In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
Living in southern California, I could probably write a whole book on this topic. It really irritates me that welfare queens come into the place where I work with smart phones, nails done, nice car, etc. They want me to sign school attendance verification so their checks keep coming, before their kid is even enrolled. The think that really irks me is, I WORK, and I can't afford a smart phone, to have my nails done, and my car is 13 years old. I know I'm "preaching to the choir," but I think this is just wrong. I am tired of working hard just to fund those who are able, yet refuse to work.
Patrice, I have read most of your articles and this one you really hit out of the park. I don't know exactly what it was that made me read it, then read it again. Maybe it's that you, very eloquently, put to words what MOST Americans think. I shared this on Facebook. That should bring about a very amusing debate among my liberal friends.
Patrice, you hit the ball out of the park with this one. Someone has to say it! Thank you.
Patrice,While I applaud your work ethic and abhor laziness, I believe one should be careful in painting the picture of the 'squeaky wheel' with so broad of a stroke. As it has been said so many times, our leaders are trying to incite class warfare by driving a wedge between the haves and have nots. This type of rhetoric plays to their hand by fanning the flames. Those who still have jobs are so very fortunate that they have not fallen victim to off-shoring of their positions, and the good health to continue working. As long as our leaders refuse to address the problems which have brought us to this point, we will continue to have those that take advantage of the welfare system with us. But consider those who have given up looking for a job after years of looking. Those who will not find a job other than cleaning toilets (which by the way will not support even a family of three), because there are no jobs to be found that pay enough to keep up with inflation! They've all been sent to other countries. These people were blindsided by what happened. You read about them everyday. There are no liberals or conservatives when hunger calls, just desperate people living on the edge, and I would not include them in the same breath with welfare cheats and crooked politicians.Ralph,A liberty minded senior living in California.
Nice work, as usual, Patrice. I have a good friend who is a police officer, who works as security at the local DES office on his days off. Speaks volumes about the quality of their clientele that they need an armed officer there in uniform to keep the peace. Recently he had to ask some of these quality folks to step outside where he informed them that they were standing in line next to young children and if they did not stop lacing their loud conversation with profanity they would have to leave. (QUALITY people.) They started to complain that they were "just there to get their money." Holy cow, was that ever the wrong thing to say. My friend braced them for five minutes, telling them in no uncertain terms that it wasn't THEIR money. It was money earned by hard-working people with JOBS. On and on. What I wouldn't have given to have been there.Jeff - Tucson
The article states... The only solution possible is for everyone – citizens and politicians alike – to shuck the massive bureaucratic nightmare that has become our government, and get back to the streamlined republic envisioned by our Founding Fathers, ...I have to agree 100% with this.But the huge government spending isn't restricted to welfare and the like.Were the Founding Fathers a bunch of professional lifelong politicians ? No, they weren't. They were businessmen, printers, farmers, surveyors, etc. - people who had worked very hard to get where they were.I wonder what they would think if they saw our country with a large portion of the population employed for life by the government. Lifetime politicians, soldiers, bureaucrats, civil service, etc., the list is quite long of people who have never worked in the "regular guy" non-governmental world.True, these above aren't "sponging" or freeloading like the others you mention. However, somebody must pay their salaries, provide equipment and office space, buy their printer cartridges, etc. to the tune of tens of billions of dollars per year.That somebody would be you and me.- Charlie