OK, it’s your choice – you get to pick one:
To earn the $20 per hour, you have to get up around dawn, grab a quick breakfast or hit the drive-through, fight traffic or commuter crowds, work all day, fight the homeward commute, do dinner, maybe watch a little TV and hit the sack to get ready to do it all again tomorrow.
To qualify for the $30 per hour, you get up when you feel like it, have a leisurely breakfast, stay home and watch TV or hang with friends, eat whenever you feel like it, be free to have sex when and where you choose and then do it again tomorrow if you so choose.
I’m kidding, right?
Well, not really. Let me give you a bit of information taken from a report by the Senate Budget Committee. In fiscal year 2012, between food stamps, housing support, child care, Medicaid and other benefits, the average U.S. household below the poverty line received $168 a day in government support. Hmmm. (But you already knew that from the mainstream media, right?)
Now let’s compare that to median household income in the U.S. The median household income in America is just over $50,000. So what’s the beef? $50,000 annual income averages out to $137 a day. Let’s put it another way: Government assistance pays the equivalent of $30 an hour while the average job pays around $20 an hour.
OK. So let’s get this straight: I can jump through the hoops and earn $20 per hour, or lay up, chill out and make $30 per hour? How do I decide? Eeeny, meeny, miny, mo …
Given those options, it doesn’t take a genius to understand why Hawaii, California, New Mexico, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, New York, Maine have more “takers than makers.”
Since it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out, what kind of intellect doesn’t understand how to fix it?
Perhaps the following statistics can shed some light on the subject. What follows is a list from Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt to Barack Hussein Obama. It outlines, by percentage, how many in the past 19 administrations actually worked in the private business sector prior to being appointed to the presidential cabinet. In other words, they were people who had actual experience in business.
Here are the percentages:
T. Roosevelt: 38 percent
Taft: 40 percent
Wilson: 52 percent
Harding: 49 percent
Coolidge: 48 percent
Hoover: 42 percent
F. Roosevelt: 50 percent
Truman: 50 percent
Eisenhower: 57 percent
Kennedy: 30 percent
Johnson: 47 percent
Nixon: 53 percent
Ford: 42 percent
Carter: 32 percent
Reagan: 56 percent
G.H. Bush: 51 percent
Clinton: 39 percent
G.W. Bush: 55 percent
Obama: 8 percent
Let me ask you something: Would you turn your computer, your car, your air conditioner or your heart surgery over to someone with absolutely no experience? Yet we have placed America under the control of an administration where only 8 percent of the people trying to direct the greatest economy in the history of the world have any actual hands-on experience in business. Can someone say “community organizer”?
Another challenge: Preliminary government data indicates that 40.7 percent of all 2012 births were out of wedlock. Among non-Hispanic blacks, the figure is highest, at 72.2 percent; for American-Indians/Alaska Natives, it’s 66.9 percent; 53.5 percent for Hispanics; 29.4 percent for non-Hispanic whites; and 17.1 percent for Asians/Pacific-Islanders. Keep in mind, all the figures relating to illegal immigration, welfare trillions, illegitimate birthrates are relatively new. “Back in the day,” almost none of these problems existed, even in the black communities during rigid segregation.
There are relatively few who would argue that America is not on a road leading to potential destruction – economically, socially, morally. Are there any workable solutions? The answer is a resounding yes!
There is a simple solution that would almost immediately have a profound, measurable impact in four areas: 1) It would cut a minimum of more than $1.2 trillion per year in government benefits from the budget, 2) shut down the number of illegitimate births, 3) eliminate the problem of an estimated 11+ million illegal immigrants already here and shut down the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S., and 4) immediately boost the economy by having millions re-entering the job market to become working citizens.
All this could be easily, simply and permanently resolved via the application of just one simple, biblical principle. (Remember, the Bible is not a religious book.) As stated in an earlier column, a principle is an inner settled conviction which guides one’s behavior and life. A procedure is an external policy or method imposed from outside and is generally applied to facilitate principles.
Behold, a revolutionary new concept!
“Brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ we command you to stay away from any believer who refuses to work and does not follow the teaching we gave you. You yourselves know that you should live as we live. We were not lazy when we were with you. And when we ate another person’s food, we always paid for it. We worked very hard night and day so we would not be an expense to any of you. We had the right to ask you to help us, but we worked to take care of ourselves so we would be an example for you to follow. When we were with you, we gave you this rule: “Anyone who refuses to work should not eat.” We hear that some people in your group refuse to work. They do nothing but busy themselves in other people’s lives. We command those people and beg them in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and earn their own food.” (2 Thessalonians 3: 8-12 – emphasis added)
Just FYI, in another place, you find that “widows and orphans” (in the true sense of the words) are exempted. Oh, by the way, if you somehow think the use of the name of the Lord Jesus Christ makes the concept “religious” in nature, you can just leave it out.
Simple solution: No workee, no eatee.
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