---- — Dear Editor:
As a young man, I was a Democrat, because my parents were working class Democrats. After I entered the newspaper business, on the advertising side, I gradually became a chamber-of-commerce Republican (my dad would never have forgiven me!).
Now, in my later years, I find myself once again sharing many sympathies with the Democrats, the Republicans having come under the spell of radical right-wingers and having moved away from being the party of business.
Nevertheless, I still harbor numerous Republican feelings. One of those is the undeniable fact that the country is going under due to handing out too much money to far too many people who have done nothing to earn it.
Much is made of the fact that the problem of illegal immigrants is caused by the fact that they will do "jobs that Americans won't do." This is no doubt true.
Being retired and at home in the afternoons, I sometimes find myself watching those courtroom "dramas" which have sprouted up all over the TV screen. This is, of course, the fault of my wife.
Be that as it may, I'm continually amazed at the countless numbers of people who are on the dole. Being "disabled" is now a career choice for the clever work avoiders with lawyers who specialize in just such ripping off of the government.
I once knew a woman, rather well in fact, who, when someone knocked at the door, would hurry to put on her neck brace, which was part of her "disability" scam. She worked it successfully for years while gullible taxpayers supported her comfortable lifestyle.
I don't mind paying taxes, but I do burn every April when I'm reminded that for millions of deadbeats, "tax refund time" is simply their annual and expected windfall. On these court shows, people always promise to pay for their used car or whatever, when they "get their tax money." The most awful part is that many of these people getting thousands of dollars in "tax refunds" never paid any taxes to start with. It's impossible to get a "refund" of something not paid to begin with, but it's possible under government double-talk and sleight-of-hand.
In an earlier and more sensible era, many folks worked at jobs they didn't particularly like; it was called "earning a living." Now millions expect the government to support them, cradle to grave. And, to our shame, the government does so. Of course, that "government money" is actually money obtained from legitimate taxpayers such as you.
.And, to step on some local toes, I believe if one were to canvass the people who line up for free groceries at churches, pantries and so forth, one would find that they are the same people, same families, generation after generation. They'll never change as long as the free stuff keeps coming. Why should they?
I must include here a mention of the woman who once wrote a bitter letter of complaint to the local newspaper. In it she whined that every year she could remember they had always gotten a turkey with their Thanksgiving food basket. This year they only got a chicken! Apparently ruined their big family celebration.
Do-gooders and bleeding hearts tell us, "But these people have never been raised or trained to have a work ethic." Possibly, if sadly, so.
It would be entirely proper to call upon these burdens-on-society to be conscience-stricken, but they have no conscience. A conscience is another quality they didn't get along with a work ethic.
I firmly believe hunger would be a powerful incentive to find some sort of useful work, even if it was the "kind of work Americans won't do." Note the use of the word "won't," not "can't."
Best regards to those who can work and who do so.
P.S. I draw Social Security and am a strong believer in the program, but even it is long past due for updating and reworking to make it viable down the road. ndv