Imagine there's an elderly widow down the street from you. She has neither the strength to mow her lawn nor enough money to hire someone to do it. Here's my question to you that I'm almost afraid for the answer: Would you support a government mandate that forces one of your neighbors to mow the lady's lawn each week? If he failed to follow the government orders, would you approve of some kind of punishment ranging from house arrest and fines to imprisonment?
"So little pains do the vulgar take in the investigation of truth, accepting readily the first story that comes to hand." Thucydides 1.20.3
I could start "Euthanasia 4 uz" that would solve the problem)
Here is one thing I can comment on from first hand. I have a mowing/landscape business on the side. Nothing big, just evenings and weekends. Makes about enough to cover its expenses, make the tractor payment and buy a case of beer a month. I have TWO widows living on my block and I mow both thier yards, gratis, all summer long(not small yards either). My next door is a kid and his wife with two young-uns and he works two jobs and goes to school. I mow his as well more often than not, and when he gets some time, he helps out with the widows as well. In the winter I use my tractor and 4x4 to clear everyones drive and make sure all can get in and out safely. We live on a steep hill that the cars usually can't get up and I am the only one with a 4x4 jeep and tractor.
Now if the gummint was to tell me I HAD to do it, well we would have a problem, which is too bad because I do it because I give a damn about people.
HOWEVER, if it was a subsidized mandate and was managed like medicare and social sec, and all the other govt programs. There is the possibility that I could make millions providing free lawn services to the sheeple!!! Hmm, to sell-out or not to sell-out? What a question !!
Isn't that what Homeowners Associations are for? At least that's what our's does. They get involved in situations that require the neighborhood to get together and help those that need help! Well...most of the neighbors do!
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” ~ Jimi Hendrix
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Neighbors who help out the widow would be a sign of a thriving, close nit, and caring community. We need more neighborhoods like these. Government mandates are not the way to achieve this however.
I first thought about the criminal court's community service, but one has to ask the question," Do we really want a bunch of delinquents Knowing where a defenseless widow lives?
Yes, but not her neighbours, her children should be forced to it.
Kids are required by law to take care of their parents. If the govt. decides to include mowing her lawn, or providing for someone to mow her lawn in it, so be it.
When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? - George Canning
Thank you all for the wonderful pats on the back.
Something that lots of people don't understand is that before America had all these govt run social programs, we had caring communities that looked out for one another. Charitable organizations still far outspend the govt to help poor people, although the govt collects a lot more money to do so. Many charities are made up of volunteers who take no salary, so almost 100% of donations go directly to the people who need them. Our beaurocracy absolutely disgusts me so bad in thier inherent greed and ineffieciency to do anything right or good.
The shame here is that the ladies that I help out do have grown up children but they have moved away. One has a daughter that is about 18 and is quite worthless in my eyes, but who am I to judge.
Its not all good though. I do have one neighbor that has two ABSOLUTELY WORTHLESS teenage kids. Loud stereos, ATVs racing up and down the street, one actually threatened me with his car the other day when I was on my motorcycle. He has no idea how close he was to participating in one of my life after death experiments. I spoke with his father and we seem to have different ideas on how to raise children. Honestly I am so frustrated that I wish their whole damn house would just fall of the hill with thier kid under it, but we can't always get what we want.
So there is one neieighbor thats not going get his drive cleared or anything from me for that matter. There is much more to the story and it has gone on for many years now. I think anyone who lives in close proximity to others has that one family of jerks that just irritates the others. Such is life.
God help him if the govt ever makes me mow his lawn(hand wringing, evil laugh)
"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories." Thomas Jefferson
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