Prager U: The Government vs. the American Character

Jason Fertig

“It’s not clear that the young understand the future they face as the cost of these promises far exceeds the nation’s provision to pay for them.”

One would expect business students to be well-versed in the issues surrounding taxation, debt, and entitlements, but that's not necessarily true.  I do my best to think highly of my students, but one major source of frustration is their apathy towards "stuff that will affect them in the future."  As a case in point, when I conduct a debate over whether they would (1) prefer to keep all of their paycheck and pay taxes quarterly or (2) continue the process of employer withholding, the question is met with a combination of blank stares and the feeling that paying taxes themselves is too hard.  Many also admit to just looking at their net pay.  There is always the top 10% who are engaged and lively, but that’s not enough to generalize that all students even have a position.

If you know a college student or young adult, have them watch the latest Prager University course on the welfare state.  In the video, Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute explains how the explosions in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other welfare programs are changing the American character for the worse—from one that is focused on individual responsibility and giving, to one that is focused on grabbing as much of the pie as possible. 

(Best-selling author, columnist, and nationally syndicated radio host Dennis Prager created Prager University to counter the indoctrination, drivel, and apathy that pervades today’s college campuses.  With 5-minute, professionally produced videos from experts in economics, history, political science, and religion, PragerU offers big ideas on big topics, 5 minutes at a time.)

  • Share

Most Commented

October 25, 2022

1.

NAS President Peter Wood Addresses the Pending Racial Preferences Cases

Read NAS president Peter Wood's remarks on the upcoming Supreme Court cases, which he presented at a meeting of "Oasis," an informal group of academics and intellectuals based in......

July 25, 2022

2.

Against Transgenderism

The ideology of transgenderism strives to slam shut any door that offers opposition to its attempts to acquire power and control. This statement explains our opposition to such an ideology i......

October 20, 2022

3.

NAS Statement on Nomination of Ben Sasse for University of Florida President

We believe that Senator Sasse would make an excellent president of the University of Florida, and we urge the Board of Trustees to follow the search committee’s recommendation....

Most Read

May 15, 2015

1.

Where Did We Get the Idea That Only White People Can Be Racist?

A look at the double standard that has arisen regarding racism, illustrated recently by the reaction to a black professor's biased comments on Twitter....

October 12, 2010

2.

Ask a Scholar: What is the True Definition of Latino?

What does it mean to be Latino? Are only Latin American people Latino, or does the term apply to anyone whose language derived from Latin?...

May 12, 2017

3.

Harvard Prepares to Host All Black Graduation

Is Harvard's all black graduation a benign trend or a step backwards? ...