Maybe I’m just feeling particularly crabby today, but I’m thinking this:
If it’s ok to tell people who *need* healthcare, but are unable to work that there are “no handouts”, why don’t we start culling the flock sooner?
Kid is born with birth defects, won’t be able to work? Eh. Get rid of ‘em. Same goes for old people, they’re not contributing anymore. Their time has passed. Move on.
Had a shit year and lost your benefits? Broke a leg? Better get those Popsicle sticks out and duct-tape ‘em on, we aren’t paying. Kid broke their leg? Shoot ‘em, just like a lame horse, because we won’t pay to get it fixed, and they won’t be able to walk again so…
I don’t think that ANYONE is saying, lets all stay home and let the rich people work for our benefits. I’m pretty damn sure that what we’re saying is, life has got to be more than “I got mine”. If it’s not, when what exactly is the point? If we can’t help the less fortunate…the people who are having a rough time, who don’t have the capacity (or just the sheer luck!) to have decent health care (or housing, or food) when we aren’t human anymore.
And more than that: If you are the one saying, “no handouts!” keep this in mind: It goes both ways. If something happens in your life that causes you to need help, don’t go looking for it. You can eat that foot you shoved in your mouth when you were being selfish, money-grubbing jerks.
I’ve been fighting the urge to quote NIN “Head Like a Hole” for weeks now. But I won’t, I already feel like I’m talking to myself here. The people who agree with me will still agree, the people who don’t…won’t. Nothing I say will change that. Including this.
I could attach a picture of my nephew, who probably had more surgeries in his first year than most of us will have in our lives. Show you this and say, he will likely take more out of the system than put in. What shall we do about it?
But that’s going for the sympathy vote.
Doesn’t matter. It’s easy to say, when you are already benefiting from the status quo, “Let’s not change it to benefit anyone else”. Because “humans” are selfish animals.