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Old 11-17-2011, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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So, you'd offer help to seniors but not to young people who also need help? Does that really make sense in terms of the subject of this thread? After all, seniors are near, or beyond, their productive years and helping them is merely a drain on everyone else's resources without any expectation of a return.
How young? For kids - I pay a lot in property and other taxes for schools - meals at schools - etc. What else do you suggest I pay for? And if you're talking about school age kids - well they all have 2 parents - unless one parent is the Virgin Mary . Each of whom in most cases is capable of holding a job. And if the benefits/pay they can get from not working are greater than what they would get from working - why should they work?

Note that I live in an area where many menial jobs are being done today by (perhaps illegal) Mexicans. Didn't used to be like that here in Florida. But you can't get people to put in 6-7 hours of hard work a day when they can make more on the dole.

FWIW - although my husband and I are in our mid-60's - and not exactly the best physical specimens you'll find at our age - we still do a fair amount of menial work around our house. Stuff that we can't get legals to do (and we don't want to hire illegals). And when we deal with people we think might be illegals - don't ask - don't tell - it is always through 3rd parties (the companies who hire them). And I guess part of the problem I have with employees is I refuse to pay them "off the books" and not do the tax reporting that is legally required. A lot of people collecting government benefits because they're "poor" won't accept that. Robyn
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