A recent story in the Washington Post, Poll shows Americans oppose entitlement cuts to deal with debt problem, brings to mind one of the major problems we have to deal with in preparing for the coming times. That problem is the entitlement mentality that seems so pervasive in the world today. Once upon a time people dealt with their situations as best they could, and almost always strove to better their situation. Today, many people sit back and let others provide for their needs.

The article deals with the issue of Medicare cuts to balance the feds budget, but unfortunately fails to address the far greater issue of welfare entitlements that drain the coffers while providing no positive benefit to the taxpayers of this nation. Why is that, I wonder? It’s a complicated issue, but the bottom line is that for all of what is to be in the future is to come about, then we have to learn to adhere to certain precepts, however false they may be.

The Scriptures tell us that we must care for the poor and disabled or otherwise needy people, and so we must provide for them. However, the Scriptures do not suggest that we let the government accomplish this task for us. And yet, as a society that is the position we have come to accept as the norm; the poor are entitled to government assistance, provided by the taxpayer funding that we not so willingly contribute through excessive taxation. The Medicaid program referred to in the above mentioned article only refers to a portion of what the entire spectrum of entitlement spending goes toward. Here are nineteen of the largest programs currently in operation by the various state and federal agencies;

  1. Social Security
  2. Medicare
  3. Grants to states: Medicaid
  4. Civil Service retirement and disability fund
  5. Unemployment compensation
  6. Military retirement fund
  7. Food stamps
  8. Supplemental security income
  9. Commodity Credit Corporation (farm income support)
  10. Veterans compensation and pensions
  11. Family support payments
  12. Payment where earned income credit exceeds liability for tax
  13. State child nutrition programs
  14. Guaranteed student loans
  15. Railroad retirement
  16. Payment for annuitants, employees health benefits
  17. Social services block grant
  18. Payments to states for foster care and adoption assistance
  19. Rehabilitation services and disability research

There are more of course, but this just goes to show the depth of the problem we have today. These programs amount to over 50% of the federal budget, and every one of them has become a do not touch program that buys a lot of votes for the senators and congressmen that support them. But in a reality, these programs are nothing but a Ponzi scheme that while we are paying dearly for today, will leave us with empty pockets tomorrow.

So what does all of this have to do with preparedness and survival planning? After all, if the government collapses there won’t be any more entitlement programs, will there? No there won’t, and therein lies the problem. People that rely upon these programs today have been trained that they deserve this assistance, these entitlements. They haven’t learned that life goes on, whether our needs are provided by our own efforts, or whether they are provided by a government bureaucracy. They don’t, and usually won’t fend for themselves. They live off of handouts and freebies provided by the all-benevolent welfare worker.

So what will they do when the welfare worker no longer shows up for work at the Department of Human Services complex? They’ll soon be pounding on your door looking for those handouts. And that’s where your planning kicks in, and hopefully kicks ass. You have to help those who are in need, but how do we determine who is needy, and who isn’t?

By studying various real time melt-down scenarios, such as the Katrina aftermath, various tsunami disasters, earthquakes and assorted large scale civil unrest events, we can better equip ourselves to deal with these entitled citizens in the event of a real breakdown in the community we live in. Or even better, we can decide what kind of community to move to so we won’t have to deal with this sort of calamity. Looting is almost a sacrosanct activity after the shock of the moment wears off and the grim reality of any situation sinks in. We’ve seen it in almost every major disaster, and where we haven’t seen it is simply because it wasn’t reported on. News outlets and reporters either failed, or simply refused to record and share that activity, for whatever their reasoning may have been.

Some of the ways that you can prepare for this eventuality will be to increase the level of security at your home. Install heavy doors on all exterior doorways, along with commercial grade locksets. Install barricade locks and bars on all windows. Provide for a way to cover all of your windows with plywood or metal sheets to discourage attempts at entry. Remove all foliage around your home that may provide for a hiding place for intruders. Install exterior lighting to cover all of your property.

Don’t let anyone know that you are a prepper and may have large food stores on hand. Hide your water storage and other assets from prying eyes. Heavy drapes and shades can shield the inside of your home from prying eyes. Do everything you can to prevent others from knowing what you have behind the walls of your home.

These mobs of roving zombie looters are after easy pickings, and the more valuable, the better. Usually led by brawn rather than brain, a well shielded property can be much safer if it looks like it has nothing to offer. Hide your toys in a windowless garage.

Those that have not will still want even though they are not able to receive food stamps, section eight housing and other benefits, and it’s been my observation that over the years an attitude has been nurtured in this group of people that leads them to believe that they are owed all that they receive. It has become their right, almost as if it a God given right supported by the constitution. They will be a problem when a societal collapse arrives, but not an insurmountable problem. Learn to deal with it now, and the solution will be at hand when the time to deal with it arrives.


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