No Gridlock

For as long as I can remember, I have always rooted for the underdog. I’ve always stood up for people who have issue with standing up for themselves.

Recently, in talking with people who are far more intelligent than I am, it occurs to me that there is a very specific purpose for taking care of people who can’t take care of themselves. Perhaps in a way, it’s truly American: Help people who appear to need it, even if they don’t think they do. If you don’t help them now, they’ll need it later. And if they need it later, it could be expensive. It could be inefficient.

I’d been speaking recently with people far more intelligent than myself, who frequently push this theory on me that, it’s cheaper to offer social services to those who need them, because it’s less expensive than having to deal with them later. Logically speaking, it makes sense: Who’s going to want to spend money in a shop when they’ve just passed someone on the corner who is obviously homeless? You lose revenue. What’s cheaper, having insurance, or the hospital bill?

What does happen when you start asking poor people to submit to drug testing to get aid? Why is it that those who are already down on their luck get treated like criminals? I highly recommend reading this for some insight. Very infrequently do people realize the true cost of poverty in this country.

The secret to being “self-made” is simply to believe in reincarnation, and kill yourself over and over until you are born with the silver spoon in hand. If you are born into poverty, you have almost no chance. And even if you are born wealthy, there’s still a pretty good chance that the economy will tank, and you’ll finally be able to experience suffering. You know, the kind where you have to sell the big colonial house out in guido-land and settle for the 1st floor of the 2 family house in the 30% minority population section of town. And god forbid you have to apply for food stamps.

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One response to “No Gridlock

  1. Indeed. Perhaps it was just my upbringing in general, but I really never understood why people feel so against helping others. They form this mental image of someone of or group, and demonize it. Is it guilt for following the herd to fit in? Fear of doing what they feel is right because someone might notice and think less of them for it?

    Maybe their very definition of ‘right’ is so convoluted with various misinformation, religion, superstition, etc, that they truly feel people deserve to live that way?

    I pity people who never have been given the chance to gain perspective on the world around them. It’s a piece of one’s self that a staggering amount of people never seem to develop properly. This very topic and others in the same vein (when openly discussed) will quickly show you those whom never tasted hardship or strife. One might say they’ve never tasted reality. We are quite good at mental distractions in America, after all.

    Sooner or later, the world will likely bring you to your knees with extreme malice over something (or someone) important to you. Try to remember that nothing is guaranteed or certain. There’s always a chance that you might one day be in that poor homeless sod’s shoes.

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