Sunday, March 05, 2006

Welfare Activists, Or Extortionists?

Monday marks the 35th anniversary of the storming of Caesars Palace by a group of welfare mothers who were angry about their plight. According to the Provo Daily Herald, "In 1971, a group of black welfare mothers burst into Caesars Palace, strode past replicas of Roman statuary and toga-wearing waitresses, and shut the casino down." All well and good, however, what were they protesting? "The state was the last in the nation to implement the food stamp program, and one of the last to set up nutritional programs and free medical screening for children.... Like many states during the early 1970s, the height of the "war on welfare," Nevada cut aid to the poor."

Heartless as some quaking liberals (commies) will yelp the following statement is, we must ask: what right do people on welfare, or anyone for that matter, have to demand money from the public treasury to provide a living or take care of them? Answer: none. CNN had a story on these women this morning. They all looked self satisfied and smug. The women on the program were on welfare at the time of the action. How many of them are still on welfare? Unfortunately, we'll probably never know. They were portrayed as heroines, and of a sort they were. Many blacks were shamefully treated in Nevada during the mid part of the century. They were denied their legal rights and segregated as they were in many other places across the country.

Does this excuse extortion? No. Many people now believe they are owed a living by society. They refuse to work and are unable to care for themselves? How else to explain the numbing inactivity by those who were unable to rouse themselves to leave New Orleans prior to and during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Their fate wasn't President Bush's fault. They have become accustomed to handouts and gifts. Panis et circenses. Today we see many who have still done nothing for themselves over six months after the storm. Lawsuits have been filed to force continued government support.

Whether this milestone will be trumpeted elsewhere remains to be seen on Monday. Unfortunately actions such as these may help people in the short run, but continued reliance on others to provide for you will eventually breed resentment which could lead to taxpayers to be less hospitable to helping the less fortunate among us.

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