From Matthew Continetti:
When Obama says his budget heralds “a new era of responsibility,” he’s not talking about individual responsibility, or the responsibility of families to raise the next generation. Nor does he mean government’s responsibility to provide for a decent measure of social and national security, and a legal and regulatory framework that allows civil society and the free market to flourish. No, Obama is talking about the responsibilities government is going to impose on us in the form of higher taxes. The upshot is more government, and still more debt. Not to mention a dependent citizenry.
A new era of responsibility — to the state. In this new era, you are responsible for working for the state, and in return the state is responsible for taking care of your needs.
Oh, and while the state is caring for you from cradle to grave, it also gets to control your life. All for your own good, of course.
(One question: if we can depend on the state to provide for all our needs, whether or not we choose to work, does not this new era of responsibility actually encourage irresponsibility? Just asking while I still can — before the state outlaws dissension for the common good.)