The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel.
In the unintentionally hilarious humor category we have the article by Darlena Cunha, a former television producer, which appeared in the Washington Post about how irked she felt when she was judged by people as she drove up in her 2003 Mercedes to pick up her food stamps.
That’s the funny thing about being poor. Everyone has an opinion on it, and everyone feels entitled to share. That was especially true about my husband’s Mercedes. Over and over again, people asked why we kept that car, offering to sell it in their yards or on the Internet for us.
But it wasn’t a toy — it was paid off. My husband bought that car in full long before we met. Were we supposed to trade it in for a crappier car we’d have to make payments on? Only to have that less reliable car break down on us?
Go here to read the rest. Well yes, actually, you should have sold the Mercedes prior to sponging off the government. That is what most people used to do back when most people had pride, realized that they had a duty to support themselves, and understood that any form of government support should be a last resort. I frequently counsel people who are down on their luck financially as part of my bankruptcy practice and one of the first things I tell them is to sell off expensive cars and anything else that can bring in needed cash.
Reading Ms. Cunha’s article we find that her hubbie is a journalist and he was unemployed for years until a new journalism gig opened up. Sorry, when a man has a family he has a duty to support that family and if that means taking a job outside of his field that is what you do. Instead, he was content to have his family take welfare benefits rather than do that.
The primary reason this country is in the mess it is in is because we have forgotten some key truths about the human condition. One of those truths was summed up nicely by President Calvin Coolidge. That terse Yankee didn’t say much compared to most politicians, but when he did it was almost always something to heed:
“The people cannot look to legislation generally for success. Industry, thrift, character, are not conferred by act or resolve. Government cannot relieve from toil. It can provide no substitute for the rewards of service. It can, of course, care for the defective and recognize distinguished merit. The normal must care for themselves. Self-government means self-support.”