Monday, October 6, 2008

A bailout rant

I don't post many rants but every once in a while I get annoyed enough with what's going on that I just can't help myself. I can't believe how lazy people are. This country is so well off and so successful that we can't imagine what we'd do if we actually had to TRY to get by. The poorest people in the country live better than the "well off" people living in third world countries. There's enough money floating around to support millions of workers who do nothing but sit on their ass all day and push buttons. Then they have the gall to bitch about how much their job sucks. They're also shocked when their job is shipped overseas or they're fired because of "budget cuts". This entitlement mentality is what's destroying this country. The politicians are certainly helping but you can't put all of the blame on them. There are most definitely some legitimate, hard workers that are swept up in all of this mess and are hurting because of what's going on but those are the people that will, 99% of the time, bounce back and recover.

My mother in law is a 60 something retiree. She skis damn near every day in the winter and hikes almost every day in the summer. She's in better shape than I am. She's got a masters degree. She owns her house outright and takes multiple vacations every year. One day we got on the subject of social security and when I suggested that we just get rid of it she looked at me like I'd just smacked her in the face and said that she'd never be able to get by without it. When my wife was growing up she remembers her taking the occasional substitute teaching job but otherwise she lived the same lifestyle. This is the mentality of the typical American. Everyone wants to live the easy life but no one wants to work for it. That's how it's been for half a century so why should we change anything now? They look to our politicians to make sure that this lifestyle is maintained.

Winston Churchill was right. The best argument against democracy is a 5 minute conversation with the average voter. Most people are retarded. Most of the people who aren't realize this and just do what they can to make sure that they and their's can live comfortably. The people who are in a position to actually make a difference and pretend to care about the average joe are already incredibly well off and will never "give till it hurts" to make sure that the people that they "care" about get a helping hand. Stop worrying about everyone else and start worrying about yourself. Educate yourself. Work hard. Make sure that YOU and YOURS are taken care of. Become exceptional at what you do. Be able to do something else if what you want to do doesn't work out for you. If everything goes to shit and your neighbor decides that he deserves what you've got more than you do then be willing and able to prove to him that he doesn't one way or another.

I say let the cards fall where they will. We'll see hard times one way or another. The question is what position do you want to be in when the cards are falling and after we start to pick up the pieces? The harder we try to prop things up the farther we'll fall when everything crashes. The last thing that I want to see is for us to stave off another crash just long enough for the politicians to make sure that honest people who are willing to protect themselves when the government can't do it for them have no means to. We need to be honest with what REALLY caused our biggest problems and have systems in place to make sure that it doesn't happen again when we start to rebuild. We need to stop relying on other people to do everything for us. Unfortunately, thanks to shit like political correctness and greedy assholes posing as philanthropists that always seem to gain a lot of steam when most of the population is well off I don't see how we can ever stay successful forever. Human nature is a bitch.