Friday, February 17, 2006

When does assistance become dependence? When do victims become freeloaders?

Some on the left are up in arms because the government is cutting off the funds that victims of Hurricane Katrina have received for the past 5 months. Why? Exactly how long does it take to pick yourself up and find a new job and a new place to live? More than 5 months? Only if you're a lazy slob! If you need a job and a place to live, you WILL find it no matter what the circumstance.

Don't get me wrong (like some people). I'm not heartless. I have a heart and am all for helping the victims of disasters, but there comes a point when that assistance has to stop. It doesn't have to stop because people like me don't care anymore. Quite the opposite! It has to stop because we care a great deal. Depending on the government to take care of you while you don't lift a finger is just plain wrong. We don't need a welfare or nanny state where the government takes care of you.

Another thing to consider is the fact that there will be more victims of other disasters in need of help in the future. If we're still throwing money at people who should've gotten back on their feet by now, what happens? The new victims suffer because not as many funds are available.

Bottom line is this: the government needs to end the assistance because it's not a charity. If there are victims of Katrina that well and truly need more assistance, there still are plenty of private charities with the funds to help them. (And yes, liberals, I actually have donated to Katrina relief charities.) If there are victims who are simply freeloading off the government so they don't have to lift a finger to help themselves, then they need to have this kick in the pants.

UPDATE: Hmm... They celebrated Mardi Gras. Floats, costumes, beads, booze. Wonder where all that money came from. They obviously can't be that bad off.

"We need continued assistance from the gov... uh... Hang on. Excuse us while we throw this big, expensive party."


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