Fox News discovered the poster boy for decades of social experimentation and a welfare system designed to take away any stigma of dependency – Jason Greenslate – the slacker’s slacker. The twenty nine year old is who the fictional “Fast Times in Ridgemont High” character Jeff Spicoli would have aspired to become – a guy who mooches places to live from family and friends, surfing every day, partying, and playing his guitar with zero pressure to do anything else.
And Greenslate thanks taxpayers for providing him with $200 a month in free food through the food stamp program.
No apologies or embarrassment, Jason Greenslate revels in taking advantage of the system which provides him with sushi and lobster money. You can almost hear him yelling “suckas” at the 144 million working Americans whose taxes he spends as he screeches off burning rubber from his very nice truck down the streets of La Jolla, California.
But to Jason, he is making the rational choice. If the government wants to give him food, why shouldn’t he take it? If people, who presumably work for a living, put him up in their homes and enable his party til you drop lifestyle, then why should he get a job? If somehow his truck insurance and beer money magically are provided by someone else, why not be a bum?
With a government policy to redistribute income from those who works long hours to be successful and make a life for themselves to support the Jason Greenslate’s of the world, it is fair to question who is the fool?
Is Greenslate wrong for taking the free food offered by the government? Is he wrong for mooching off his less enlightened friends and relatives who trade their time doing menial tasks in exchange for currency, when he gets money for nothing and the chicks are free? Will he be wrong when he signs up for California’s equivalent of Medicaid to cover his Obamacare expenses?
After all, America is telling him, you don’t have to work, we’ll take care of you.
Rather than screaming at Greenslate for wasting his life by taking the easiest path from birth to death, America should be ashamed that he represents exactly what our cradle to grave welfare dependency state inevitably produces. People who make the rational choice to be a bum because nothing more is expected of them are not the problem, they are the consequence.
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Rick Manning (@rmanning957) is the Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for Americans for Limited Government.