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Are we our brothers keeper?
In the greater sense, no. As individuals we must earn our own way. If we CHOOSE to help, that is another thing. Charity cannot be enforced
(social programs). Charity is given freely, not out of duty or coercion but from the desire to build and create.
If a house is burning down do you add on a new room? No. If a house is slowly being built but needs a board here, an extra hinge to hold a door
there, yes. Too many on welfare are "burning houses". Too many generational recipients seem to have no desire for improvement and are as equally
bad as the looters from the govt. that steal our money to give to them. The generational welfare individual will be forever shackled via karma to the
looters that keep them there.
In the past, a man would practically FIGHT in order to pay back assistance. If the person assisting refused payment as a sign of friendship or lack
of need, the recipient would find some way to make things "right".
Lets say they lost a job at a factory. They would move where there was work to be had. It was a matter of HONOR AND SELF RESPECT!
"Well, those on welfare don't have jobs or there are no jobs to get."
Fine. I agree that the job situation is abysmal. Yet another instance of the government interfering with the natural
flow of money/energy that flows through the veins of a country. Weak industry, no jobs. No jobs, no wealth.
No wealth, no growth.
Today, we were discussing tax evasion at lunch. We all pretty much condoned it but also understood that it could also lead to the unhealthy effect of
having a bullet put through your skull. To the point, I explained that our
country was designed to be ran off of duties and tariffs levied against other nations that were doing business with
This did two things.
1. Protected jobs from outside forces (as much a threat as a standing army!)
2. Kept trade equalized in value.
Free trade isnt!
Enter the Fed and IRS. Essentially, our economy was hijacked at the inception of these two. Our money that we worked for, was no longer ours to do
with as we saw fit. We were forced to "render unto Caesar".A few years later, we had the wonderful opportunity of another socialist (FDR) who
decided that he also knew better what we should do with our money.
He gave us "welfare".
To this point, the neighbors/church or family took care of the "old widow down the street". Our people were a better people because we operated
simultaneously as individuals AND a collective. As individuals, we made our way, were innovators, and basically looked for whatever hadn't been done
before. As a collective, we understood that having strong individuals built the foundation for the rest.
Welfare does neither. It doesn't build, it doesn't create.
To be fair, there are some that have crawled up from welfare's cesspool. They were of the "old school" fiber. Maybe they had a temporary set
They REFUSED TO GIVE UP!
In the past, they would might have lost a farm to weather, a home to fire, or what have you. The neighbors would help build one back and that person
would return the payment (if asked for) with work. Value for Value.
that is all gone.
Our jobs are all gone to slave labor (which cannot be beaten for price), taxes on small business are wretched (obamacare is really a nail in that
coffin), and innovation is stifled or completely destroyed.
Ask Tesla about JP Morgan, Marconi, and Thomas Edison. Ask Preston Tucker about the guys from the "Big Three" and the government?
....and no. The government is not supposed to "create" jobs. It makes jobs possible via an amenable environment.
The value in a person is in what they create. If they can create the ability for someone to climb higher, that is
enough. If they only pick a person up and place them on that "rung of the ladder", they have created nothing but an illusion.
Hold a child till he's 5 and he'll never walk. Left alone, he will learn.
Are we our brothers keeper? Are we responsible for the irresponsible foul ups of others?