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5 years ago
Wow, this girl has a great plan!  Love the last thingl she would do the best.
This was written by a 21 yr old female who gets it.  It's her future she's worried about and this is how she feels about the social welfare big government state that she's being forced to live in!  These solutions are just common sense in her opinion.
This was in the Waco Tribune Herald, Waco, TX, Nov 18, 2011 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, then 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. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, or smoke, then get a job.
Put me in charge of government housing.  Ever live in 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, then 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 that this would be "demeaning" and ruin their "self esteem," consider that it wasn't that long ago that 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. AND while you are on Gov't subsistence, you no longer can VOTE!  Yes, that is correct.  For you to vote would be a conflict of interest.  You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov't welfare check.  If you want to vote, then get a job.  

This post was modified from its original form on 13 Jan, 11:20
5 years ago

That does put it out there LOUD AND CLEAR! Free lunches went out with five cent beers and five cent cigars a long time ago. And even then you had to pony up the five cents for the beer or cigar. In the military you work real hard for your "three hots and a cot" and your barracks bag of government issued clothes plus they make you take care of them as well.

5 years ago

I see that you agree fully with this young lady's suggestions, and I do too.


So many people complain that these low income people were deliberately put into these ghetto neighborhoods, but that is as far from the truth as can be.


I remember back in the 50's and 60's when those ghetto neighborhoods were being built.


They started out as being beautiful buidlings, and well maintained areas. It was merely a fact of life however, that when something was given to these people, that they had no reason to take care of it because no one was overseeing them, and because they didn't have to work to earn whatever it was that they received as a freebie. The buidlings were at one time, very nice, but just as happened many years back to individfual cities, such as Camden, N. J. - Newark, N.J. and Plainfield, N. J. (all of which were not terribly far from where i lived, - we are seeing the same decay happening more and more throughout this once very beautiful country because of the FREEBIE scenario that continues to prevail to this day.This type of life, in this country must be put to a halt.

This post was modified from its original form on 13 Jan, 12:07
5 years ago

What galls me a lot on our current "discussions" on the debt and fiscal issues is the fact that the biggest drivers of increased spending has been these so called "means tested" entitlement programs that are put off the table since the people getting the benefits are overly dependent on them (and largely vote Demagogue in elections) but they are the programs growing in CURRENT government spending outlays. We hear about changing SS and Medicare (not that there isn't merit in looking at those as well) but those aren't "means tested" but force participation alleged "insurance" programs with their own funding streams. In addition to the "solutions" being more to punish those who are in the programs (by force) and are being subject to higher taxes at the higher incomes for Medicare, the "solutions" in those areas is curtail future benefits based on age adjustments or income limits that don't even address the current deficit drivers while doing more to punish those playing by the rules and rewarding the slackers once again. At best that discussion is designed to make sure nothing is done, at worst it makes sure the wrong thing is done when addressing our debt bomb.

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