Monday, January 25, 2010

Want less poor people? Stop feeding them!

Before you attack me remember I am a comedian. But this is basically what the Lt Governor of South Carolina said....

“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.” - Andre Bauer

Mr Bauer is looking to fill the Governor Seat left vacant by Mark Sanford following his international sex scandal. Unfortunately there was now sex tape made that we know of.

I know there are a lot of folks that abuse the system. Growing up in DC there were definitely crack head mothers with 14 kids to collect the welfare checks to feed habits. There are crazy people and addicts that are burdens to the system.

However, there are serious problems right now. There are out of work and homeless folks that did everything right. And it was government and corporate failure that put these people where they are. These people need help. The deserve it as it was the government that allowed the problem to happen. Allowing the life timers to continue to draw on a emergency system depletes the supplies.

All that being said, my wife and I lived in a room for 3 years. We still have a roommate. We sacrificed for the past ten years to develop what we have today. We chose a career that has unstable income potential. We do not have kids. We do not have much of anything. But we have each other and we work our asses off to get by doing a show we love. In the process I think we do good for the community by creating jobs for young actors and performing outreach bringing professional theater to many that never could afford it. But through all the hardships, we never collected unemployment or welfare. I am sure we have been eligible for a lot. Except for some subsidized health care, we have 100% paid our own way.

In short, I agree with what the idiot from South Carolina was trying to say. There is too much abuse of welfare. There is too much laziness in America. Welfare should be there for emergencies, not as a way of life. But as long as Morons like Andre Bauer are delivering the message, we will continue to fail as a country.

What can you and I do?

Stop expecting our grandparents idea of working for 25-40 years and then retiring.
Stop complaining about not getting work.
If you can't afford it don't buy it.
If you want it, save for it.
And most importantly stop expecting government to save you. Stop expecting a boss to save you. Get out and create opportunities for yourself. Work your ass off. Give back what and when you can.

I know I am happier for it! Tough love is better than false smiles and empty promises!!!

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