Friday, July 18, 2008

Give me a Freaking Break

This sob story seriously almost made me vomit. I know him a heartless and cruel person, but honestly, someone has to be with me on this one, right?

A generation ago, the livelihood of Gloria Nunez's family was built on cars.

Her father worked at General Motors for 45 years before retiring. Her mother taught driver's education. Nunez and her six siblings grew up middle class.

Things have changed considerably for this Ohio family.

Nunez's van broke down last fall. Now, her 19-year-old daughter has no reliable transportation out of their subsidized housing complex in Fostoria, 40 miles south of Toledo, to look for a job.

Sad, isn't it. Just wait, there's more:

Nunez, 40, has never worked and has no high school degree. She says a car accident 17 years ago left her depressed and disabled, incapable of getting a job. Instead, she and her daughter, Angelica Hernandez, survive on a $637 Social Security check and $102 in food stamps.

...The rising cost of food means their money gets them about a third fewer bags of groceries — $100 used to buy about 12 bags of groceries, but now it's more like seven or eight. So they cut back on expensive items like meat, and they don't buy extras like ice cream anymore. Instead, they eat a lot of starches like potatoes and noodles.

Gasp! Horrible! Outrage. Can't you read? They're starving.

...Wait til you see their picture:

Now, really. Really? Looks like they could use a little less money in food stamps to me. Or maybe less car driving and more bike riding. And definitely cut out the ice cream.

All fat-jokes aside, if her father worked here 45 years ago and they "grew up middle class" that means she has absolutely no excuse for failing to graduate high school other than flat out listless stupidity, lack of a pulse, or a head full of mush. News flash to Ohio: if you lack the gumption to graduate from school and have never had a job at the age of 40 you are simply not going to make it in this world. (Aside: So she got into a wreck that left her depressed and disabled 17 years ago, sort of the way I'm feeling after reading that article and seeing that picture, I imagine. That still leaves her with 23 empty years spent on this planet as a worthless sack of flesh that did -- apparently -- nothing but eat, sleep and exist.)

Remind me again why I should feel sorry for this family of ne'er-do-wells? Or how anyone can justify completely wasting money supporting them in their sloth? At this point it appears that the government (that's funny-talk for you and me, by the way) pays for their car, their home, their food, and their clothes...but apparently not enough for a membership to a gym, therefore making their obesity our fault, see? In the process of dropping out of public school she must have skipped the day in PE where they teach you the food pyramid -- and also the one where they went over push ups and sit ups.

Now to turn my ire upon a different target. Who the heck wrote this piece of trash? Yuki Noguchi? What can you possibly call this other than cooking the books?
Low-income families in Ohio say they are particularly hard-hit by the changes in the economy, according to a new poll conducted by NPR, The Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health. Two-thirds of lower-income respondents, or 66 percent, say paying for gas is a serious problem because of recent changes in the economy. Nearly half of low-income Ohioans, or 47 percent, say that getting a well-paying job or a raise in pay is also major problem.
Well, duh? If getting a well-paying job or a raise wasn't a problem, they wouldn't be low-income.

Only half of the poor people in Ohio, apparently, aren't satisfied with being poor. The only tragedy I see here (aside from the picture above) is that the other half of the "low-income" bracket, whatever that may be, apparently is fine with staying poor. If you're a low-income Ohioan, or American for that matter, that ought to be a major problem when the economy is up or down. What bigger problem could you have?

Contentment and sloth are cousins; one comes before the other.


Matt said...

If everyone in this world channeled the kind of energy that you expend ranting and raving about the stupidity of individuals, and put it into focusing on issues that actually affect all of us as a whole, this planet would be a much better place to live.

Do you have nothing more to do than sit around writing and whining about the laziness of people that didn't grow up with the same kind of determination (and uncompromising political stubborness) that your parents instilled in you? Get over it.

Of course there are going to be abuses of the system. Instead of talking about individuals taking advantage of welfare and food stamps, why not shed a little light on how the biggest corporation in the world, Walmart purposefully pays their employees well below a living wage and simultaneously encourages them through active corporate programs to seek government assistance? They're the real villains of abuse. They're the ones making extraordinary profits off of government subsidies and entitlement programs!

Talking about corporate responsibility instead of a fat, sad, sloth of an individual's respobsibility to take care of themselves and not depend on our "nanny goverment" would cover a much broader problem in society. Plus, you can still continue your tirade against government-everything. You cons love to poke sticks at what you see as the pathetic lower class. How about shaking a stick at someone who's actually ruining this country for once?

You're a smart guy. I've said it before and I'll say it again. That's why it's infuriating every time I come on here. You're rants could be channeled in a practical way. Instead you choose to focus on miniscule and insignificant subjects, attacking fat people. Job well done.

k2aggie07 said...

You've completely missed the purpose and target of this post. I'm not particularly upset with these poor slobs. They are what they are, and no amount of irritation at their existence will change them. The target of this, if you will, is twofold: 1. The worthless "news" article that highlighted their "plight" and 2. The ridiculousness of a system which enables people like this to exist.

All writing has a purpose. What was the purpose of this? A sob story article highlighting the impact of an economic downturn in a swing state during a presidential election. I'll give you three guesses (that even lets you try out Bob Barr!) as to which candidate this household is voting for...and which political party the article favors. There is absolutely no good reason to write this article other than point out the salvation of Government in keeping these people (extremely) well-fed and happy and to bemoan the perils of a land without said nanny-state intervention. I'm actually surprised there wasn't a plug for a national healthcare system buried somewhere in the drivel.

Secondly, the problem isn't with these people. Lazy people exist; I'm aware of that. I'm not targeting them. But what kind of message are we sending to the constituents of our society when we turn a blind eye to wanton sloth and allow these people to mooch off of the rest of us? At what point does inaction become tacit approval?

The question was rhetorical, but I'll answer it -- somewhere about 50 years ago when living off of welfare lost its shamefulness and society as a whole lost its ability to scorn such individuals.

I'm not mad at these poor idiots. I'm mad that people like you are unwilling to be angry about the system that fosters their continued worthless existence.

And I'm not even going to address the Walmart silliness because I've done it already on multiple occasions -- here, here, and here.

While digging those up, I found a funny post of yours here. You claimed all sorts of things were going to happen under the new Democratic congress. What say you now?

g said...

K2, I am in complete agreement with you. I work in Social Services and see cases akin to this every day. What is surprising to me is they are not third generation recipients. Most are Democrat voters, bought and paid for by productive working people.

I am encouraged to see someone your age with the insight you display. I look forward to your posts, which are far and few between, but quality is worth waiting for.