Thursday, March 01, 2007

That bites

This is a really sad story, and in more than one way. It's sad because a little boy died from what started as a toothache. That is the personal tragedy side of the story.

On a broader scale, it's a tragedy that we have created a society where a mother would avoid an $80.00 trip to the dentist because she was looking for a government program that would provide a taxpayer paid visit. We saw the same attitude in Louisianna after Hurricane Katrina. A year later, some people were still sitting around fire barrels amid the rubbish, wondering when the government was going to put their lives back together.

There's plenty of blame to go around. For the mother that wouldn't make four $20.00 payments to get help for her son, and for a welfare system that promotes so much dependency among it's recipients, and for the citizens and taxpayers of this country that allowed such a welfare system to evolve.


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