From: Mark Darrall <00mtdarrall@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 1995 10:47:37 -0500
Should be: Nic flies off the freakin' handle.
Why do you insist on equating what I said with the acceptance of Newtology?
I was quite explicit in expressing my fear of the Repubs true colors. All
I said was that the kernel of truth in his words was the idea that deep
cycles of dependency and victimization are ruinous to individuals and the
nation. PLEASE FORGET THE FACT THAT NEWT SAID IT AND THAT IT IS PROBABLY
A COVER FOR THE AGENDA.
That is really a seperate issue.
Not long ago, I think David Eisenberg posted a wonderful piece on the
effects of service systems and how they reduce otherwise strong people
to dependency. The piece showed how a replacement program, geared to
drawing on people's abilities and strengths, rather than their weaknesses,
returned those dependents to self-sufficiency.
Will you deny this happens?
Any assistance program that encourages dependency and abuse needs to be
reevaluated for better ways. I'm not saying we should end welfare, but we
need to make it work better.
Oh, by the way, Nic: I'm gonna blow my horn here and tell you what my idea
of personal responsibility is. I'll bet you dollars to donuts there are
millions of others doing the same:
Some years ago, I was laid off from a well-paying, yet tedious job as a
drafter. I took a job as a drafting instructor at a technical school
because I thought it would be neat. It was a great job, but the pay sucked,
and we were soon emptying out the penny jar to buy milk and pasta. Our
folks helped out, but I realized it wasn't working out. I took the first
good paying job I could get, though we had to move to Indiana to do it.
Even then, the money was tight a second child having arrived. We qualified
for, and accepted,WIC vouchers for formula, milk, eggs, cereal, the usual.
We just barely had qualified, yet we were grateful for the little bit of
pressure the vouchers relieved. After a while, as my income improved a bit
more, the workers tried to juggle my pay stubs to keep us in the program,
but I just said, "look, I think we're OK now. Here's the vouchers and food
we haven't used yet. Give them to someone who need it." The workers acted
shocked, thanked me, and I left.
Go ahead and accuse me of breast-beating and moralizing, but I REFUSE to
consume finite resources that are needed elsewhere just because I can play
There's a BIG difference between moralizing and being moral, buddy, and
you better learn to tell them apart.