Saturday, May 05, 2012

We should all be entitled to [insert favorite want here]

Just about any parent can tell you tales of how their children, when small were unable to comprehend that just wanting something did not entitle them to just take whatever it was. That is part of a parents job in raising a child, teaching them that nothing is free and we are not allowed to just take as we wish.

Many that did were disciplined in one way or another, hand slapped, spanked, stood in the corner or being made to return the item to rightful owner, most often something snuck off of the shelf of a store when the parent turned away to get something to purchase.

But we learned not to just take and that if we want something, we had to work for it. Having worked for whatever it was, we then actually appreciated it and took care of it, having spent sometimes several hours laboring away to earn the money to buy the item as it rightfully became ours.

It is an attitude as old as time itself indicated in the Bible and other religious writing from long ago. It’s time tested and helped form functioning and orderly societies. That is, until recent years.

It seems somewhere along the way, some “brilliant” minds decided that simply wanting something established a right to ownership. The concept of our rights being limited to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” was replaced by “I want, I should have.”

We’ve seen this attitude slowly growing in our country as even so called leaders make campaign speeches telling people they are “entitled” to whatever it is the group they speak before seems to feel entitled to.

We saw it during the 2008 campaign by a woman so mesmerized by Barack Obama, she freely spoke of not having to pay her mortgage, pay for her gas and by helping him by voting for him, he would help her by paying her way.

We’ve seen how well that has worked out for everybody.

We saw people buying homes well above their means and when the bubble burst and they were head over heels in debt, what did they do but demand government take money from someone else to pay off their own greed.

We now see it in student loans. Gone, I guess are the days of students whose parents can’t afford to pay for a college education actually worked part time to pay their tuition. No, they go out and borrow money and now that those expectations of high paying jobs are dried up, what do they do but cry over having to pay back what they borrowed from someone else?

They don’t want to pay it back, but expect, once again, government to step in and take money from someone else to pay off the debt that they ran up.

Probably this attitude of “gimmee” is seen nowhere better than when it comes to our healthcare. This was displayed recently when the 3rd Congressional District Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler hosted one of her limited “coffee’s” and was asked by a Jacqueline Kuran, who claims to be a small business owner, “Why are people dependent upon their job in order to have it? It’s just ludicrous. We should all be entitled to health care. …”

She further stated in comments, “I think this country is entitled to fairness.”

Just what is “fairness?” That depends on who is asked as we see her claims of being a business owner, yet unwilling to share her profits beyond that she deems is “fair.” Others that have little may see fair as her giving up some of her wealth to give to them, but Ms. Kuran doesn’t see it that way.

Further displaying her entitlement attitude she said, “Healthcare should not be profit driven by insurance companies, period.” Again based upon her thoughts. But, she should be entitled to earn a profit in her business while others may not?

Insurance companies are for profit ventures, just as her small business is. If there is no profit, there is no reason to be in business.

Pressed further on why she declares they should turn a profit, she replied, “Healthcare insurance should not be profit driven because of the obvious…”

Would that “obvious” be “profits for me but not for thee?”

What those like Ms. Kuran fail to grasp is that the more they strive to impose their idea of “fair,” the less opportunity there is for “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” due to government regulations, high taxes, exorbitant fees on business and individuals reaching out to better their lot in life.

Life itself is not “fair.” As was once explained to be a friend who worked as a Therapist, “if life were fair, we could poop on pigeons.”

Healthcare I not cheap, especially as so many run to a doctor or hospital emergency room for every little ailment that often could be treated at home or will soon pass. Paying for illegal aliens who flock to emergency rooms and do not pay their bills has cost many hospitals to raise rates, driving some out of business and limiting where we may seek healthcare.

We also see this entitlement attitude in the medical field as many now want the rest of us to pay for their contraceptives or abortions if they become pregnant and don’t want to burden of raising a child.

And this is where some of the biggest problems facing the country today lie. People expecting whatever it is they want to just be handed to them and politicians promising a “chicken in every pot” campaign speeches, hoping to bribe enough votes to propel them into cushioned seats of authority where they earn the big money off of us little people still struggling to make ends meet.

As long as people feel they are “entitled” to anything, they expect it provided for them with little to no effort on their part. They then do not appreciate what they have enough to care for it, still expecting someone else to take care of them and pay their way through life.

Sadly, it is shown most as people today don’t care enough to protect our country and way of life to keep those God given freedoms our founders put in place for us and are willing to elect whoever promises the most freebies, even though they sign away their freedoms in order to get their “entitlements.”

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.” President Gerald R. Ford in an address to a joint session of Congress on August 12, 1974.

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