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The bi-partisan system (in terms of domestic social issues) in a nutshell. By Cody

The Republicans want less government but don't seem to realize the only way to accomplish that is to improve the situation of a lot of people who can't improve it themselves.

The democrats want to improve the situation of people whos situation needs improving but don't seem to realize the only way to do that (for most people) is to stay out of it and force them to grab bootstraps and improve the situation for themselves.

This whole thought just kept bouncing around in my head earlier this morning.

I don't know if I got it out right, I just thought I had it good enough to write down and throw at you guys.

Cody Heitschmidt
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  1. Sounds like a bunch of chickens running around with their heads cut off...

  2. We've been watching both dynamics in real time locally (in Houston) ever since Hurricane Katrina.

    When the busloads of the poorest of the poor who didn't leave New Orleans were transported out the vast majority of them came to Houston. Some went on further to Dallas but most came here. Offers came from other places but the folks wanted to stay geographically closest to "home" and to stay as a culture in one place.

    From the beginning everyone knew they'd stay here forever. We aren't talking about the folks who owned property - we're talking about people who rented or lived in low income housing.

    In their mix, since criminal records were lost and jails were opened so the prisoners wouldn't drown, came the gang members and the criminals.

    Crime soared here, gangs just transplanted from New Orleans to here with the people who came.

    It took money and additional manpower to clean up the crime, shut down the gangs, cure the inherent social problems of the poorest of the poor from New Orleans.

    All of those folks got free rent for a year (rent vouchers) and $2,500 cash to buy household items. As well as massive amounts of donated goods.

    The tide has turned. There were the screamers when the year of free rent ran out and it was extended but most folks by that time had found that out of the no upward movement of New Orleans, they could find a way to better themselves. the crime here decreased those who were intent on perpetuating it went back to New Orleans where there wasn't an active enough police presence.

    I'm more a fan of structural support - good police protection, safe neighborhoods, educational opportunities than I am a fan of perpetuating a welfare state.

    I'm a fan of the "hand up" rather than the "hand out".

  3. God helps those that help themselves, right? Well, unfortunately, too many people have figured out how to abuse the system. Hate to say it, but I have a sister that is a welfare junkie. Kept having kids at just the right time to stay on it. I've offered to help her get a job but now she says she's too old to learn something new. I can't help her if she's not willing to help herself so I quit trying. I am glad we have a society that has those kinds of programs (welfare, social security, etc) in place to help those truly in need and I hope that I never have to use them but I hope there are limitations and requirements for continued use. Not being familiar with it, I don't want to say there are not any but it just doesn't seem like it is enough to push them to help themselves. Are we off topic yet? lol.


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