Abuse is rampant

EDITOR:

What is happening in America?

I grew up in the 1930s. Times were extremely difficult for all Americans, but people took pride in taking care of themselves and their families.

When did our government decide to take over and control how we live? When did so many people lose their motivation and pride?

There are organizations, like St. Vincent De Paul, extending benefits to help the truly needy. Legitimate recipients are very few. I see many able-bodied young people-well dressed, smoking, using cell phones-with their hands out for assistance. No desire to help themselves.

I’ve seen at the senior lunch program many older Americans go to the seniors center for a free lunch. The parking lot is full of very expensive cars.

I know people with sizeable bank accounts getting new furnaces, new roofs, and new windows through government programs with taxpayers’ money, like the man with two million dollars in the bank that still qualifies for food stamps. Excuse me, that’s too demeaning. I mean a Bridge card. One out of every six Americans now has a Bridge card. Bridge cards were intended to help those truly in need.

Welfare abuse is rampant, and no one seems to care.

Government jobs are a drain on taxpayers’ money, yet the government continues to grow. Most government jobs are well-paid, and the benefits are exceptional.

Government jobs are non-productive. They exist on tax payer money. Some jobs are essential, but there is so much waste. Have you checked the perks that our Congress men have?

Sooner or later, we will all have to make sacrifices, or there will be a total collapse. J.F.K. said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

Abraham Lincoln also told us, “You can’t help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling the wage-payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s incentive and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”

Bob Triest

Spalding