I grew up in Indiana, went to college in Utah, currently live in Chicago while my husband finishes law school, and will soon be moving to Texas. I am really excited. I’ve talked about the various problems we have run into in Chicago, the required tests and ridiculous taxes, and all the hoops we had to jump through to keep a shotgun in our house. (Just once I would like a liberal to explain to me why the constitutional right to a gun doesn’t mean the government buys a gun for me, when the constitutional ‘right’ to an abortion does.) I’ve spent the last three years unable to leave my house without someone asking me for money. That’s not an exaggeration. You can’t get on or off the freeway without someone asking you for money. There are even a few groceries stores I can’t go to without being asked for money. That never happened in Utah or Indiana, both fairly conservative states. It’s weird, right? Liberals take care of the poor, while conservatives hate the poor. Yet, the ‘poor’ in Chicago don’t look like they are better off than the ‘poor’ in Utah and Indiana. Or, maybe programs that say, “We will give you food, housing, cell phones, health care and transportation as long as you don’t get a job” attract people who don’t want to get jobs. I don’t know.
The point is, I’m leaving. My new home has no state income tax, sales tax that is 4% lower than Illinois and $0.40 lower per gallon gas tax. That seems like reason enough to love it. I just don’t understand how liberals can think their programs are so great, when living in their utopia just isn’t.
I also wanted to brag about getting to move to Texas. This is my blog, so I can occasionally mention what is going on in my life. I am thrilled! I won’t have as many real life examples of why liberal policies don’t work. Probably no more pictures of carts full of soda paid for with tax dollars. I imagine my life will be pretty good, with not a whole lot of complaints about the government. Lower crime (I’m not living near the border, where the federal government has refused to fulfill its constitutional mandates and forbid the states to protect its citizens as well), lower taxes, better schools. That’s just the price I’ll have to pay for living in the conservative utopia.
UPDATE: Apparently the link I had posted here to Bill Maher and Alexandra Pelosi’s discussion on welfare recipients is invalid. I don’t know how long this has been going on. I am having trouble finding the video now. For those of you who did not have the opportunity to see it, Alexandra Pelosi went to a welfare office across the street from her New York apartment and interviewed people in line waiting to get checks. She had small clips of some of them doing push-ups and eating large stacks of Pringles. She asked them questions like, “Are you planning on going to to the employment office (also in that building),” and “Who are you going to vote for? Why?” “Do you want a job?” “Why are you here?” Their answers were, “No,” “Obama, because he’s black.” “I don’t want a job. I wouldn’t mind having a career.” and “I’m here to get my Obama bucks.”
I’m not surprised the media has made this video difficult to find.
Usually when people are against welfare they are accused of racism. I imagine that is because many welfare recipients are black. No one ever seems to consider the possibility that we’re opposed to welfare because it is a drain, it does nothing to encourage recipients to become self sufficient, it results in the next generation being more likely to also utilize welfare, it establishes an entitlement mentality and it rids people of the motivation to work hard and improve their situation. White people aren’t allowed to make observations about welfare, so I’m putting up this video because the welfare recipients (which include one white woman) are speaking for themselves. I don’t have to guess at their motivations or what they are thinking. I won’t ever say that every single person on welfare holds this mentality. However, the fact that anyone collecting checks coming from your bank account can think this way strongly indicates that the system is broken and needs reform. If you’re not voting for welfare reform, your voting for another, larger generation of people who believe they deserve your money by virtue of being criminals, or black, or having children, or simply not wanting to work.
One summer, early in my teen years, I got a job detasseling corn. I wanted a job so I could start saving money for college, and anyone could detassel corn. It was miserable, walking up and down corn fields all day. I had to be at the school around 6:30 in the morning, then the bus would drive us to some random corn field an hour or more away. I wore long sleeves to keep from being all cut up by the corn. First thing in the morning all the corn was coated with dew, and so my clothes would be immediately soaked and heavy. Later in the day it was hot, steamy, and eventually dry and dusty. I made a few hundred dollars that summer, and was grateful for it. The next couple of summers I got jobs babysitting and tutoring. Then I turned 16 and was finally old enough to get a real job. I applied everywhere; Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, Blockbuster, Meijers, McDonalds, Burger King, Ritter’s Frozen Custard, The Dollar Store, South Bend Chocolate Factory, Tasty Freeze, random locally owned restaurants and stores, and at least half the stores in the local mall. I was 16, had finished my Junior Year of High School, a good student and willing to work hard. No one hired me. I called places back. I went and did several interviews. I spelled all the words right on my applications. I used good handwriting, and included a resume where they would accept one. I was willing to clean, cook, bus tables, whatever was needed. No one hired me.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2006 Goshen, IN was 19.3% Hispanic. I am an American citizen, I was looking for a job, and I was willing to work. I couldn’t find a job. The closest McDonald’s to my high school was staffed almost entirely by Spanish speakers. Many people I knew refused to go there because they couldn’t understand the employees so the service was horrible.