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Social Programs

April 29th, 2010

I appreciate social programs as long as they’re social and voluntary. But I oppose all government “benefits”, because I recognize that all the “benefits” a government provides to its citizens are really incomes extorted from one half of the citizens, in order to ameliorate the other half of the citizens.

Jobless benefits, entitlements as they are, are really the 2010 equivalent of “Let them eat cake!” It’s not enough to really live on, but it’s enough to survive by.

And the longer you go on surviving the more likely it is that you forget what it’s like to live. You change, you adapt, and complacency sets in. The security of pitiful survival is adequate enough to, in accordance with the laws of thermodynamics, keep resting objects at rest.

Which really means: to keep the slaves enslaved.

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  • Don says on: April 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm

     

    I know of 2 people right now that are collecting unemployment AND running businesses under the table. I would too if I could collect the stuff. Instead, I do the latter part alone.

  • Dan Z says on: April 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm

     

    Unemployment right now is an entitlement program more than support. I work with people on unemployment all the time and as long as they are getting the check they severely lack motivation to get a job some flat out saying they wont look until the check stops coming, even when I point out places that are hiring etc. Its amazing how many of them find a job quickly once the checks stop coming.

  • Zach S says on: May 3, 2010 at 11:22 am

     

    There was a big article in the Tampa Bay newspaper recently how even though Tampa has one of the higher unemployment rates in the country, many businesses (Especially restaraunts) who NEED people can’t find anyone. wtf is wrong with people?

    • David Z says on: May 3, 2010 at 11:44 am

       

      Everywhere I go I see signs for “Help Wanted”. These are not all awesome jobs, but better than nothing: servers/bartenders, night clerks at Rite-Aid, lathe operators, millwrights, tool & die makers, etc. I don’t understand it either.

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