I grew up learning that the more someone else did for me, the less successful I felt. I wonder if we still collectively believe that.
“Four years ago we began to change, forever I hope, our assumptions about government and its place in our lives. Out of that change has come great and robust growth – in our confidence, our economy, and our role in the world.
Tonight America is stronger because of the values that we hold dear. We believe faith and freedom must be our guiding stars, for they show us truth, they make us brave, give us hope, and leave us wiser than we were. Our progress began not in Washington, DC, but in the hearts of our families, communities, workplaces, and voluntary groups which, together, are unleashing the invincible spirit of one great nation under God.”
Ronald Reagan February 6, 1985 State Of The Union Address
It seems logical that when people look to themselves and their efforts that government needs to do less for them. As it should be.