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Forum Post: When need becomes want

Posted 2 years ago on Dec. 29, 2012, 11:42 a.m. EST by highlander (-163)
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I hope you all had a merry christmas, hannakah, dwanza or whatever you celebrate at this time of year.
At this time every year, a few might look at what they receive and wish they got more. My oldest daughter did. Amid our talking, she mentioned that she didn't need a new gaming system. That got me thinking. What does one really need? There are calls for a living wage. There are mentionings about a millionaire only needing a small percentage of their millions. But who dictates what a person needs and by what standards do they dictate what is a need? In light of the looming debt and budget deficit, this becomes a vital question. A person needs, basically, food, shelter, and clothing. Yes, that is very, very spartan, but, in essence, that is it; millions in developing countries would be happy with that. Does an individual need a TV? How about a new vehicle? When the government is footing the bill, these are legitimate concerns. When one talks about Entitlement reform, lets start with the premise that it is not the government's place to dictate what is a need or a want. What about putting government assistance back to the basics; enough to help them get back on their feet. The key is to make government assistance less desirable than making your own way and earning money to buy what you want. This is just a basic idea. Any opinions?



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