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    ...believe in. Lazy? On election day they'll be wishing we were lazy.

    That's good we know about these millionaires on the public dole now. Let's be real clear about the public response - taking unemployment insurance after losing a half-million dollar income is shameful, indulgent (hint: that's a bad thing) and they're losers. It's public information, right? Let's have it, name them, by zip code.

    I once met with a group of women volunteers, all older than me, to discuss how to prepare young women about to age out of our foster care to be on their own. We socialized for a while before starting the discussion. I'm white, great job, doing well financially, just starting foster care, had no experience with kids, little time, lots of fear, and a lot of love and resources to share. They were all older than me, African American, hadn't gone to college, not employed but had working husbands, and most seemed much less financially secure than I, with a steady stream of multiple foster children.  I did all of the listening and learned so much that day, even found a mentor who always answers my calls for advice. But the most extraordinary thing I realized though is that each and every one of us was not cashing our monthly checks for these kids but depositing them in a bank account for them to start out with. I thought it through and decided that the money was not meant for people like me and that the kids deserved it. When I realized most of these women lived on less, some much less, and naturally did the same I was humbled and ashamed I even gave it any thought.  

    Lazy? While Americans are sweeping up the detritus of mismanaged and immoral stewardship of this country's resources those dumb fucks have no right to look anywhere but the mirror looking for lazy. And we all need to be less academic, less patient, and more demanding for our labor, our taxes, and from our government. The words "society" and "social" were transformed into dirty words like "liberal" very intentionally and that's got to turn around and reenter new frames.    

    "People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy," Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins.

    by kck on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 09:09:41 AM PDT

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