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Friday, February 20, 2009

55 Flash Fiction - Tim & Sal #16

"They're railing about the help for homeowners."

"They're complaining about helping their neighbors?" asked Tim.

"They seem to think that money's coming from them."

"Tax money. I'd wager they pay less in taxes than the people who need help."

"Why didn't they rail about the misuse of the earlier funds?"

"They must be Republicans."

"Indeed."

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9 Comments:

At Friday, February 20, 2009 at 8:10:00 AM EST, Blogger Mona $visitorIP said...

That one word is self explanatory ! it is a 'One word Novel' it speaks Volumes!

At Friday, February 20, 2009 at 8:44:00 AM EST, Blogger barman $visitorIP said...

I do not mind helping the deserving but I do object to helping those that do not try and help themselves and worse yet blame everyone else.

At Friday, February 20, 2009 at 9:01:00 AM EST, Blogger Shadow $visitorIP said...

self explanatory it is. this rings true no matter where in the world you may be...

At Friday, February 20, 2009 at 11:57:00 AM EST, Blogger Lulda Casadaga $visitorIP said...

When I listen to the comments of these politicos I just don't know what to believe or what the hell they are talking about! :/

At Friday, February 20, 2009 at 6:58:00 PM EST, Blogger Mary $visitorIP said...

Hmmm... very thought provoking.

At Friday, February 20, 2009 at 7:11:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Hi Barman,

Long time, no see.

Regarding your "not mind helping the deserving but I do object to helping those that do not try and help themselves and worse yet blame everyone else." First of all, who are the deserving and who is supposed to do the determenation? What about the people who have been laid of simply due to the state of the economy? Who's determining whether they are trying to help themselves? Is it wrong to lay the blame at the feet of someone else, if they were working as hard as possible, meeting all expectations, perhaps exceeding them, and were still laid off? Its happening. Do you have any inkling of how bad the economy is right now? Microsoft, who has never had a layoff since it started, is laying off people, that's how bad things have gotten. You may find yourself in a similar situation, would you want help, would you deserve help?

I think that just being an American, or perhaps just being a human, would be enough to be deserving of help, don't you?
I think that since it has been passed by elected officials, and we cannot change it, that the determination has already been done, the fact that they meet the criteria set forth, and apply for the help, says they are deserving and trying to help themselves, right?
Blaming someone else has never been part of any criteria for aid, if it were, then the banks who squandered hundreds of billions of dollars to buy other banks instead of using it to maintain hardworking and qualified workers, wouldn't have gotten a dime. Banks by the way aren't real people, they employ real people and are run by real people, and pay (perhaps) real people, but they are corporations, heartless and devoid of compassion, with the soul purpose of protecting people with money from the liabilities, most people do not receive such protections. So are you going to say these large corporations deserved all those billions and people who part of the economy, are not deserving? It was large corporations with their vast resources who got us into this mess (well, so did the buyers,) they had a much higher probability of predicting the outcome we currently face than the working stiff who was taken in by these schemes, but the corporations pursued this path anyway.

In reality, helping others to help the economy is helping ourselves, so do you deserve that? I think you do. I think these people who might become homeless do, too.

I read about a carpenter who lived about 200 centuries ago, who wasn't actually doing carpentry at the time, he was travelling with a band of companions. When it was time for him to pay taxes, he didn't complain, instead he got the money and told those around him, "Render unto Caesar, that which is Caesar's." Maybe you've heard the story, its about a fellow called Jesus of Nazareth.

At Friday, February 20, 2009 at 7:12:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Hi Shadow,

Right now, the economy is bad everywhere, so I suspect the concern is everywhere.

At Friday, February 20, 2009 at 7:20:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Hi Lulda,

My grandmother used to tell me, "Don't believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see."

I try to use better sense than just a plain rule of thumb, and use logic wherever I can, and a few rules about what I feel is "the right thing to do."

I also tend to look at attitudes, and whether someone is trying to help themselves or trying to help others. I look at whether they seem to care about others, and whether they have done things to make me think they aren't honest. Many politicos aren't concerned with others, and aren't honest. Following what they are talking about isn't that hard, as long as you're aware of what is going on most of the time.

At Friday, February 20, 2009 at 7:23:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Hi Mary,

Thought provoking is what I strive for, despite all efforts against it, I try to make people think. Why should I be the only one cursed to think about things all the time, when I can drag others (kicking and screaming) along with me? :D

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