Jan, 22, 2018

Glad to report some relief of my recent maladies. I am very grateful now to be supported by my children, my friends, and my government. When I was young I thought old folks talk was boring in the extreme. All they seemed to talk about was pain and maladies. Perhaps needless to say but I will confess it, when I got old I changed my mind.

Of course there is relief and then there is government charity. When I got older I learned both the benefits and hazards of both. I also learned that old chestnuts have a germ of truth. For instance: if you are not a socialist when you are young, there must be something wrong with your heart. If you are still a socialist when you get older there must be something wrong with your brain. I should add that it took me longer thsn ht mot toto get older.

The benefits are obvious enough. The homeless, many minorities, single mothers, veterans like Jane and I, the handicapped, and in general the poverty-stricken families are dependent on government nowadays for food, shelter, healthcare, and many more benefits. Personally, I do think more of do-good non-profit workers in healthcare, education, environment, and all branches of government should realize they are also totally dependent for their salaries, wealth, very livelihood on workers, bosses, and executives in profitable agricultural, industrial, and fossil fuel energy companies. I myself used to be a left-liberal socialist but now I realize that’s Donald Trump territory. I hope you see that too.

I am as compassionate as most citizens to approve of that kind of relief. In fact I think we should do more. We could pass legislation that would guarantee all families a minimum middle-class income. We can afford it (Stimmig or GMI, see Bill’s Blogs, pp. 131, 135). If we radically and drastically cut the clergy-odminated middleman (or woman) that are no ddoubn needed to administer our present charity system. Which, incidentally, we did inherit charity-wise welfare in memes from the religion-dominated Agricultural Age (Bill’s Blogs, pp. 4, 18). The left-liberal clergy can be counted on to oppose this radical idea. After all, they are the ones who benefit most from our present system of government charity.

On the one hand, the recipients of this kind of government charity only too often suffer from side effects. Like gambling and drug addiction, sexual abuse and dysfunction, dependency, unemployment, crime, young-men-with-nothing-to-do, prostitution, pimping, violence, despair, and suicide. The recipients of big government relief are often severely handicapped by one or more of these maladies.

On the other hand (the left!) the side effects are fine and dandy. The clergy includes many well-paid consultants and non-profit social workers, teachers (I was one once), professors (I was also, briefly, a teacher in college), government bureaucrats, democratic-–and republican–representatives and senators, and non-profit administrators of all varieties.

Adding to the effects are more liberal immigration policies that adds young legal and illegal people (DACA) to beef up democratic and socialist voter rolls.

Let’s be real. I don’t expect we will end this kind of charity relief soon. If ever.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S. For the curious looking for gift for people have everything but who care about ideas and want to know more about a life-long journey through the idea swamp, from devout Catholic to left-liberal clergy to conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads)—Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some good ideas on science and society streamed free on YouTube.

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