What angers me most about that GSA junket is the attitude of those who spent nearly one million dollars of our tax money on luxurious, even hedonistic living. This is the other side of the entitlement mentality coin. Poorer people think they are entitled to the money earned by the so-called rich, and some government workers think they are entitled to live as if they are rich because they are spending other people's money.
None of this should surprise us. While there are conscientious government workers -- most I would say -- there are others who have bought into the Obama lie that every dollar earned by someone else belongs at least in part to those who haven't earned it.
How did we get this way? Answer: Through our schools, politicians and media, who teach this bogus and harmful worldview. Ethics, morals, character, living within your means, respect for other people's property ... these are things that used to be taught at home and in culture. Now culture is the enemy of such things and as a result we get more of what is bad for us, like the notion that we are entitled to other people's money.
I'm Cal Thomas.
Publication date: April 18, 2012