This post was a response to a thread on blackintrospection that was slamming Bill Cosby. Noah The African (he doesn't post under his real name). BTW thanks for Cobb and the Conservative Brotherhood for helping me come out under online alias to publish as myself, even with my poor spelling and bad grammar.
Noah, I am responding only because you directly asked me to. You are correct that middle class people are generally not rich because they don't work hard enough. And at times I do look down on myself. But the point is I don't require any welfare payments to buy my food. The point is I pay taxes and I am not receiving transfer payment from the government. I don't have poverty pimps trying to get the government to pay for my shiftless behavior.
My dad once told me "pay your bills". And so I pay my bills.
And I don't like paying other peoples bills, whether they are illegal immigrants, unwed mothers or farm subsidies.
So I have no beef with people whose lifestyle I don't have to directly subsidize.
Also I don't believe in relative poverty. People who believe in that and measure their life style against others are stupid. I know people who make 5% of my income and others who make 1000% of my income. Guess what all of our cell phones work the same, we watch to same movies and TV, our homes are warm at night, we all get fresh water from out taps and we all get 2000 plus calories of food each day. In all of the things that matter we are all doing ok. The fact is that a majority of the world is working very hard to have just have what we all have which is being out of absolute poverty. And to bitch about someone having more when we all have so much more than the average person is selfish.
I live in a country where if want more I can work harder and get it. Or I can choose to chill and enjoy what I already have.
But don't expect me to be patient with those who can't do the minimum required to be self sufficient in America.
Fyi: Minimum required:
1) Finish high school
2) take any job even minimum wage and work full time
3) Don't have any children until you are MARRIED
4) Don't engage in criminal activity