworking taxpayers. But it’s a trap. The Nanny State is seductive but it’s treacherous. Deep down inside, Israel knows it's unhealthy to be so needy and dependent. The Welfare State is a destroyer of incentives; it saps the work ethic.
Israel has been suffering under the Tyranny of Low Expectations. The kindest thing we could do is stop these addictive welfare payments NOW. It wouldn’t be a popular decision but it’s the right thing to do. Someday Israel will thank us.
cross-posted at Bring It On!