November 16, 2010
The riots in London by students demanding more tuition help than the government can afford to give could be a prelude to what might happen here. I don't think unions will sit still while government jobs are reduced, though that is precisely a step which must be taken.
We can't go on spending the way we have been. The new British coalition government understands this. Unfortunately, the sense of entitlement and "freebies" has so penetrated our consciousness that large majorities now think money grows on trees and someone else should pick it and hand it to them.
This is an attitude and behavior that could have been predicted after a generation of parents indulged their kids in anything they wanted and convinced them that if they breathe, they should receive.
The notion of working hard for your own bread is an attitude in short supply today. So expect more demonstrations, riots and property damage from people who should have been spanked as children.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.