Apt


I am not very good at verbalizing what I like and dislike when it comes to the realm of politics. I know I cannot speak intelligently about it. But I do  know that I tend to align with liberals (which is becoming a bad word, as of late) and that I believe in protecting the environment to a certain degree and I have no problems with gay marriage or gays in the military. However, I definitely don’t agree with welfare; if you can’t get off your ass and get employed because you have 5 too many kids, well then don’t expect a hand out from me or your government. Our forefathers would be appalled that so many people are slack-asses now. In the old days, you fended for yourself and worried about yourself. And that’s what our country was founded on. Too many people have abused our systems for way too long.

All that said, I am disappointed in Florida. Though I know this is all cyclical. In two years we’ll be pissed at all that the Republicans did and did not do and a whole new round of Dems will get voted in. But some of these candidates are straight up sleazeballs and douchebags. (Those are technical terms, by the way.) I don’t know who blinded the public to their wicked ways but enough people must have been duped. And that’s why I don’t like to discuss this topic. It’s too aggravating because it reminds me why, most of the time,  I really hate the general public.

Sigh.

I have yet to really see good changes come about. Here’s hoping for the future, though.

7 thoughts on “Apt

  1. With all due respect, it must be really easy for you to say that “if you can’t get off your ass and get employed” when you and your husband both have jobs. While I suppose that everyone could work at Wal-Mart or McDonald’s, I doubt that anyone can support his or herself on the money you make there, let alone a family. And let’s not even talk about benefits, which are practically non-existent these days.

    And frankly, I’m sure that everyone of us, even those that hate “welfare” receive some sort of benefit from the government. And I’m sure that if said benefit was taken away, those that hate “welfare” would scream the loudest to have the benefit returned to them.

    Giving a modicum of support to the least of us in our society is a small price to pay to drive down crime and human suffering.

  2. I would agree with Scott. Welfare exists so that everyone has a safety net. A very small percentage of people abuse it, and I can tell you that if I lose my job and Scott can’t find a job, I will be thankful that it exists along with unemployment. “Getting off your ass and getting a job” is much more complicated than it sounds in this economy. I applied to countless jobs over the past year, including Wal-Mart, Target, and Borders. I have too much education for these establishments to even look at me, and finding a job in my degree was a crapshoot and I only got the job I did because I was tenacious and I pursued it.

    I really like reading your blog, but be careful making large generalizations about things that you have not experienced or may not be in danger of experiencing. I would also give my left arm for a public option for health insurance right now since we can’t afford my employer’s option. These things exist so that members of a society can be healthy and (hopefully) productive members. Granted not everyone has the moral fiber and integrity to treat the system with respect, but that happens with anything.

  3. With all due respect, I wholeheartedly disagree. Safety nets given by the government are why we’re in the mess we’re in. Credit. Welfare. Lazy people. I see no reason for it. Maybe I am being self-centered an undereducated but I don’t think it’s a good idea to bail everyone out. I mean no offense to you guys and I guess I should have known better than to bring up a sensitive subject.

  4. Also, I agree with having a better health care system. My sister, though only in retail, works a shit ton of hours and has managed stores without getting benefits. I differentiate that from welfare however.

  5. I don’t mean to belabor the point and I know that this isn’t the point of your blog, but the current economic problems we are in is not because of “welfare.” The problems, at their base level, are due to banks offering impossible mortgages to people who should have known better than to take them and investment banks betting on the people to fail to pay their mortgage payment. None of that has anything to do with “welfare.” It’s all private corporations and stupid people – and the stupid people weren’t bailed out and a lot of them are out on the street.

    Yes, credit is probably too pervasive and the fact that debt is so widespread is probably not a good thing in the long run, either. Very few of the problems can be traced back to “welfare.” Also, keep in mind that “welfare” isn’t meant for the people who have 5 or 6 children, it’s meant for the children who, through no fault of their own, are brought into a world that can’t care for them.

  6. Well yes, I understand that and of course, i feel for children. But I also feel that’s the way of the world. Maybe I am just a mean person? Man, I hate for you guys to find that out about me.

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