osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

Why I Despair

NPR had an interview with an undecided Virginia voter. Said voter, a veteran, was concerned that it was "too easy" to get entitlements, like unemployment, although said person had himself needed public support. "But I was really working hard to get a job," as opposed to simply taking the easy way to a hand out.

I am always curious on what basis people believe that lots of other people are sliding along while they -- and they alone! -- are actually worthy recipients? Yeah, yeah -- I get cognitive dissonance. Mind you, unemployment insurance is something you actually pay for when working -- just like vetrans benefits are something you actually were promised in exchange for potentially risking your life, and just like a pension and health benefits were things you negotiated for when you were working and chose to stay in the job. But somehow, these things, when they belong to others, are "entitlements."

Yes, when we negotiate a contract, I am entitled to believe you will honor it.

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