Bones ...

I have long bones.

I have broken many-a-bones.

I don't have any musical bones.

But surprisingly enough, I have some political bones.

I didn't know I had any political bones in my body until the 2008 presidential campaign. And I became more than just a little involved. I volunteered at conventions as well as traveled to Iowa for the caucus to do campaigning for the Mittster.

My experience in Iowa was eye opening and wonderful in every way possible, even in -12 temperatures. :) While I still wouldn't say I am the most informed person on all policies, procedures, or even candidates ... I feel like I have common sense - which believe it or not - I feel has been my biggest strength when entering the political world.

Clearly, I am going to get political today. And before we go any further, my intent is not to offend. It is to simply offer something for all of us to think about.

Why do I bring this up today?

Because I am concerned about the current state of our country.

One concept in particular that has been weighing on my mind for quite sometime is this: where on this green earth has self-reliance gone?

Self-reliance ... It makes you wonder if some people have ever heard of it. Do all you can do to provide for yourself and your family then, and only then seek government assistance? Does that ring a bell?

Take for an example the man who lost his job due to the poor economy. He received unemployment for his circumstances, which can be a great program. However, when discussing job possibilities for this man he said he would rather receive the unemployment wage than go look for another job that paid less than that wage. Is there no pride in hard work and earning what you are given?

Abusing the system ruins the system for whom it was truly intended for.

Or take for an example someone who is receiving food stamps or WIC or any other branch of the welfare system. If you have money to purchase frivolous things {the cool new phone, iPads, furniture, cars, etc.} don't you have enough money to buy your own food or your baby's own food? If you are in need of help that much, shouldn't you choose to own/purchase the necessities and only the necessities? And let me tell you right now: an android or iPhone is not a necessity. It.is.not.

Abusing the system ruins the system for whom it was truly intended for.

Two things to think about:

1. Just because someone qualifies for assistance - does that mean you should automatically use it?
2. Nothing is truly free. Absolutely nothing.

Let's talk about how nothing is free for a moment ... As a single person with an education, I fall into a "rough" tax bracket. I complain about the taxes I pay because it always seems that even though I do not make more, I keep paying more. :) But whatev.

I am okay with the concept of taxes to a very large degree. I like that I contribute to society financially {I believe I do so numerous other ways also}. I like that I can help others who have not had the opportunities nor been as financially blessed as I have been.

In fact, I am sure 95% of you reading this blog understand that I also donate 10% of all my earnings to my Church {which does not go to pay members of my Church, rather to build churches, temples, schools, humanitarian aide etc.} I also make other contributions when possible to programs I believe benefit others.

The "free" money people receive comes from someone else who is earning that money through hard work. It is my money and the money of countless others who have put in effort to do something to receive it.

As previously mentioned, I personally have no problem paying my taxes to better society and to be given to other people who are working off their rear-ends and still come up short or who have had unfortunate circumstances but are trying to better those situations. That is fine, it is better than fine. But if my taxes are going to feed your child while you make a frivolous purchase/own unnecessities - I have a major problem with that.

Accepting money from someone else's work should not be done lightly.

Anyone applying for/currently on government assistance should honestly answer for themselves, "Am I doing all I can do?" and if the answer is no, then they should even more honestly ask themselves, "Should I take this money?" And then do the right thing.

Wow. We should all probably take a deep breath right about now. :)

And again for clarification: this post is about people who abuse the system. So if you are on government assistance, this post isn't about you and you don't need to get all up in my grill over this. However, if you do abuse this system - this post is about you - and if you are all hot and bothered by it ... I am hot and bothered by you abusing the system! What do you think of them apples?

Hmmm. I did just say we should all probably take a deep breath, didn't I? ;)

P.s. I am upping the stakes. 5,000 gold stars for anyone who can place their hands on their hips and make their elbows touch or even the attempt AND send me a photo of it. :)


Lissa Chandler said...

Ag. I'm not a Romney supporter or even a Republican (sorry), but you hit the nail on the head with this one. My husband and I have lived off a part time job and freelance work for a year and a half and even though we qualify for Medicad and WIC faster than most everyone we know, we're the only ones (that we know of) buying our own food and paying off our own hospital expenses. Which, since I had an emergency C-section and Max was in the NICU for most of the time we were there (four days), were astronomical and put us on a fifteen or sixteen month payment plan after we paid off thousands of dollars that we'd been saving. It used to really bother me because a lot of our friends who use government programs have nicer things and bigger living spaces than we do, but it doesn't bother me anymore because, even if they're okay with it, we're not okay with it and that's what makes the difference.

And that's my two cents worth.

Mallory said...

I like this post and I completely agree with you. I know of too many people who abuse the system so it makes me even less desirous to donate to those in need which is not good. But sadly I can't make my arms bend like yours, so no pictures or 5000 gold stars for me.

Krystal said...

amen and amen... I put more comments on facebook, so I won't repeat it here.. but I so agree

Avree said...

Agree with you 100%!

Jared said...

All I can say is:


Burke and Emily Adams said...

SOOO with you Mindy. Unfortunately, we too know of some serious abusers right now...one of which won't go find a job and get off unemployment because he is busy playing World of Warcraft 24/7. Makes me kinda sick.

Allred Mom said...

I LOVE this post! I, too, am sorry that people feel that unemployment is better than finding a job. And, self-reliance is so important! Just gave a lesson about it at our Stake RS auxiliary training. The world needs to learn the welfare program like the church does!

Katie Jane said...

I did not know that I followed my own blog... How awesome!

Shan said...

I agree. Just sent you a photo, it is horrendous.

Meg said...

Amen. I also know someone who wouldn't take a job that paid less than his unemployment. That attitude really irked me. I do understand that people can get into a situation where they need help and I don't have any problem helping them get back on their feet. But I don't think we should be helping the people who aren't trying to become self-sufficient because they will never change.

Erica said...

I wish everyone could value work the way we do. (sigh)

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