What I don’t understand about Phillip Nolan’s letters is what does he find so terrible and repugnant about work?
He says, “Republicans will let starve anyone who does not meet their job-seeking standard.”
Really? Are those the only choices, to have unrestricted taxpayer-funded food or to starve to death?
The work requirement is for able-bodied people. No one is talking about withholding help from the helpless.
When in was in my early 20s, I had a job in Winnebago County called industrial therapist.
I worked with institutionalized people to get them out of bed and involved with work.
Being useful and getting a paycheck made them stronger in body and mind and gave them pride and self-respect.
The pilgrims knew this when they quoted scripture, “He who will not work neither shall he eat,” and required everyone in the early settlements to work.
No one has shown me where the Constitution guarantees us the right to be fed.
My father often explained how people became failures because, “He got the idea the world owes him a living.”
Father was a wise man.
Phillip Nolan is being unfair.
No one I know would deny help to the helpless (Republicans donate more to charity than Democrats do).
We know it’s better for everyone when able-bodied people are productive. We feel the best way to self-esteem is to earn it.
Earned success goes a long way to being happy, and we should all be productive.
We are expected to make use of our talents, not waste them.
“The devil finds work for idle hands.”