Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Lazy bastards

There are a bunch of men that decided not to work anymore. I think a safety net that keeps hard working people from starving to death due to bad luck or circumstance is good. But these people need to either get off their butts or get off the dole. I don’t care if it’s as good a job or not. Find /something/ already.

Millions of men like Mr. Beggerow — men in the prime of their lives, between 30 and 55 — have dropped out of regular work. They are turning down jobs they think beneath them or are unable to find work for which they are qualified, even as an expanding economy offers opportunities to work.

But the fastest growing source of help is a patchwork system of government support, the main one being federal disability insurance, which is financed by Social Security payroll taxes. The disability stipends range up to $1,000 a month and, after the first two years, Medicare kicks in, giving access to health insurance that for many missing men no longer comes with the low-wage jobs available to them.


5 Comments:

Blogger Garble said...

That's when the smart guys go on social security and complain about how hard they've worked and how little they're appreciated. Then they vote to increase the social security payments and prescription drug benefits. Did you notice that they're not willing to move either? Why not sell that expensive house in LA, move to Texas or somewhere else with a lower unemployment and lower cost of living? If he's got the money to borrow against equity he could probably buy a house outright in some place that wasn't LA. Fuckers. My time is valuable also and I have to spend some of it paying taxes so these guys can relax on the public dole.

1/8/06 06:42  
Blogger walzilla said...

I don't know what to think about the subject. On one hand, I've lived in my car for nearly a year to get through college. Worked three part time jobs for a year after college to make ends meat before getting the opportunity to enter my field. And was forced into bankruptcy because the entry level job only paid $6.75 an hour which could not support the student loan payback and cost of living simultaneously. I've struggled, put off having kids of my own, and took a huge chance to get a career far beyond what my father had achieved. If I lost it now I'd be pretty angry at the system for giving me the line "If you work hard enough and sacrifice you can make it!" On the other, we're breaking our butts paying for them to sit around. But I don't see the social security funds and Medicare crap even touching the amount of money we are giving corporations. The fact that our government gives corporations fifteen hundred dollars a head to lay people off is ridiculous! That's part of the reason mass layoffs take place before Christmas. The company wants to get the tax break before the end of the year and during the holiday's they don't want to pay out holiday pay! I think the root of this problem is really the government officials that are pulling the strings for this stuff. But you don't hear about those stories much in the papers do you? The reason, big media depends on big spenders in government for the airwaves. On hand washes the other while we read silly propaganda stories and grow angry at each other. It's the old divide and conquer!

1/8/06 08:44  
Blogger Jack T Briggs said...

There's only one solution...rebellion. Star Wars style.

1/8/06 09:03  
Blogger Garble said...

Interesting idea Jack. I'll tell you what. If you can learn the ways of the force then I'll co-pilot the ship to Alderan.

Do we have any idea what the Rebel position was taxation and social spending. With all the star wars writing that's gone on someone must have given it some work.

1/8/06 10:00  
Blogger NotAUser said...

Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security make up over half of the Federal budget. Surprisingly, or not, this is also more than is brought in through income tax. So for anyone complaining about the Defense Department's budget, or corporate tax breaks, or foreign aid remember that you wouldn't have to pay a single cent if those 3 programs alone did not exist. Think about that next April when you send in the W-2s. The man in the article is part of that problem.

Oh, and the Rebellion's policies on taxation were something akin to modern liberals. After they won, they minimized defense spending and began "rebuilding" which is obviously a ton of pork projects. And I already know how to do the Jedi Mind Trick.

1/8/06 19:58  

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