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Your Opinion: Young people must take responsibility

Dear Editor:

A Houston principal now offers students $100 if they get a dropout to return to high school, another example of liberals “all carrot and no stick” approach. Actually there is a government “stick,” it is the higher taxes used by the government to beat those who are responsible citizens. 

Everyone who has any influence over youth should be drilling into them that they are responsible for the choices they make. Youth need to be told that if they choose to not to take advantage of a free education, they are the ones responsible for the reduction in their earning potential. They need to be told that they, and only they, are responsible for the consequences should they choose to have unprotected sex. They need to be told that if they choose to get pregnant while a teenager, they are dramatically increasing the chance that they, and their child, will live in poverty. (Births to unwed women continue to skyrocket. Government forces taxpayers to pay for nearly half of all births in the nation, so much for all the additional sex education in schools.)

On the positive side we need to be telling youth that, even with the oppressive government in DC, they can be successful if they couple good judgment with hard work. They need to be told that they there are other options than the obscene cost of a college education. Last year a Forbes article discussed the need for skilled tradesmen, and their average salaries. For the top 20 “blue collar” jobs average salaries ranged from $51,000 to $74,000 per year.  

According to the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) we spent over one trillion dollars on welfare in 2011, enough to send a $60,000 check to every household in poverty. From 2008 to 2011 welfare spending increased by 32 percent. The CBO estimates that just federal government welfare spending will balloon to nearly $1.4 trillion by 2022.

The figures noted are the total for all “means tested spending”, meaning that you have to be below a certain income level to qualify for the handouts.

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