I mentioned this earlier, but I went back and transcribed the entire question asked by one man in Barack Obama’s Elkhart, Indiana town hall meeting. I did so because I think it’s representative of the entitlement mentality that has spread as a result of decades of liberalism, and reflective of the type of sentiment that will make it particularly difficult for conservatives to fight the growth of government during economic crisis:
“I also just want to be very thrilled to be in the presence of you, because we’ve been looking for a change. We are truly tired of the economics that we have been getting, that has gotten us into the position that we’re in. That theory has been a trickle down, we need to trickle up. So I would hope, in your philosophy, of trying to kick-start the economy, that the money is directly to the people that have homes that have foreclosed, the people that have lost jobs. To try to give it to a bank, and give a low interest rate, and the person whose home is being foreclosed don’t have a job, don’t help anybody. It’s a sale that nobody can take advantage of because they ain’t got no money. So, I would hope, and I pray, that you would support the people that got you into the office, we the people, not the fat cat. We the people, whereas the money is directly in the hands of the people who are hurting. Whereas we don’t have to worry about going to the state, going to the federal government, standing in line somewhere. Send that check to our mailbox.”
It’s scary, but I heard this sort of thing in town hall meetings all across the country last year.