POSTED ON DECEMBER 21, 2011:
Love Letters/Hate Mail
Would Rather Be In Russia?
It amazes me that there are people that believe that it's the government's responsibility to make sure you're not sick, you have a job, a place to live, an education ("Our F-You System of Government," UTW Dec. 1-7).
Wake up Ted, no one owes you or anyone that thinks like you a damn thing. There are no trophies in life for showing up. If you want something then YOU make it happen. (YOU is used generally for all those that think like Ted).
Get off your ass and get a job. But then you don't want just any job, it has to pay a certain dollar amount, have benefits and I'm sure you don't want to get your hands dirty. Work your way up in a company? Oh heck no! Middle management or higher is what you expect and no overtime! Can't afford your rent? Find a different place to live, get a roommate or move back home with your parents.
As far as the government being responsible for your drug addiction(s), forget it! Taxpayers foot the bill for the DARE program throughout your educational years to educate you on the pitfalls of drug use and yet, you're addicted. I don't care what excuse you use for your addiction ultimately YOU made the decision to use and abuse drugs. Man UP and take responsibility for your actions.
You see Ted, every time you look to the government to "help" you, you are essentially asking me to pay for your bad decisions. Grow up, get a job, the world doesn't owe you a damn thing and neither do I. Put your big girl/boy panties on... you are where you are because of the choices YOU have made. It's all about personal responsibility.
(Editor's Note: Actually, Ted is one of the most innovative, hard-working, outside the box thinking syndicated journalists around. He earns every penny he makes. And he does a great job of tweaking consciences like those of certain somnambulant highnesses.)
Let's Give It Up for Oklahoma!
First comes the implication that "our lawmakers can't be trusted to spend the money for its intended purpose", followed by the tacit admission that our legislators "are frighteningly inept at managing taxpayer dollars", followed by...an admonition essentially, of how we all need to pay our fair share ("Taxes, Assets or Pixie Dust," UTW Dec. 1-7). Golly gee, if that doesn't make you hot to pony up another few thousand a year in taxes, I don't know what will.
How then is the righteous tax collector thwarted? According to Hamilton, by ultra-right-wing media and bible-thumping religiosos pounding the ignorant masses with the false gospel that they already pay enough in taxes, while the greedy rich look on and snicker.
Of course there's another reason why freezing or lowering taxes plays so well. It could be that there are still quite a few people around who have eyes and a brain. They can add up all the federal, state, property tax, and sales tax they pay, and quickly deduce that a) it accounts for as much as 30% of their income, and b) the amount of government "services" they receive are shockingly small in comparison. So the "less tax" argument tends to be an easy sell. You don't necessarily need a Tea Party rally, right-wing newsprint, a religious fanatic, or a talk radio wind-up to convince you of that.
Load up "The Bad Roads of Oklahoma" by Susan Herndon on the MP3 or CD player. I assure you, your toes will tap and you head will bob with empathy as those lyrics spin out. Maintaining roads and bridges are the most basic and essential of all government services, because they affect every single one of us, including our children whom we ferry back and forth on those roads and bridges, bobbing and weaving like an NFL running back trying to miss the dips and potholes. Roads and bridges -- first and foremost -- should be the first thing the budget takes care of. If Oklahoma government can't properly maintain these structures -- and they apparently can't given their chronic, pathetic state -- why should anyone be eager to give them more tax dollars to do that, or anything else?
One last thing. Believe it or not, I keep my lawn mowed and hedges pruned and walkways edged, and I don't receive a single penny of government subsidy for that purpose. So if the Legislature doesn't like the dumpy look of their digs, or is afraid the roof might fall in on them, I'd suggest they pass the hat amongst themselves if they want it fixed.
That, or start responsibly and effectively managing the resources they already have.
I'm game!!! I would just like to say thank you for the "Are You Game?" cover story (UTW Dec. 15-21).
As a lifelong hunter, it's nice to see in print what I've been saying for over 35 years...
A little something I think needs to be mentioned is the fact that most banks will have nothing to do with these types of customers ("Annual Percentage Robbery," UTW Dec. 8-14). Payday loans is their only source for ready cash for emergency car repairs, catch up car payments, utility bills, home repairs, catch up house payments.
The State of Arkansas capped it's interest rate and the pay day loan companies in Okla. along the Arkansas border are booming. You need to come up with another outlet before you kill this dragon. With no other outlet they turn to crime.
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