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January 17, 2013

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Accept a job, become best worker at firm

Has it become fashionable or acceptable to become a victim? I am not talking about a legitimate disabled veteran or folks who legitimately need help. We should take care of those people. I’m talking about those who can work but choose not to.

Of course, this takes away from the ones who really need help and, as a result, the children always suffer.

We have a huge population of people who have become complacent, lazy and self-centered. We have men and women calling themselves entrepreneurs, meaning the more children they have the more welfare and food stamps they receive from our government agencies.

I see men as young as 21 years of age who have eight or nine women pregnant at the same time, knowing they’re going to take those welfare payments and leave the mother and the children stuck in poverty while they go on their way to more corruption. I have a friend who works in a convenience store. She gets frustrated at the purchases people make with food stamps.

This so-called victim phenomenon is perpetuated directly and indirectly by diversions, video games, reality television, this current administration that is pandering for votes and advertising “get your food stamps,” and media that is more of a public relations firm for this administration than news-oriented.

We have all seen the cartoon where the forest ranger has placed a sign that reads “Do Not Feed the Bears” because they will become dependent and not forage for themselves. As long as our government continues these kinds of handouts, there will be victims of the system.

Up until 1961, Detroit, Mich., was the richest city in America. In 1961 the city started voting for liberal politicians. Now it is the poorest city of its size in America and is facing bankruptcy.

People need to prosper and grow. We only have self-esteem when we provide for ourselves. In turn, we teach our kids the same self-esteem. That’s why role models are so important.

For the first time in history we have our government telling us what is moral instead of, we the people, determining what is moral. Our government is not capable of making good decisions. It could be but it isn’t. It is making bad decisions on handouts that are paralyzing people.

This is a perfect example of many politicians, union leaders and heads of business deemed too big to fail, having too much power. Their greed and weak values get in the way of what is right for the people of this country. America’s reputation is suffering worldwide today because of these kinds of people. They all need to be replaced.

I cannot tell you how many times I have heard this phrase, “I can only get a job that pays $8 or $10 an hour. I can make more on welfare or unemployment.” Of course we all started this way. Very few of us started out with everything we wanted.

So here is my advice: Take the job no matter what it pays. Become the best employee that business or entity has ever had. Smile, be pleasant, dress neat and clean. Be the hardest worker with a good attitude. Show up on time, take responsibility, and take a load off the manager, assistant manager, or owner. That company will do anything to keep you. You’ll be surprised how quickly you will be promoted.

Your skill and performance will determine your income. You are either an asset or liability. You get to decide. I can tell you as a business owner, if you take some of my responsibility, you can pretty much write your own ticket.

We have about 40 percent of this country that have a mindset that could potentially destroy this country. It’s time to wake up, America, and go to work.

Jim Richardson

Sharpsville

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