Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Why the fuck am I told that I should tolerate this bullshit?

Here’s a little peek into my life thus far.  (Warning: Self-indulgence ahead).  When I was a senior in high school, I had zero study halls my senior year.  I took French IV even though I didn’t have to, and even taught French to little first graders every Tuesday for a year;  I took pre-calculus;  not only did I take physics, but I did AP chemistry as well.
It's too small to tell, but I'm actually physically in this photo.
This was when we pulled into Kiel, Germany during our
BALTOPS exercise in 2004.

In the Navy I graduated 3rd in my A school and spent three years on the USS San Jacinto.  While I was there, I earned a Flag Letter of Commendation for my service as a mess crank (food service attendant), I got qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, I became a watch supervisor after a year of working as a cryptologist, and eventually I was put in charge of our cryptologic collection efforts.  At one point, my chief put me in charge of tasking the ships in the 5th Fleet, American and foreign, whenever the carrier pulled in to port.  When we had a shortage of linguists, I learned some Farsi over chat with another linguist and from a book she sent me.  When we finally got a linguist, he was hugely impressed with my ability to hold a conversation and translate faster than the actual linguists.

I was responsible for briefing the captain every day about the shit we found, and he often asked my young, dumbass 22 year old self for my opinion on what the hell was going on in the gulf.  I tested 2 top secret systems, and actually made one of them work in theater for the first time ever.  By the end of my Navy career, I had reached E-5, earned a Navy Achievement Medal (NAM), the Iraq Campaign Medal (we guarded KAAOT and ABOT), and I was a sharpshooter with a pistol and rifle to boot.

This is how I imagine some of the kiddies saw me
in college: old, weary, and through.
In college I graduated Summa cum Laude with a 3.98 GPA; I was in the top 10 of my class; I was a double major and received both the Clio Award for Excellence in History (best history major), and the Outstanding Political Science Major award (best political science major).  I was nominated for the Sr. Maryanna Childs’ Writing Award, and one of my professors had even invited me to take a graduate course as an undergrad student (I got an A for that course).  I tutored students in college writing, history, political science, geography, sociology, and social work.  I achieved all of this while going through a divorce and taking care of my two young children.

Now that I’m out of school, to keep myself sane I am learning Latin on my own.  I’m currently into the second text book of the series.

All of that was not just meant to bolster my ego, or to show all of my readers how ballin’ out of control I am.  The purpose of that was to show that I am a guy who works hard at everything he does.  I’ve spent the last 10ish years pushing my intellectual limits and always putting forth maximum effort at everything I do.

So please tell me why I have a bunch of assholes telling me that I have to surrender part of my paycheck to support some lazy, good for nothing, douche bag leeches who abuse welfare.

News flash bleeding-hearts: welfare abusers are out there.  They are people who get on welfare because they’re out of a job and have like 12 kids, and instead of going out to get a job, they stay on welfare.  Why do they do this?  Because you fucks allow them to do it.

Why the fuck do you allow them to do it?  Because you think that everyone on welfare is somehow a disenfranchised victim of “the evil corporations,” or racists.  You’re afraid of being seen as politically incorrect.  They’re all victims, right?

Too good to pass up.
You know what?  Eat my hard-working ass.  Welfare abusers exist, and they’re making it generational.  Why do you think their kids have a sense of entitlement?  Because they see that mommy and daddy ARE entitled to bullshit that no one should be.  Whenever I imagine myself getting rich, like if I came up with an idea that exploded and got me a lot of money, I want to puke my fucking guts out knowing that some shit heads in society would want to take over 50% of that income from me and give it to some shit head who hasn’t worked in 10 years.

I’m not racist or classist or whatever.  I know that there are millions of hard-working people on welfare.  They work long hours for little pay, and they can’t make ends meet.  Those people deserve help, and I am glad that they get my help.

But there are too many people who are content to live off the sweat of my brow.  Please, bleeding hearts, tell me how this is just.  I’m all for helping those who can’t help themselves, but tell me what sense it makes that hard-working men and women have to help those who don’t want to help themselves.


Anonymous said...


Annother interesting point you bring up.

Today i will be your HTNS

Objectivly, and with my limited knowledge of how everything in the system works, you have a few things fighting against those who actually want to give a shit.

You have the fact that many people who are on welfare live in poor neighborhoods with poor schoolsystems. Places wehre you cant go and just learn, you go there and worry about who your seen with so you dont get shanked or curbstomped.

on top of that, IF their parents are all over welfare like they deserve it, then that attitude will get handed down to the kids. unless somehow, someone intervenes and REALLY gets to the children and says "hey, this shit aint right", they will be just like mom and dad.

Lastly, Knowing a LITTLE bit about you personaly Jack... We do have a bit of something called "unered privilages" because of our race/sex. People dont tend to cross the street to avoid a group of us. and that DOES have a long and painful mental impact on someones life.

