Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Help Me, Jesus

Go read this idiot.

A sample:

No one I know uses food banks. No one THEY know uses food banks. It is a common feature of human nature to think that invisible "other people" must be suffering even though my neighbours and I are pretty much cool. The people I've heard about who do spend all their government cheque money on beer then go to the food bank, or dress up as poor people to scam the Daily Bread.

That's why I don't care about the poor. They're no more real than Bigfoot. Those we and these lefty Christians call "poor" are "poor" because they've made a series of stupid choices; spend all their (actually, my) money on lottery tickets, beer, tattoos and manicures; are suffering from undiagnosed but easily treated mental illnesses; had too many kids too young; smoked behind the gym while I spent recess in the library, etc etc etc.

3 comments:

Cynthia said...

I read about this idiot on C&L. She's Canadian and is covered by universal healthcare and lived on government assistance during a time when she was ill with lupus and on disability. (She believes herself to be the exception and not the rule.) So this Canadian is criticizing US citizens for qualifying for and using US health coverage under the S-CHIP program, insisting that people who receive government assistance are either "lazy" or have "easily treatable mental" illness while overlooking the fact that if you can't afford health insurance, you can't afford to be treated for mental illness either. The idiocy and hypocrisy are mind-boggling.

tonks said...

She's right. I mean, if I were using food banks I'd go around advertising it to everyone and their dog. "Ha ha, people," I would crow, "I'm in such dire straits that I receive free food." Yeah, that's exactly what people who need food banks do...isn't it? I'm willing to bet that for every one person that scams a food bank (and I'm sure they're are those assholes out there), there are at least 5 people who need the food bank but don't use it because they think it's for people in worse situations than themselves. Or because they're too proud. Or too ashamed.

Has she seen the prices for the so-called easily treated mental illnesses? The psychologist, psychiatrist, therapy and drugs don't come cheap.

delagar said...

We had to take the kid, a year and a half ago, for a minor mental issue (a phobia/trauma deal related to Katrina) -- we *have* insurance, but even so we paid over $1200 for 14 visits -- and this was a relatively easy issue that could be resolved in 14 visits. If we'd had any sort of serious problem, our insurance has a cap on mental health payments. I don't recall what it is now, but I do recall that it's not very high -- ten thousand per family per lifetime, something like that.