reply to post by madhatr137
I'm sorry madhatr137, I know what I suggested was very much against the current feel of the 15th Amendment... but I live in a rural community with
high unemployement and a lot of people on welfare who don't want to work. There are also a lot of people who are what I call underemployed. These are
the people who have jobs that pay minimum wage which isn't really a living wage and have to get assistance to make ends meet.
About 8 year ago my business wanted to expand from just designing our products into also manufacturing them. So we saved money, lined up funds from
our bank and filed for a development permit (we had the land and it was zoned correctly). The local county government decided they didn't want the
business here. They made a rulling after the permit was submitted and we had surveyed for the building that required county approval for all
industrial properties in the Hamlet we had our office in.
The one county official who talked publicly about how our 10,000 sqft facility would change the flavor of the community also privately told he was
voting it down because it would have created 12 jobs and that well paid jobs and a decrease in the number of people on hand outs would have been bad
Another one told me how people with jobs didn't know their place and would get "uppity".
The vote turn out to be 4 against my application, 8 abstained and 1 vote for the application. The one vote in my favour was the only member of the
county that had a business himself, everyone else ran a farm. That one member quit his position a year later over the constant conflict of interest
problems other members had.
Before you think that I don't like farmers, your wrong. Those 12 farmers control 60% of the land in this county and they are the ones who hire people
for next to nothing and only for a week at a time to avoid having to pay more or give benefits. Most of the farmers don't make much but there is a
small group that have huge farming corporations and make very good money, but they squish any one else who tries to get make a living.
I fought them for 5 years, even after they all were re-elected and I tried the courts but as long as the kept claiming that they had done it in the
best ineterest of the people, the courts would even hear it.
You and many others will think I'm a wimp for what I did next but it was the right decision. I did a John Galt. I called in every favour with my
competitors (those I was friendly with, and none of them where in the same county as us) and found jobs with them for all of my employees. I then
closed down my business, sold off all of my designs including the award winning one. I then went back to school and took a job. Why did I do it?
Mostly because I knew that to continue the fight would be my death, my health was going from the stress.
I'm healthier, happier and I don't have to deal with corrupt politicians, I make less, I work physically harder and I'm away from home more, but my
health came back.
So I believe we need a way to make it such that those who do not give into the system, can't be used by those who want to run the system to make the
themselves lifers in politics. After reading your reply I understand your concern with how much of a slippery slope this can and would become. So I
ask you do you know any way to fix this problem other than eiother stopping the people who want to stay on welfare for ever from voting or stopping
welfare from existing would also work, but I'm not sure if it is even possible anymore.