Was there ever a point between two big spoonfuls of dog food when you thought “Man, I live in the most affluent society in human history, it’s a shame I’ll have to work until I drop dead”?
I don’t get the “handout” bullshit. Nobody I’ve seen is asking for handouts. I don’t want a handout. I just want to work hard from 17 to 54 and not have to eat dog food.
Also, for the record, I left my parents house at 17, worked hard, and partied with friends. It’s not either the life of a pimp or a pauper, there’s some grey in the middle.
All of these posts from the 53% just make me believe that much harder that the 99% have a very valid point.
It makes my head hurt. Again, what the Fifty-three-percenters do not get is that, so long as they don’t have a congressman in their pocket, they are (to a greater or lesser degree) disenfranchised and shut out of the democratic process.
They don’t understand that America is a republic in name only. We are an oligarchy with a hereditary noble class. Occasionally (very occasionally), one of the upper middle class can reach those rarefied heights through a combination of ingenuity and opportunity.
It’s that opportunity bit that’s the problem. You can work hard and be a genius and it won’t matter in the slightest if you can’t get your foot in the door at the right school, or your business plan on the desk of the right venture capitalist.
Sir, you worked hard and ate dog food. You might not want a hand-out, but that should never have happened. If you’d had a medical emergency, you would have been crippled by medical debt, possibly for life.
Sir, it is not about effort. It is not about taking the fruits of others’ labor. It’s not even about taking the silver spoon out of someone’s mouth. It’s about making sure that everyone who has the potential is given the opportunity to live up to that potential.
Personally, I’m somewhere in the middle. I never knew anyone, I came from a family that could, in fairness, be called poor-ish. Due to a combination of effort, persistence, and a fairly useless college degree that’s still kind of necessary just to get an interview at all, I’ve kinda-sorta made it.
And I wouldn’t even have that if it wasn’t for State and Federal public primary and secondary education, minimum wage laws, federally-maintained roadways, and the protections afforded to a citizen of the United States of America by our body of laws, the constitution, and the bill of rights.
Sir, even though you are 54, it is guaranteed that you have taken advantage of all of the “handouts” I’ve just mentioned. That’s even before we get into any advantages you may or may not have had due to race, sex, social status, or community ties. Advantages that not everyone has.
Advantages and “hand-outs” that not even your grandchildren or great-grandchildren might have if things keep going the way they are.