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WATCH: Star Parker and Rep. Paul Ryan On Big Government

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Most conservatives would agree that Big Government has weakened the people, which in turn has weakened the country.

CURE‘s Star Parker interviewed Rep. Paul Ryan several years ago and asked him about government dependency. Big government programs are bankrupting the country, he said. “We want to make sure that these programs are working in a way that make people more independent and more on their own two feet.”

We need an “opportunity society” but also with a “sound safety net,” Rep. Ryan said. We don’t need a welfare state that lulls people into complacency and dependency.

Star asked Rep. Ryan about getting the message out to minorities, particularly blacks. Although 12 percent of the population, they account for about 30 percent of Medicaid. Two in five retired black households have Social Security as their only income source. How will the congressman get the message to these communities?

The people depending on Social Security alone will see a cut. “Shouldn’t we give people the right and the chance to make sure that this Social Security benefit is their private property that they own…it’s a nest egg that they can control, they can grow it faster?” People can leave something to their children when they die.

Rep. Ryan said he works with pastors to help get the message out. People in need can turn to each other in the form of charities rather than the government, and turning to the church is one way to do it. 

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