Cultivation of the “Moocher” Ethic
June 16, 2011 Leave a comment
Back in mid-May, I had to take DS2 to the ER at the local pediatric hospital. Among the forms I was provided, was one for the Buckeye State’s equivalent of a socialized medicine program for families that are low income. We’ve refused such programs before now because, despite being without an income since October 2009, and about to use the last of our savings, we are trying to live by our libertarian, “keep-the-government-out-of-our-lives-as-much-as-possible” principals by self-paying for everything.
Dentist & doctor visits have all been self-paid. Prescriptions have been out of pocket expenses. When DW & I took a couple of classes each, earlier this year, the tuition was paid out of pocket. I did, however, claim unemployment, but, as I understand it, that is a pay-in-take-out insurance-type affair, like Social Security.
Anyway, my point is this.
Every – and I mean each and every time – we visit a medical or dental establishment we are greeted by incredulous looks when we insist that, no, we don’t want a government handout, we’re actually going to pay our way. In fact, I’m surprised we don’t get the same treatment at the grocery store, where w pay with our own money and not that taken from others and dispensed through the various food stamp assistance programs.
And its wondered why this country is trillions of dollars in debt and on the verge of becoming one where people are either on welfare on work for the government.
Wake up, America!