That’s a Feature, Not A Bug

“The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don’t work even harder than we did in 2008, then we’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘you are on your own,’” Obama told a crowd of 200 donors over lunch at the W Hotel.


You say that like it’s a bad thing.  I believe that in order to be able to truly succeed, you must take the risk of failure.

You know what, when we made the decision for my husband to launch his business, we made sacrifices.  We gave up the once weekly date night out.  We still have date night; we just got more frugal about it.  Instead of going out to dinner, we pick up take-out and rent a movie.  I pack a lunch for work rather than going out to eat. We have one car which is now paid off.

We still had some skinny times.  I missed a mortgage payment.  Rather than ask anyone to prop me up and bail us out, I talked to the mortgage company and made 4 payments+25%+applicable late fees to make it up. We are already on our own, and yet the current administration wants to make it more difficult and more expensive for my husband to build his business.  This administration wants to raise taxes on the productive class, the job creators, so the non-productive won’t be on their own.

I used to work at a comic book store.  It was awesome and fun.  I loved what I did.  Who wouldn’t like being paid to read comic books, play games, and snark at customers? Of course, it didn’t pay well.  And my employer did not offer a health insurance plan.  So alas, I gave up my fun job and got a grown-up one with benefits.

And I still work a grown-up job with benefits because I’m an adult, and I believe being on my own is a good thing.  Sure, that means I’ve got added responsibilities, but that also means that I get to make the rules.  I’ve got no curfew, and I don’t have to eat my beans.  I don’t want the government as my parents and safety net because as long as I’m living under this roof…

You heard that from your parents, right?

The person paying the bills makes the rules.  If I’m paying your medical bills, I’m probably going to insist on you losing that extra 20 pounds.  I am going to insist that you eat your vegetables and brush your teeth.  If I’m going to pay for your college degree, I might just decide that I get to pick what degree that is.  I’m probably going to dictate what you do with that degree later too, and it’s going to be something for my benefit, not yours.

Think it couldn’t happen that way?  Oh sure, because this administration would never attempt to use the talents and hard work of people for their benefit in return for nothing.

I want a government that tells the American people, ‘you are on your own.’ That sounds like freedom to me.

h/t Uncle

9 thoughts on “That’s a Feature, Not A Bug”

  1. Well Obama is a hardcore liberal, so to him it most certainly IS a bug.

    Can’t build a collectivist utopia when the country is full of autonomous, individualistic, self-reliant people who love liberty, now can you?

  2. Concur! We NEED to be on our own, to succeed or fail as we are able… And I damn sure don’t want MY hard earned $$ paying for somebody to sit on their ass and benefit from MY labor…

  3. Wikipedia: The word government is derived from the Latin verb gubernare, an infinitive meaning “to govern” or “to manage”.

    You can’t “manage” freedom anywhere but into the ground. Freedom IS a bug to government.

    Don’t manage us, bro!

  4. +1 on everything here.

    Considering that my tax money goes to fund poor families with 3+ children, I might as well just hand them a damn check every week.

    *We* can’t do anything to change what’s happening in our country, except vote, but voting doesn’t guarantee anything.

    This country seems to be in a constant downward spiral, and pretty soon, things will overload. Look at the Occupy movement..

  5. Agreed. I have absolutely no problems lending a helping hand to someone who needs it…someone who’s business tanked, or who’s boss’ business tanked…or who was injured on the job or in an accident (not due to criminal stupidity or alcohol-related). But when I see some 300 pound lady (no ethnicity mentioned…this particular problem is broad-spectrum) with 6 screaming kids who’s paying for her T-bones and beer with food-stamps, I swear one of these days I’m going to just let go and say what I REALLY want to say. Government…get out of the micromanagement business and start running the country. Period. That’s it. Just run it…don’t run it into the ground.

  6. ” The dirty little secret about freedom is that it means YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN” Clarence Thomas.

    Long live the honorable Justice, he’s one of my heroes!!

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