"A man came back from the Korean War and went to college on the GI Bill, bought his home with an FHA loan, saw his kids born in a VA hospital, started a hardware business with SBA loans and advice, got his electricity from TVA, and his water from and EPA project. His parents retired to a farm on Social Security, a farm in which they got their electricity from REA, and their soil testing through USDA. When his father became very ill recently, the family was saved from financial disaster by Medicare, and a life was saved with a drug developed through NIH research. His kids participated in the school lunch program, were taught math and physics in high school by teachers retrained in an NSF program, and were able to go to college through the guaranteed student loans. He drove his car to work everyday on the interstate, and moored his boat in a channel dredged by the Army Corps of Engineers. When floods hit his town a couple of years back, he took Amtrak to Washington DC to apply for disaster relief, and, awaiting his meeting, he spent part of his day visiting the Smithsonian Museums and the Washington Monument.
"And then, after all that was said and done, he sat down one day and wrote his congressman an angry letter asking the federal government to get off his back, and he complained about paying taxes for all those programs going to ungrateful people who were getting a free ride."
Senator Fritz Hollings, (D-SC), quoted by George Will in "The New Season," published in 1987.
· 1 decade ago