Hi there… Just dropping a line or two to let you know what I’ve been up too lately. I’ve been looking for my misplaced optimism. I know I had it with me when I returned home to Oceanside in October of 2010, I remember feeling it in December of 2011. Today is April 24, 2012 and I have no clue as to where my optimism has gone. I’ve asked a few folks if they’ve seen it and they were very frank in telling me that they had not. Some of these very same folks mentioned that come to think of it,they too were noticing some misplaced optimism of their own.
“ Tell Me Something Good.”
8.6 million people in the United States collect disability. 10 billion dollars a year is spent on this. Last year I asked someone to leave my home when I learned that while in good health and living with some major bad decisions, that I as a taxpayer was indirectly, directly supporting him based on a false disability. This person is going to school, driving a nice vehicle, Has plenty of time to do whatever he wants whenever he wants due to the fact that we are supporting him and his three young sons. There is nothing wrong with him physically and no he doesn’t have PTSD. This man is over 35 years of age. What blew me further away was that he doesn’t have a problem with it. At All. I don’t owe you a thing as an individual. As a sister of the world there are courtesies, as a fellow citizen and neighbor there are courtesies and considerations. As a veteran my gratitude and thanks. As a freeloader? If you had to earn it in some way then you might make better choices. To actually believe that you are owed this, that due to your ability to fool all of the folks that you have had to fool that I too am a fool? I’m terribly sorry, but would you please leave my home. I am appalled. I am appalled because this has been going on for so long all across our country and appalled that he actually thought “ he wasn’t doing anything wrong.” That “ Everyone Does It “ It certainly brought to mind “ The Brooklyn Bridge and Lemmings of the world unite! “
What continues to appall me is that I am discovering so much more of it in conversation with folks and as a taxpayer I don’t believe that it is fair. Sure we can have the whole “Well what’s fair conversation. Etc. “ I am saying that no, it is not fair and that it is unethical. As a taxpayer I don’t want to continue to do business as usual anymore. It’s NOT working. It IS part of the problem. Call me old fashioned but I do believe that if you’re not willing to work, to Do Nothing and expect to be paid for it then, Do Something according to your actual abilities. Heck, there are literally tons of things that actual disabled persons do, do. We have streets to be cleaned, trash to be picked up, park benches that need painting, playgrounds that need repair. These are just a mere sample of things folks collecting debatable disability can and should do instead of us paying for them to decide what they want to be when they grow up, If they grow up and take personal responsibility for themselves.
So damn it… Where’s my optimism?