I guess I’m just not sympathetic to those in need, but every time I see someone standing on a street corner with a sign that says “Will Work For Food” I want to stop and tell them about the fast food joint a block away with a help wanted sign in the window.
I had a friend once who was the manager of a large auto dealership in Tucson, and he was a soft touch for somebody with a sob story, always stopping to give street corner panhandlers a buck or two. One day I challenged him to stop and actually offer one of those guys a job, so Reggie did. He handed the young man his card and said he needed somebody to wash the cars that had just come off a truck, and he’d pay him in cash. The fellow replied that he appreciated it, but he was allergic to soap. (I caught a whiff of him, and I believed him!) Reggie said no problem, he’d pick up some rubber gloves for him to wear. The guy shook his head, and said he was allergic to latex and rubber too. (No, I’m not going there!).
Not to be swayed from his quest to improve this poor man’s lot in life, Reggie said “Okay, forget about washing cars. I’ll pay you to just use a broom and sweep off the lot.” Unfortunately, as it turns out, the man was allergic to dust too. Reggie started to make another suggestion when the guy called him a dirty name and said to take off and stop bothering him!
But actually, that guy was more honest than the people we have elected to represent us in Washington, when you think about it. At least he made it clear that, in spite of his sign, he was a freeloader. Those clowns in Congress and the Senate are drawing big salaries for not doing a damned thing!
I’ve had some very good employees in my time, and some real deadwood, too. I always tried to reward the good ones with a fair paycheck and incentives for going the extra mile. The slugs got a pink slip and were sent on down the road. Why can’t we do that with politicians? I mean, after all, they’re not doing the job we elected them to do, so why should we pay them?
Here’s a way to get the budget talks and the debate over the debt ceiling resolved in 24 hours. Instead of threatening to close National Parks, stop sending out Social Security checks, or not paying our military personnel, just tell those self-serving idiots inside the Beltway that none of them gets paid until they come to an agreement! Problem solved, I guarantee it!
We need term limits, and we need a complete housecleaning in Washington, from the very top on down. It will never happen, of course, but I think it would make a world of difference.