While I appreciate the humor expressed here (it was funny), I think it is an over simpfication of a complex issue. Yes there will always be people who will not work in a pie factory tasting pies, there are those who have bewen displaced because of the econmony and automation. Getting work is not as easy as some would have you believe. Many entry level jobs require prior experience, even unskilled manual labor jobs. Then their are those with disablities which make homelessness seem like the only optition. I think blogs like this reinforce the notion that everyone who receives assistance is a deadbeat bum trying to get over on the system. Most just want a hand up and not a hand out.
I'm not sure that's the case nowadays. The term "deadbeat" is probably an oversimplification of the mentality that I see. It's not so much "deadbeat" as it is "the government owes me, so it is my right to grab for everything I can get." Case in point: military veterans' and disability. I know a lot of people who work very hard to ensure that they get every penny of "entitlement" from any "disability" they claim resulted from their military service. IMHO - many "disabilities" come from LIFE. Here's my story to back it up:
When I retired from the Army, I had the usual "retirement physical." At the end of the process, I was told that I was 10% "disabled." I asked why and they said the doctor diagnosed me with "degenerative arthritis." I was also told that I should have this condition reevaluated by the VA - from time to time - as the arthritis would get worse and my disability percentage would increase, thereby increasing my "entitlement." I was also counseled to be aware of any other "ailments" - such as loss of hearing - which might be tied to government service. The idea was that - over time - my "entitlement" would increase commensurate with the increase of my "disability," supposedly as a "result" of my military service.
Regardless of the legality of this, it smacked to me of backsliding and a wrongful "working of the system." I tried to get the 10% disability removed, but everyone I talked to thought I was nuts. I quit trying, but I have NEVER sought to have any "disabilities" which I believe come to people as a result of getting old classified as a result of my military service.
I know my attitude about this is inconsistent with the times, but this is the way I was brought up. I saw plenty of people who never served in the military lose their hearing, sight, ability to walk, talk, etc., as a result of the aging process. I do not believe the United States government owes me anything because I am getting old, and I do not want to further contribute to the federal deficit and debt by adding additional "entitlements" to my military retired pay, which I believe I EARNED by my active service.
Am I stupid? Mrs. Gump said that "stupid is as stupid does." Those who "grab for all the entitlements they can get" - IMHO - are the stupid ones because they are piling up debt and wrecking things for their descendants. But most nowadays don't seem to care about anything other than what they can get their hands on RIGHT NOW. To me, that's selfishness and if enough participate it will wreck the society.