Put Me In Charge
This is a newspaper article that was originally published on November 18, 2010 in the Waco Tribune Herald in Waco, Texas.
I first read it in an email that was forwarded to me by our staff cartoonist, the ever talented A.F. Branco, and it is just too good not to share! The email asked if I would have the guts to pass it on. I’ll do more than forward it to a few friends, I’ll share it with ALL THE WORLD to see!
This 21-year-old lady understands things more than most people 2 or 3 times older than she is! She sees her future crumbling in front of her, and she sees the solutions as nothing but common sense. I would have to say I most definitely agree with her! There is not a single thing that I disagree with her on! If she ever runs for office, I will DEFINITELY vote for her!
Put me in charge . . .
Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.
Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and document all tattoos and piercings. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, smoke or get tats and piercings, then get a job.
Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your “home” will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.
In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a “government” job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good”.
Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules. Before you say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin their “self esteem,” consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem.
If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.
AND while you are on Government subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Government welfare check. If you want to vote, then get a job.
I am the author of this letter to the editor at the waco Tribune and the last paragraph about voting is not mine.
Thank You for “your” honesty & “your” words..
Sounds like you’re not a woman either…I also got ‘the’ letter as shown above last year & just this past week….& loved it to include the last paragraph…BUT the fact remains that yet again, an informed & well intended effort has been compremised by the press. I, too, have had letters altered. A word added or omitted can change the entire meaning. I contacted the paper & was told it was “space” or charcter limits” Now I preface “if changes are needed, do not print’ But I suspect in your case it was an individual that “wished they had thought of this” wanted to imulate your thinking. Understandable it it (might) be…It IS STEALING of the worst kind….I hope that you will continue to share your thoughts & ideas, as they most certainly resonated truth & agreement in our house.
P.S. This should alert everyone to view with caution what they read, particulary if accompained by “if you have the guts”
I found you letter stil on file by googling Waco Trib site…well done
I hope you are lucky in life …. Sometimes things happen to good people…Don’t judge … i feel fortunate to be able to help without judgment.. God help us to love and not to hate.