I am using a guest editorial sent me to by a fellow Conservative Blogger Steve Cherry. Mr Evans from Texas, in a Letter to the Editor, appears to summarize all the frustrations being felt by the American taxpayer. If you agree please pass it on
Put Me In Charge
by Alfred W. Evans
The following appeared as a letter to the editor in the local newspaper in Waco, TX in mid-November, 2010:
Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.
Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I’d do is to get women the Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we’ll test all recipients for drugs, alcohol and nicotine and document all tattoos and body piercings. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, smoke or get tats and piercings, then get a job.
Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property (not yours) in a clean and good state of repair. Your “home” will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place to call home.
In addition you need to work for entitlements. You will either present a check stub from a job each week (and a drug test) or you will report to a “government” job (and take a drug test). It may be cleaning the public roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, serving or cooking soup in a soup kitchen or whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch chrome rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good.”
Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules. Before you say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin their “self esteem,” consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered one’s self-esteem.
If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards people for continuing to make bad choices. Put me in charge and I would make some changes.
Alfred W. Evans, Gatesville