I hit a wall yesterday.
One of my many friends on Facebook posted a ‘repost this!’ sort of thing; lots of those go around, after all. This one read:
Here….. Let me Piss some people off…..Thank you Florida, Kentucky and Missouri, which are the first states that will require drug testing when applying for Welfare. Some people are crying and calling it unconstitutional, How is this unconstitutional? It’s OK to drug test people who WORK for their money but not those who don’t? Re-post this if you’d like to see this done in all 50 states.
I managed to reel myself in from plastering his wall with ‘Shame on you!’, and instead posted to my own wall instead. The amount of mis-logic and classism on this subject just tears my head apart – why should people at the bottom continue to be kicked for being at the bottom? And I’m pretty sure that most Brits would jawdrop to realize that most US jobs, apparently, make you drug test. I avoided jobs that did that (my military time being the obvious and beyond acceptable exception) because frankly? How DARE you assume I’m guilty before I’m innocent. And even if I wanted to be smoking pot 100% of my off work time, if I’m doing you good work – why should it matter what I do?
‘But these people are living off of my tax money and should never smoke/drink/have nice things’ Oh sure. There are always always always going to be people exploiting the system. That happens at the top, it happens at the bottom, and you’ve probably stolen a few office supplies from work too. But how would you like it if your boss told you that you weren’t allowed to have cake, or soda, or that dress you like that your friend bought you as a present? So then, what makes you the company store over the poor, hrm? Hrm?
If people are truly concerned about their tax money at work, then by all means – talk to your Senators and Congresspeople. Tell them to quit wasting your money on sexually assaulting grannies and children (the TSA), and FEMA. Tell them to quit spending your money on overseas aid and to bring it back home to help people at the bottom of the pile. Tell them to give you ‘communist’ universal health care rather than funding it in the Middle East. Tell them to quit being the World Police and to bring our folks in uniform and their toys back home where they should be.
And most importantly, tell them to make the rich pay their share. The government, advertising agencies, etc – they all take advantage of this incredibly foolish idea that most Americans have that they’ll all make it rich someday. Because so many of us think that we ARE going to be rich, there’s too much damned leeway given, ’cause ‘That could be me!’. Where, much like death, it is significantly more probable that you and me will be poor and needing a handout; who wants to be adult enough to face up to and admit to that?!
Anyways, I could go on about other things, but I don’t want to spam your feeds. Suffices to say, it boils down to the golden rule – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. 😉