Originally Posted by lizzie
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.” — source unknown, but often attributed to Alexander Fraser Tytler, who lived from 1747 to 1813
Do we not see sure signs of the imminence of the disaster predicted in this quote? We're at a point, now, when nearly half of all households do not pay any federal income tax; with many of these households (probably a solid majority) being dependent on government handouts. A growing voter base with no motive to support fiscal restraint or responsibility on the part of government, but instead to support increasing government handouts to themselves, to be paid for by increasing taxes on the shrinking base of productive voters.
Nearly half of all households. We are very close to a disastrous tipping point. What will happen when this becomes more than half?