Letter to the Editor

Alfred W. Evans, Gatesville , Texas

Waco Tribune Herald,

Waco, TX 18 Nov 2010


 

 


Put Me in Charge

Put me in charge of food stamps. I'd get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho's, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese, and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza ..... get a job.

Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I'd do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then we'll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and document all tattoos and piercings. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, smoke or get tats and piercings .... get a job.

Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your home will be subject to inspections anytime, and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360 .... get a job and your own place.

In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a government job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the common good.

Before you write that I've violated someone's rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules.. Before you say this would be demeaning and ruin their self esteem, consider that it wasn't that long ago when taking someone else's money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem.

If we are expected to pay for other people's mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.

 

Edie Says:

Is it something in the water down there?

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Actually, when they built those, they were probably pretty nice. They've been abused and neglected by the very people they were meant to help.
Also keep in mind our armed forces quarters are almost that bad.. as we give them places to fight yet we don't give them decent quarters when they are not out in the mud or sand. When one suggests cutting the military budget.. the unintended consequence is always the support for those soldiers.
I am one that thinks we should cut the military budget.  But we can cut it without compromising the troops.  There is much waste in the defense budget.

Being more Libertarian in bend I agree. If our mission in other country's is to win a specific mission that is in the Countries best interests so be it.

However in this one we will not win and do not even have an exit strategy that will make us look anything but weak and still no proof of what faction of those who may or may not live in those countries did us harm on 911.

 

Vengeance is never a good reason to attack a sovereign nation.

In the grand scheme of dollars spent it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the unfunded social programs are the thing crippling us financially. That piece of the pie has the rest beat to hell but you wouldn't know it listening to the Liberals however.

"How about we stop ALL welfare period."

 

I'm with you there.

You really mean it, Stop ALL Welfare? Do you know what that would do to the liberal Democratic base of voters? By Golly Miss Molly, we shant ever let that idea happen, but it could be more beneficial in the long run if experiments in sectors of the country were tried. Naw, let's just keep funding more atrocities and failure, it's where we want to stay for the future, at least Obama and Associates do.
In some areas I believe subsidized housing is a good thing - take Manhattan without subsidizes many low to middle income families would not be able to live and work in the city. Not everyone is a stock broker and can afford the high rent, but it is a huge tourist destination and the city depends on low wage workers to provide services to the wealthy and the tourists.

Lisa

I've thought about that. But what if there were no subsidies? The folks without the cash would have to move out, leaving a lot of unrented space. In order to rent those spaces prices would have to drop resulting in lower rent. I think subsidies keep  prices artificially high.

They do RJ look at things like the cost of education.. the cost of college skyrocketed about the time the government started heavily subsidizing education in the form of pell grants and student loans.

Before that happened most of us had to get college the old fashioned way and work our way through school. Now those days are next to impossible unless your just looking at a community college or tech school. Housing goes up in cost when someone else is picking up the tab.

I think to a point yes they would lower, but at this stage in the game I don't think it would be possible. Property taxes are astronomical - there is no way to cut them without giving up services which doesn't seem possible - regular trash is collected daily (I'm not sure how many times recyclable is collected in Manhattan, in Queens trash is picked up 3x a week with recyclables 2x. Then you have the large police and fire departments, a large maint dept. The list is on and on.

The whole point Lisa is the government in its noble desire to do everything for everyone has actually ended up pricing many out of NY. Liberals often talk about the difference in income from the rich or the poor and complain the Conservative policies are what is making the middle class shrink. Nothing could be father from the truth. In states with the most liberal government policies like NY or CA is where the middle class is the smallest. You tend to have as you said many immigrants servicing the Affluent. The immigrants are subsidized by the government and the Middle class simply makes the cost effective choice to move to an area where taxes allow them to prosper. Or.. If they stay they become part of the welfare state. You can easily  do a little research to see what areas of the U.S. still have a thriving middle class. Those will be areas where the government has not yet decided it needs to tax heavily and redistribute individuals monies to help make another persons life easier. 

Hint... Most of our automotive jobs did not move overseas.. They moved down south where state governments do not tax the hell out of industry. Michigan is the largest example of the middle class in exodus. In places like CA or NY you cant see the departure simply by looking at the net population loss as immigrants are still flooding in to take jobs middle class nationals cant not work for and keep off of the welfare rolls themselves.

I personally had to move east (ironically) to PA to find an area where jobs other than minimum wage are still being created. The town I now live in in PA actually has jobs in the paper other than Walmart or retail type jobs...( Great for those starting to form a work history or retired) not so good if your trying to raise a family on them.

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