The United States recently observed the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration as President. In his inaugural address, Kennedy instructed his fellow citizens to, “ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.” JFK was telling Americans not only to be self reliant, but to also give back to their country. This came from a Democrat! My, how things have changed in 50 years. When I watched the State of the Union address last week, our current President bragged about the new government programs instituted under his watch and ticked off a laundry list of new programs that the federal government needs to create. When Republicans occupy the White House, the story isn’t any different. From Cash for Clunkers to Free and Reduced Lunch, Social Security to the new healthcare law, and from the First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit to earmarks for pet projects, the American people are constantly looking for and expecting government to do things for them. In order to win elections, politicians from both parties are more than willing to oblige. I am afraid that John F. Kennedy would be saddened with Americans’ selfishness and reliance on government.

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