posted on Sep, 5 2005 @ 10:14 AM
I believe that there should be assistance given to the victims/refugees of Katrina.
Providing immediate housing, heath care, food, and water for all involved/affected, you know . . . the obvious humanitarian assistance needed in the
BUT, as for long-term assistance, I don't feel that simply cutting checks is for the good of the whole.
My thoughts run closer to the "give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime" approach.
By simply giving out money, with no true accountability/reuqirements, you won't be helping to improve the overall situation, but moreso maintaining
the status quo.
Yes, initially "handouts" will be needed to help get folks back on their feet, but after that help them find employment/income earning potential and
to become a contributor to society as opposed to simply drawing off of society.
Many people within this country have been receiving handouts for way to long, with little or no accountability or requirements. IMO this just creates
a complacent mentality. Why should I go find work when the next check, foodstamps, etc. will be here in a week or so.?!
Don't get me wrong! I have no problem with my taxes going to provide assistance for those who are truly in need of said assistance. My problem starts
with the complacent atmosphere that these handouts create with so many recipients.
I'll gladly help you get back on your feet, get a job, and even relocate, if that's what is necessary for you to become a contributor to society.
BUT, if you expect me to simply cut you a check twice a month, etc. you're knocking on the wrong door.
IMO everyone has something to contribute to society as a whole, no matter how small that contribution may be.
Also, I feel that when someone feels as if they are a contributor it has a profound effect on their moral so to speak. Morality, integrity,
confidence, independence . . . when these seeds are planted they tend to take root and grow which has an overflow effect on those around you.
When people think/feel they truly have a chance to better their current situation I have to think that virtually any human being will take that and
run with it.
Without that feeling of hope? . . . when's the next check coming?!