Mar 20, 2009

I haven't had a paycheck in almost 5 months...

. . . so you can imagine how it felt to be selling insurance at the end of a 12-hour day to a woman with three children, no husband, and living entirely on the dole (that's welfare for you readers under age 35). How much could she afford, did she think?

$50 a month.

Fine and dandy. She wants your tax dollars to buy enough insurance from my company to make her kids quite comfortable should something untoward befall her. Not a problem for me, I could stand to have some government of my tax money come back my way in the form of a commission, y'know? Must be that "trickle up" economy Obama keeps talking about. Whatev.

Talk about a financial circle-jerk, though. Layers of it.

Ennyhoo, she's good with the proposal, ready to go, but has no checking account. Ah, then, game over.

"Oh, but come back on Tuesday. I'll get a new bank account on Tuesday. I'm going to the Bahamas tomorrow. I can't wait to get away from these kids, I need a break. I'm going on a cruise."

As in, Atlas.


Jean said...

a cruise. She's going on a cruise.
Why am I thinking she probably owns a new car, too? New, fancy clothes. Lots of jewelery. Nails done every week. Probably come back pregnant.
I'm not nice, am I?

'scuse me while I bang my head on a wall in penance.

julie said...

Ugh. Why do I suddenly want to start breaking heads?

Hammer said...

So what color was her Escalade?

PeggyU said...

Are you kidding me? I have NEVER been on a cruise! Excuse me for taking full responsibility for my kids, staying married, and paying taxes! I hope a manatee swallows her.

Gecko said...

OMG, how do you do it? Glad we have these instructions Thou shalt Not Kill.

Teresa said...

I went to a hairdresser for a while when I lived in the Chicago area. You know how everyone talks about all kinds of stuff there...

This woman proceeded to tell me about her broken heater in her home - it was October and she didn't know what she was going to do because they couldn't afford a new one. Her husband was driving around in a car that had no brakes because they couldn't afford to get new ones...

Then she said, "Thank goodness we're going to Cancun next week. I really need a break."

I said, "Don't you think you should get this other stuff taken care of first?"

She said, "Oh no, we have to have a vacation. I NEED to get away!"

Oddly enough - that was the last time I went to her for a haircut. I found someone else. She wasn't bad as a stylist, but honestly, I could NOT listen to that kind of drivel anymore. To that point we had taken ONE vacation as a family - ever. We had been married 17 years at that point... because.... we couldn't afford it!!!! What a concept!

CastoCreations said...

Oh.My.GAWD!!! That makes me so frickin' ill. I don't think I could have kept my mouth shut. You are a stronger woman than I!

USMC 9971 said...

I'd like to say that's unbelievable, but unfortunately it is far too believable. I worked at a collection agency for a while after the Corps, and this was a regular occurrence. Bad checks, unreturned videos, unpaid pager accounts (it was a while ago), food stamps, and on housing assistance; yet they were driving new cars, sporting fancy nails, wearing name brands, and on vacation regularly. They played the system by having the woman get the government assistance for the day-to-day expenses, while the boyfriend(s) provided the money for all of the toys and frills.

We have had one family vacation in the seven-and-a-half years that my wife and I have been married (not counting visiting my Dad in Michigan), and that was only because nearby Wisconsin Dells had drasticaly cut rates due to the flooding in southern Wisconsin last year.

I've met several life-long Democrats here who, after finding themselves in need of assistance, have started to look closely at, and question, the programs that have been abused for years. I am hoping, now that the enablers are being forced to look stark reality in the face, that there will begin to be a backlash against those who have been abusing the assistance programs for years.

It's one of the only real hopes that I have under President Hope-N-Change.

Wildwoods Retreat said...

OMG, that post left me with a headache. What a sad statement about priorities. Where do we begin in re-establishing a work ethic?

Sal said...

It was the mom at School Supplies Distribution remarking to another mom: "Well, last year they..."
Last year?
You were here last year and you're back again?
We are supposed to be the A Little Assistance Until You Get Back on Your Feet Agency not The Never-ending Carousel of Free Stuff That You Jump On Every Year.
Why I'm re-working my charitable contributions...

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

A leech, that's what she is. A freakin' parasite.

I detest parasites.