Yesterday, 04:12 PM
It *is* pipe dream nonsense, which was my point. Government has already spoiled a lot of fields to the point that their "income is derived from Government"; competition is shut down or aggressively discouraged, and the person twenty rungs down the ladder who can only manage to get a job at WalMart to avoid welfare is still deriving their income from Government, with no real say other than searching out a job in an industry whose major payments do not come from Government.
Then there's industries who benefit from subsidies, even if their income doesn't come directly via contracts, or who benefit from tax structures tilted in their industry's favor, or regulations along those lines. It's gone on for so long that many companies would simply sink if the Government withdrew its tentacles all at once. That doesn't mean they shouldn't, but it does mean that deciding voting the way that was being discussed is not that simple.
A direct check? Depends. You've got to decide how you're categorizing things. Is a settlement a Government check? Is Medicare? Unemployment? Social Security? Some of these are more under the "entitlement" umbrella than others. All touch on Government meddling and dependence. Knowing our lovely overlords, they would spend billions on a "Recategorization Committee" to make the decision :(