Country Living Series

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Free money

Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled Free Money.

14 comments:

  1. This article just made me think....

    Patrice, have I told you and that redundant feller lately how much you are loved and admired?

    As long as there are enough like you, America and her spirit will abide.

    A.McSp

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    1. Will you please comment on this new problem in education..."common core". Thanks, Sandy

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  2. One day on this very topic, my husband commented that he feels stupid for not taking advantage of the"system". I said well the reason you do the right thing is because it is the right thing.

    Nuff said. Linda in Louisiana.

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    1. Another Linda in Louisiana...
      I don't believe if 'Free Money' either. As you say it has to come from someone's pocket.
      And worse, the government.
      But that's what the government wants. For all of us to be beholden to them.
      One of my boys won't even take unemployment when he's out of work.
      One found when he did, that for the short term, it paid better than finding a job.
      Three years in England changed how he looked at government 'freebies'.

      Thanks for the post. Good read.

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  3. Patrice,
    I don't comment often since I don't have much original to say but I have to thank you for this post. I'm one of the people that gets 'free money' each month and although I easily qualify (multiple illnesses as well as being deaf) I've been getting a bad feeling recently each time a check comes from Uncle Sam, but I never do anything about it, until now. This post says what I have been feeling near to the tee and it's the final kick in the butt I needed to start looking for a job. A local fast food place is hiring, wish me luck :)
    A long time reader

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    1. I wish you sweet fervent luck, lots of it!!

      - Patrice

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  4. I can pinpoint the exact moment a 25-year friendship that I'd had with someone began to fall apart. I remember not being able to breathe.

    It was on the phone 18 months ago - in a revealing conversation eerily similar to the one you described in your piece - when I finally exclaimed to my lefty friend, "I don't WANT a "PROGRAM"! I want to do it myself!"

    We never recovered from that moment because we both realized then how far apart we were.

    Just Me

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  5. Best one yet, Patrice. The column, I mean. LIFE is not free. I started my college education on my own. No scholarships, but I had been saving (since the age of 12). I then had to make a choice: HOPE I can make enough over the summer, or try to stretch employment out through the Fall, and risk running 'afoul' of the draft. I did not choose wisely. So my last 3 year I had the 'benefit' of the GI Bill. Was that enough? No. It wasn't. Both myself and my wife had part-time jobs. Two of them. Job in town, and take care of cows, calves and heifers) when you're done in town. Did I LEARN anything? I'll let my friends and family decide on that. Did I EARN the GI Bill? Yes. I did. Every penny that has not been taken from me by a very greedy government has been hard-earned. I detest free stuff whatever the 'offering'. You can't go complacently. Anywhere. Not in my lifetime. Your kids and my kids will have a say in it as well.

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  6. I feel the same way about government money, but what do you think about private scholarships?

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    1. Private scholarships are just that -- private. They are voluntarily donated by an individual or organization to someone they feel deserves it. It doesn't come from money forcibly confiscated from taxpayers against their will.

      I'm ALL for private scholarships!!

      - Patrice

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  7. I guess I am like your old friend--but now that I have read your article, I'll be a better friend!! I love reading your insights!
    Thank you

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  8. My employer was acquired by a larger firm and the majority of us were "sent to the house". I had 19 years and 11 months in when that happened. The first few months I thought I was good with getting unemployment, then it started to wear on my heart, and I dropped it. Didn't get regular work, but managed to get some income and reduced the budget by 40%, and I'm still finding ways to cut expenses. Made up the shortfall from savings and dipping into the 401k. Heart all better now.

    Great article!

    brenda from ar

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  9. This is why my friends and family can't understand why we won't sign up for WIC, even though we qualify. Even if it was "free" (and it's not), these types of entitlements change you. I don't want to even take one step down that slippery path. Plus, I take real pride in saying that I fulfill the God-given role as provider. My children look to me (and God) for provision. Not "big daddy" government.

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