You Owe Me!
I don’t want to delve into how workers today expect more money, want the latest in technology at the office and demand plush benefits—that’s not what’s hurting the work ethic.
People expect handouts today whether it’s free government aid or disability benefits forever because a person has a bum thumb. And when they can’t meet their mortgage payments, they want to be forgiven for all debt and move on—and they can and do!
And it’s not hard to get these freebies either. In the northern New Mexico town I live in, more than half of our citizens (mostly the young without even a high school diploma) receive what we jokingly call here, “the blue card," or a total free ride on dental, medical, pregnancy care and hospital visits. When the babies arrive, they’re covered too.
Federal and state governments don’t help either as they make it easy to achieve unemployment benefits without even searching for a job, giving the unemployed an easy out by simply answering a question or two on the Internet—yes sir I did look for a job. In fact, many never left the comfort of their home watching their no-credit rental HDTV or surfing the net, also on a bargain rental.
They collect their unemployment checks (now electronically sent to bank accounts or via loadable debit card), cash disability checks before they head to play in their local softball league and stop by the grocery stores with a handful of food stamps. With all these freebies, why work? Why work at all?