When you reward irresponsible people, you create more of them. When you punish responsible people, you create fewer of them.
Why would anyone want to accept responsibility?
We believe what we want to believe! We want to keep believing what we do believe! Sometimes, this clouds are judgment!
Last week I was in Island Park for my wife's family reunion. It was so nice to be out and away from civilization for a little bit. However, coming back to work today is extra hard! I'm looking forward to retirement. It is only what? 35 years away? More years than I've been alive. I think I can. I think I can. =)
I wrote the following to a friend as a reply to his email earlier today.
I'm feeling a little depressed economically this week(Stimulus bill signed, Foreclosure plan announced today, Promises to auto industry, plans for trillions more to go to banking industry). I don't have a lot, but what I have, I have worked hard for. I own 30% of my home in 5 years. I don't think many people can say that on there first home. It is a modest home. I've paid extra to my mortgage/equity line every month. I saved up for a year to put extra money towards my house when I bought it. I use the TV we had 5 years before we bought the home. I have never bought a "New" car. I worked hard to get here. Now, I have to start paying for people that have troubled loans. why? Shouldn't I have the choice to donate or not. I'm being robbed by those who have sworn to protect me. Protect me! Not take from me to distribute how they see fit, to take from those who want to keep what they worked so hard for. I have the inclination to stop paying my mortgage, and buying extravagantly. That is what my so-called government wants me to do!! spend!!! They will make sure I get away with not paying my mortgage. I will be taken care of. Heck I should stop working too. they will give me all the health care, unemployment I need. I should stop working so hard for myself, when I can get "Charity" from society.
Sigh!!! Where did freedom go!!!
Some may say I feel this way because I'm not the one in trouble. I have a job, and I can make my payments. I haven't always been there. AT one time the company I worked for went out of business. I worked a few cruddy temp jobs to bring in some money. I had some money in the bank so I knew my small family would be okay a few months (this means I wasn't living beyond my means). I didn't expect government to provide for me. I went out and did what I had to. What is worth having is worth fighting(working hard) for. No, life isn't fair. I've had my share of that too.