As political tensions have been rising lately, due to the recent election and a volatile atmosphere of political polarization, many people have lost sight of the real issues that anger the average working class Americans. A recent experience granted me the opportunity to express a concern directly related to a specific example.
I had a gentleman explaining to me how wonderful it is that his girlfriend have multiple children, no job, and is therefore receiving HUD as well as other government assistance. Because of this, the gentleman is able to live with her without the burden of paying rent, paying mortgage, having a job, or paying taxes.
I became very angry about the fact this man was able to get by with this while the rest of us pick up the tab. I believe I am, however, more perturbed at the fact he is not ashamed about any of it. He was actually proud of his situation. A quick call to the HUD office revealed there is "nothing wrong with this domestic situation and it is perfectly legal."
More Americans should be angry about the way things are going these days. We have officially entered an era where one is better off to be as least successful as possible and to let the government (aka the taxpayers) pick up the tab. This is clearly an extreme downward spiral. What happens when the taxpayer is no longer there to fit the tab?
It is a warm notion to expect that people want more from life and long for a sense of self-worth, but how long will those who work hard stand by and fund the rest of the population. How long will our governmental representation act as cowards in light of this obvious downfall of the human spirit? It is up to us.
Jesse G. DeBarr