I'm at odds with the world - The Lyorn's Den
Fri Feb. 19th, 2010
12:04 am - I'm at odds with the world
The stupid cough I always got in sports class or when running after the bus as a teen? The one that became chronic until I was short of breath every winter and had to take cough meds to walk through town, call time-out in role playing games because I was unable to speak for the wheezing, and got sent out of class in lessons following sports because my coughing made talking in the room impossible? The one that went away only when I was well into my twenties? Has a name. Can be treated.
I found that out two days ago.
In other news... Every day I walk past the tabloid headlines on my way to work. At the moment, it's all about people being "wealthy" on welfare, as one of my least favourite politician deigns to call it. Headline says, paraphrased and translated, "Why work?"
Uh, because you might want to go to the movies now and then? Read books? Eat something other than ramen noodles? Wear clothes that do not fall apart after half a season? Do not have sleepless nights because the washing machine might break down and there is no way you can afford to replace it? Not sleep on a banged-up sofa?
OTOH, if some person is the type who really hates the rat race, hates getting up early, hates how the hours spend working for The Man cut into their time more than they dislike living in a bedsit and eating ramen noodles, why the heck don't we just let them? It is not as if there is a shortage of workers to do unqualified jobs. It's not as if it costs much. It probably costs less than watching their every step to make sure that they try to get one of those jobs that are not even minimum wage (because there is no minimum wage), and where you can ask yourself with some justification, "Why work?"
Or the person in question might have five kids and a stay-at-home-wife and live-in grandma, and get enough on welfare to support them all -- which, yes, they couldn't do on a no-we-don't-have-minimum-wage job. So they are doing what the government is paying middle class folks to do: Have heaps of kids, have the little wife stay home, care for one's elderly. Only when it's poor people who get the dough it suddenly becomes "OMG they are taking our money!!!1!1elventy-one!"