Now thats a double edged sword because sometimes, even if you truely are the best at what you do, a company or branch hasnt filled their quota and must pass you up.

but this isnt about us, this is about people on welfare who dont give 2 shits.

i agree that this shit aint right, but what would you have us do? if your on welfair but are fit for work, please report to the prisons for manual labor?

Can you get a local organisation to go into homes of peopel on welfair, tell them that they are raising their children wrong and then try to explain to little johnny that Mommy and Daddy are lazy and good for nothing?

Anonymous said...

oh btw, that was


Silverfiddle said...

The answer is to stop all public payment programs. No public housing, no welfare, no food stamps. We are subsidizing ignorance, sloth and societal dysfunction. Whatever we subsidize, we get more of.

Turn it all over to local, private charities.

Jack: Is this a big backlash from taking that test that said you were liberal?

Jack Camwell said...

Silver: Haha, good one. No, this is just something that's been bothering me ever since the Democrats started saying we don't need to reform welfare.

Smitty: You know me fairly well personally. You know I graduated from the same school as Doug. I've had some real advantages in life, namely Catholic education, and I've benefited greatly from it.

I have to confess that I don't have any real solutions other than to say "we need to fix it somehow." I don't think we should stop all the spending on this issue, because there are children that would greatly suffer for it.

The best thing that I can think of would be to look at all the recipients and give them ultimatums. For those who are employed but still need assistence, then they are good to go. They can't help that they get paid a shit wage.

For those who are not employed and are able-bodied, they need to be given an ultimatum. "You have 1 year to find a job, ANYTHING, or else you're off the dole." That could still potentially cause suffering to children who don't deserve it, but it's either we continue to hemmorhage money or we fix the problem, and because the government allowed this to happen in the first place, it's not going to be pretty.

I agree that it's generational. I've seen it in action. When I worked at the Godman Guild over the summer, I could always tell which kids had welfare abusing parents. Those were the kids that didn't want to work for their money, thought that they were ENTITLED to the job we gave them, and thought they were supposed to get paid for doing nothing.

The kids who worked hard and were grateful had parents that were working 3 jobs just to stay afloat, and STILL needed government help. Those kids were smart, hard working, and most of them are going off to college. They will be something someday because their parents aren't lazy shit heads.

Country Thinker said...

As long as we were having a economic philosophy discussion over at PR, let's bring it here! This time, though, I think you'll agree. If you enjoy learning, check out Walter Williams' The Economics of Race. No one has studied the effect of do-good policies on minorities for as long or as thoroughly as Dr. Williams. He has concluded that these do-good programs create the problem you identify as career welfarism.

The irony is, then, if results matter, it is the bleeding hearts who are racist, either knowingly or unknowingly.

Jack Camwell said...

I'll have to check that out.

I think you're right about the irony of it. I've had this discussion about "Black History Month." It's ironic because most African American's embrace it, because they get a whole month to themselves.

But the funny part is that it actually screws them. Instead of African Americans being integrated into the larger historical narrative of American History, they're relegated to one month a year.

Karen Howes said...

Oh, Jack, don't you see that excelling is BAD? We're all supposed to be equal[ly mediocre].

Ever see the bumper sticker, "Work harder-- millions on welfare are depending on you"?

Jack Camwell said...

Haha, yes Karen. I've often posited that America has become the place where "everyone has an equal chance to be just as good as the next guy," when we should be the place where no one is going to stop you from being the best.

ickenittle said...

Welfare does need reform but let's not ignore where the real rip-off comes into play that truly costs us far more. The nearly 0% interest rate on our savings and CD's. Our falling wages and higher health insurance premiums. Our declining home values and lost 401Ks.
The predatory fees from the banks, credit card,cable, car insurance and cell companys-who base our rate on the false, bankster originated "credit score".

Add to that inflation and high gas prices and you find the trail of looting goes to one single source-Wall Street/banking deregulation/speculation trading.

The largest group of "Welfare cheats" are the corporate Welfare recipients which rewards failure with public funds loaned from the Federal Reserve at 0% interest, to which they lend to us at a higher rate.Then these failures of capitalism manipulate earnings to reward CEOs with obscene bonuses.

These "cheats" have cost not only the US but the world trillions.There is a much bigger picture here.

Jack Camwell said...

I agree that they need to be fixed as well. And I understand there's a bigger picture, but I can't tackle the whole thing in just one article.

And I am in 100% agreement with you on the whole credit score thing. I read an article once that said my generation is going to suffer because we're "too frugal." I couldn't help but feel that the current credit system is an antique from a generation that broke everything. It seems bass-ackwards that fiscal responsibility is looked down upon.

I often wonder if my generation will fix all this mess once we start taking office.