I have a friend on facebook who calls himself conservative. He posts articles and comments about big government spending, hates the cronyism, is against bailouts and that kind of thing.
His daughter’s boyfriend explains that the people who are supporting them (?) apparently ‘take’ their foodstamps… and then my friend responds…
I wish I had that record-scratching sound effect to use here.
It’s wrong to charge rent and groceries to a young (19-20ish) couple, in good health and stamina (who live in your home), but it’s ok for that same couple to ‘charge’ taxpayers for foodstamps??? I expect this from OWS idiots; they’re clueless. But this guy and I are often (supposedly) on the same page when it comes to government stupidity. Funny how the same problems we see in “the government” can be practiced by ourselves on a smaller scale.
We ALL have areas like this, I think. Yes, we’re against handouts and bailouts… but are we really? When your state is offered ‘grant money’ for beginning some new educational program, do they take it? Do your conservative friends and neighbors think about how that will be a great opportunity for their kids, or do they think that taking it would be inconsistent with their conservative values? Usually it’s the former.
I think about this sometimes when I see an article on some farm that got a nice little grant from the NRCS, or the USDA, or your other four-letter, government-funded acronym. Imagine what I could do with just a fraction of that… The back fence… A hay-feeding shed… A thermostatically-controlled chicken scalder… and a decent motor for the plucker… Oh the ideas!
But am I going to be part of the problem, or part of the solution?
If I don’t stand up, how can I expect anyone else to?