In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
You are right on the money, Patrice. I've been poor while having a good life, full of hard work, little money, lots of love and children. I had a college degree but chose to stay home and raise the kids. We farmed and ate what I grew or he killed while we survived during crop disasters that we forsook government aid to compensate for. It was a good life, lived within the boundaries of good choices. I'm not poor at this point in my life. If I so happen to be in the future, I am aware I can get along with out sucking the life out of my fellow tax payers, I don't need the mandated social services and dollars that go with them, just so I can have fungible income to pay for tattoos, piercing, TV's, cable and satellite, phone service, internet, or any other "rights" that are now deemed "needs" when they are actually "wants".
That column reminded me of Justice Clarance Thomas and his grandfather who raised him. If you haven't read it yet, I can recommend his book "My Grandfather's Son". Quite a story. Truly great men. TerryFlorida
A wonderful column, and oh, so correct. Here is a quote that fits:“You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.” Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United StatesIf the Liberals have a problem relating to the Khans try Star Parker. One thing I have found from my observations, most liberals need someone to look down on to reinforce their selfworth.
Sorry Patrice, I have to disagree with you here. Where is the "Sadistic"?Okay so I agree with you 100%. I grew up poor just never knew it. I had parents that I knew loved me, disciplined me, taught me, guided me and would die for me if needed, along with countless other "parents"I'm poor now, by someone elses standards, not mine! We may not be able to afford satellite T.V.(the only option where we live) but then why would we want to pay for crap, we get enough of that from our critters, LOL!Being "poor" is a state of mind not an act of living life to your fullest.Just sayinReno Redneck
I also have been poor and may still be based on government standards. I spent 10 years as a single mom with 3 kids and learned how to make all government support to stretch. For example, I used coupons while using my food stamps so they went farther, as well as bought basic food supplies and made cookies at home, not bought pre-made. There have been a few times when I have been dependent for government assistance, but never considered it a "way of life". It is a "hand up" not a "hand out". Now at a half century of age, I found myself unemployed 2 years ago but the past years of experience have helped me and my family to sustain ourselves. It is my understanding that people will only reach the expectations placed on them by people in authority. Thus, we are reaping what we sow.
I read your column, and I agree with you. Liberals just don't seem to have a clue.
When the SHTF we po' folk gonna have a lot less distance to fall, and there's something to be said for that.Likewise, our lives of frugality and creative resourcefulness will enable us in ways that can be life saving in both the long and the short term. These skills come automatically to us. Many of those without them will suffer for lack of them.I doubt anyone here would question why it's important to know how to build a one match fire, or find it odd to be asked how many ways they know to make fire.A. McSp
Okay. I agree with you. But - what about those children raised by people who depend on the system and sent to public schools? When/where do they learn about making good choices? If their parents aren't teaching them, the schools aren't teaching them? I don't think the answer is more welfare, I just am angry that there are these children swept along in the current....and I wonder what can be done for them to let them know there ARE OTHER choices out there to make.
Patrice, you are right on the money!!! There is no doubt, from what I've witnessed in my 38 years, that social programs are a trap for those who aren't willing to make the right choices. Those traps beget more people being trapped.