We shouldn't pay for the irresponsible

I am very angry and concerned about the current bailout mentality. Why am I paying my mortgage? Why am I struggling to meet obligations and save for retirement? It seems as if my efforts to be a responsible citizen are being treated with disdain. I am to be punished by being made to pay for those who do not take the responsibility to meet their obligations.

 

We seem to have forgotten that the corollary to "we have the freedom to do anything we want" is "as long as we accept the consequences of our actions." Far too many in our society don't want to pay a price -- any price -- for immature, irresponsible behavior. Moreover, they expect government to bail them out, never realizing that the government's ability to do so is on the backs of others!

Do I want people to be hungry and homeless? No, I don't, but neither do I believe there should be no consequence to a person's choices. How many people still smoke -- risking lung cancer, emphysema and a myriad of other related diseases, expecting others to be the solution to their medical bills? How many people have unprotected sex, risking sexually transmitted diseases, HIV infection and pregnancy, expecting others to pay the bill for medicines and abortions? How many people won't spend a few minutes per day on exercise, but will risk death or a 24-hour-a-day handicap?

I am tired of feeling used by people who make unfortunate choices. I am tired of feeling abused by people who feel it is my fault for the unfortunate choices of others. In a time of trillion-dollar bailouts, it is time for responsible people to speak out and say; "No more; enough is enough." Our leaders need to make the hard decisions that real leaders are supposed to make, or get out of the way so someone with some courage can do it for them.

Vince Colwell

Martinez

 

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