Daily Archives: December 13, 2011

Define Necessity

There are some new pictures floating around the internet entitled “Define Necessity”. They  compare the dire poverty seen in parts of the world with the abundance of presents in shopping carts or surrounding a well decorated Christmas tree.

I don’t think there are children in America who are quite that skeletal…yet. The way the safety nets are being pulled out from under unemployed parents, it might come to that yet.

What is a “necessity’? Take a look at the definition:


something necessary  or indispensable: food, shelter, and other necessities of life.
We have always had on this planet people who lack even the necessities of life. There will always be, barring the end of the world in 2012, the starving homeless among us. That’s not any news to us.
What is so bothersome to me are those at the other end of the spectrum and the attitudes of disdain which are being so openly expressed towards those in need.
A friend of mine posted a snide remark about one of the Republican candidates running for national office. An obvious supporter of his fired back a scathing message.
Any of the GOP candidates are a hellova lot smarter than the idiot in the White house now! Tax the rich their fair share? What’s fair? We pay six figures in taxes, work our asses off to give it to lazy welfare people? Well find a way to hide it, don’t worry, then the middle class will pay it! Obummer is Jimmy Carter on steroids, when he left, taxes were 75% for upper income, that’s fair! You liberals make me furious”.
Because she was a friend of a friend , I had access to her web page. It shows several pictures of a very well groomed woman, a couple of her friends and her husband at a casino, spa, black tie charity event at a luxury hotel, and a group picture of obviously well nourished healthy children and grandchildren. Her jewelry can probably be guaranteed to be real and abundant. She’s leading the good life. There’s no doubt about that.
It is my prayer that this friend of a friend never has to experience welfare. There are multi-thousands of Americans who were at one time comfortably middle class who are having first hand experience. In their wildest dreams, they probably never envisioned being jobless, homeless, broke and on welfare. If that friend was more aware, she herself is only one divorce away from the possibility of that position herself. Of course she’s probably in a position to have a smart lawyer.
Why is it that the adjective lazy automatically modifies the condition of people being on welfare? Such people love to shout out “Get a job!” They have no knowledge of what brought about such a condition.
This is the right time of year to bring out the Scrooge in a lot of the very wealthy. This woman is confident enough in her money income and investments to brag about hiding assets and making the middle class pay more. She complains of six figure income taxes yet she still obviously has enough left to live a very high style life. Maybe she was the one, or one of her friends, who recently paid $203,000 for a Hermes bag. It looks as if she could handle it.
Life is not fair. It never has been. Life is a roll of the dice. This woman was fortunate. Her Prince Charming came with the potential to win mega-wads of cash. With the hard work she says “we” (probably meaning her husband and herself) do, she is able to stay trim by working her ass off. She feels everyone else should do the same. I agree. But first they need a job.
There are no longer workhouses for the Scrooges of the world to send the homeless debtors to until they can pay their debts. There are just the streets, and if they are lucky, food pantries to provide the necessities to keep them alive. But then perhaps it is better to let these lazy welfare people die and decrease the surplus population while they are at it.
Namaste. Attic Annie


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