It really made me angry when I saw a news report the other day about the thousands of people who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina who are still living in government subsidized hotels, shelters and substandard FEMA trailers, while the Federal government twiddles its thumbs and doesn’t help them rebuild their lives.
Somebody needs to step up to the plate and help these people, and that somebody is themselves! What the hell is wrong with these fools that they are still sitting on their rear ends more than four years after the storm hit, waiting for somebody to make it all better for them? Why don’t they take the initiative to stand up on their hind legs and make it better themselves?
A couple of summers ago, we drove through the Midwest shortly after they had experienced some of the worst flooding in recent time as the Mississippi and other rivers surged past their banks and ate up homes and businesses that lay in the water’s path. It amazed us that there were no National Guard troops or Federal government minions there helping the people deal with the disaster. What we did see were hardworking men, women, and even children filling sandbags, building temporary dikes, and dealing with what life had dished out to them.
They were not whining in front of network news cameras because nobody was there to bail them out. There were no network news cameras there to whine in front of anyway. But it wouldn’t have mattered. Those hardy souls were too busy to stop and pose for cameras anyway.
A friend who was there said Amish farmers from miles around had come to Hannibal, Missouri to help fill and stack sandbags, while their wives served lunches and dinners to the workers, whenever they could be made to stop long enough to eat.
You see, these folks have something that the homeless people we keep hearing about in New Orleans don’t have – a work ethic. They don’t expect a government handout, or a bureaucrat riding in to the rescue. Like their ancestors who settled that part of the country before them, they have weathered blizzards, tornadoes, flooding, and everything else Mother Nature can throw at them, so this was nothing new. They just rolled up their sleeves, stepped up to the plate, and took care of their problems themselves.
Now, I know that there are a lot of people in New Orleans and all along the Gulf Coast who survived Katrina and then came back and rebuilt their lives. But, like the people in the Midwest, they are not afraid to get their hands dirty and work, and they are resourceful people who can cope with hardship and move on.
I would like to see the demographics of the people who are still sitting around doing nothing in and around New Orleans, just waiting for the government to fix things for them. I’d bet you dollars to donuts that a great majority of them were welfare rats before Hurricane Katrina came ashore, and they still are. Their situation will never improve until somebody else improves it for them. That somebody would be you and me, the American taxpayer.
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