Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that 47% of Americans are overly dependent on Government assistance. The comment created an uproar.
Watch this video (then continue): Mitt Romney Comment
In my opinion, providing entitlements to those citizens who are completely unable to work is good thing (we should do that)…
But if you CAN work, PLEASE work.
Don’t wish for a government that will give you more and more. It’s a trap.
Here is a section from my book on this subject…
Chapter 7: Earn Your Keep
The Deadbeat Epidemic
It’s a front-page story—fast becoming a large-scale, countrywide crisis. Will this be the end for us? Yes, of course, unless we get up and do something. It seems to me that freeloaders largely outnumber breadwinners; and one person can’t carry ten deadbeats in today’s expensive world.
This isn’t about one or two lazy people. We have an epidemic on our hands! Deadbeat dads, moms, and kids, deadbeat workers and bosses, deadbeat politicians, deadbeat Americans and Europeans—deadbeat people! Everyone has a few friends or family members with onset deadbeat tendencies. Some of us may even have it ourselves and not know it yet.
Hurry up, cover your mouth and disinfect your hands! Put on a yellow mask and a pair of rubber gloves. It’s spreading!
Initial symptoms include: an exaggerated longing for rest, a lost desire for work, an inability to get off the couch, and a decreasing concern for the well-being of one’s family, community, church, and country. Even worse, DB massacres ambition, rendering its victims useless.
As for my family and me, we would rather die a bloody death at the front lines of today’s hottest battles than to live in the false comforts of self-preservation. God forbid that we should even slightly deviate from our dreams. God forbid that we should drag out our days knowing that our lives matter for no cause beyond our own survival.
I cannot bear the thought of scrounging off of anyone else’s hard work for even a single day, without putting back something far more valuable in the days that follow. No, instead I pray in earnest that God will expend every last ounce of us Balsamos—that He will feed a hundred nations and many generations with the great quantity of plunder acquired with our calloused hands.
Naturally, there are times when we all need to live on the efforts of others—while recovering from a serious injury, after the sudden loss of a job, or during some other category-five catastrophe. During these hard times, we should never feel guilty for accepting a few handouts. Instead, we should thank God for the blessing of friends, families, and charities, and pay special attention to the way it feels to be loved by others. Then, right after recovery, we should emerge with newfound compassion to make a bigger and more lasting difference in our world!
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America is treading water (much more than we know it). We should definitely care for our disabled and elderly, but we can no longer carry the able bodied/able minded dead-beats on our shoulders… we are sinking.
In my opinion, a dead-beat is someone who is able to work and pay for their own housing, food, education, etc., but they rely on the government instead.
Emily and I have known the lows and highs of poverty and abundance. We have seen bad times and good times. Sometimes very bad and sometimes very good. We once received government assistance (an appreciated it), when we needed it. But during those days, we had a strong desire to steady our feeble knees so we could stand on our own two feet as fast as possible.
Somehow, we must teach this virtue to others and spread it like fire through our land.
UPDATE: Bill O’Reilly posted a video (2 days after this blog) called, “The Slacker Factor.” Check it out!