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Remember When Being on the Government Tit Was a Bad Thing?

tuttletacoma Wrote: Jul 15, 2012 10:21 AM
only granny used to tell us the stories that during the depression, old gramps just whatever job he could find just to put some food on the table but she said the worst job was when he woprked on a garbage truck and came home at night smelling like the stuff he was dumping of course my brother and I laughed at this, but pointed out the advantage old gramps had after all he was making 25 cents an hour and all he could eat needless to say old granny gave us a beating for lack of proper respect

When I was a young dork growing up in West Texas in the 70s and 80s, my folks raised me to believe that making good money via righteous and industrious means was actually a good thing—y’know, something to aspire to. Remember that notion?

My folks would point out people in the neighborhood and community who busted their butts and got rewarded for the goods and/or services they provided and would say, “See Johnny, Dougie? Johnny studied. Johnny worked hard and smart, and now Johnny’s rich, and you’re still a weed-smoking dipthong working at a frickin’ gas station high as a kite...