I was listening to a radio talk show today, and a couple of interesting people called in and made comments that really struck me. One of them was a woman of Indian descent whose family came to the U.S. in 1906. She talked about how she has had some family members from India immigrate in the past 10 years to the U.S. She said that within a year of coming, they had bought a beautiful home, and had opened a business. She said that when she hears about the occupy movement, and how they believe the government should solve the economic problems of the people of the country, she is angry. She has seen her family members come here with nothing, but within a short year, get on their feet, and take care of themselves. She also mentioned that going to college was never an option for her. Her parents insisted that all of their children get a college education.
The other call was by a woman who works for the welfare entitlement department of the government. She said that she sees all different ethnicities of people come to her for welfare help. She said that she has been working this job for many years, so also see the children of those same people come to her for welfare help. But she said that she never sees a second generation of Asians come for help. After that initial help, the Asian families are able to get on their feet, and become financially independent. By the time their children are launched in to their own lives, they also are independent, and do not need the help of the government. She noted that the parents of Asian children often tell her how well their children are doing in school. They never mention sports, or other hobbies, but only speak about education. One woman, who could barely speak english, told her that she had hired a teenager to come read books to her children so that they could learn proper english pronounciation. I'm sure that was a financial sacrifice for her, but she knew the value it would be for their education.
I do have to wonder why the left, and the "occupy movement" are so insistent that the rich pay for the poor. Why not think about how they became rich, and follow their example?
If you really want your blood to boil about this topic, check out this video of a "JUdge Judy" episode that shows the welfare mentality. I'm sorry that youtube won't let me embed the video, but you can click here to watch it.