Hard Work a “lost art”

A hard working family
A hard working family

Teaching responsibility

I am proud to say that I am a happily married man going on 30 years now. I have, as many of you already know, five kids. 25, 22, 18, and two 12’s. My wife and I have worked very hard, together, at raising our children, the best we know how. I am also, very proud of all of them.

Okay,

The key word I am getting to is this, Hard Work. My wife and I worked very hard at both our jobs and raising our family. We stressed to our kids, the importance of hard work. To work hard at their school work, at sports they chose to do, or whatever they decided to do, was to work hard at it.

We also made the decision not to give a weekly allowance to our kids as many parents do. We merely tried our best to reward our kids, when we had the extra money to do so, and only if they had been working hard. They all have had certain “chores” to do every day around the house. Be it doing the dishes, running a vacuum cleaner, doing laundry or helping out in the yard. Also, to keep the best grades they can at school. On top of that, we taught them about being respectful and responsible.



The meat and potatoes

So, when the time came around for the latest John Madden football game or getting some new clothes that they wanted, we always tried to accommodate, as long as they had been working hard and we, as a family, had the extra money to spend.

We would often go “out to eat” as reward to one of their favorite restaurants or maybe go to a movie. There would be occasions were perhaps one of the kids would not be allowed to go, due to a decision to be lazy or disrespectful. Fortunately that was not often.

They all have had friends over to the house that clearly has not had similar parenting tactics on them. Not that it is my place to tell others how to raise their kids; I know I have my hands full with my own. But, it seemed there would always be that child that clearly did not understand “respect” as I taught my kids. There were those kids that always had money on them, always had the latest and greatest gadget or toy. They had just got back from an elaborate vacation. They seemed as if they had merely “expected” to get what they have because they just deserved it. Some of their parents may have been divorced and one parent would shell out whatever they wanted so they would not be the “bad guy”.

Okay, not I am getting to the “meat and potatoes” of my hub.

It has dawned on me, how our government has become one of those parents I just talked about, and many of today’s citizens are one of those kids that used to come over to the house.

They have become un-appreciative of the opportunity to work hard. There are now 46 million on food stamps. We have programs set up to “give out” freebies for those who choose not to work hard. I know there are plenty of legitimate folks out there who are truly in need of some assistance. I am not opposed to that either. What I am opposed to is feeding into a whole generation of people who now feel it is government’s role to give to them what they cannot afford. Forget about being respectful, responsible or trying to make it on their own.

I know first-hand of people who lost their job and decided to go as long as possible collecting unemployment checks before they got serious about getting another job. They found that they could collect food stamps and get free health care. Why in the world would they NOT want to take advantage of this? They had been taught at an early age, that working for something was not necessary, because they would still get what they wanted. As long as they had that one parent that was willing to just give it to them.

That has become our government. They have programs set up to cater to every need out there. There are programs out there to pass out free phones, free housing, free education, free vehicles to those who qualify. The problem is, as we all know….NOTHING is free. Everything is paid for by someone. That would be the taxpayer.

Fifty percent of Americans no longer pay federal taxes. That leaves the remaining fifty percent to pay not only for our Constitutional responsibilities but for all of the “free stuff” that the other fifty percent is getting.

It just seems to me that we as a government are just being bad parents. Giving to those who choose not to work hard and expect to be taken care of. Not rewarding those who choose to work hard and be respectful & responsible.

Flip flopped!

The words of JFK “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” somehow got flip flopped.

Many Americans want to know what their country can do for them and to hell with what they can do for their country.

I want to further say that my two oldest kids are on their own; both are working two jobs and know what hard work is, and what it means. They are outstanding people and I am very proud of them. My other three are in the making, and I am quite certain they too, will be exceptional members of our society.

Some say we are being old fashion, and this is a NEW era of government. To get out of the way, that Conservative values are going away. I am here to say, that values such as hard work, loyalty, respect, honor, virtue courage, and a belief in God are the root to conservative values...and those values are desperately needed in this day and time.

This is a rather long rant, but one I wanted to get off of my chest.

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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

Chris, you know I always love your rants. I could have written this one myself. A few words would have been different, but the message would have been exactly the same.

It is so sad that this once great nation has fallen to the level we are at today. We trained the "gimme" generations to think the way they think, why would we expect anything different?

When this society implodes, and it will, they will be in serious trouble having learned no real job skills, developing a work ethic, and knowing the satisfaction derived from a hard days work and a job well done. Those of us who were lucky enough to live in the real America will most likely survive because of the skills we learned early in our lives. The rest will be in serious trouble and only then will they realize that what they wished for was exactly the wrong way to go.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

Chris, there was a time when those values belonged to most folks on the left side of the aisle as well...until their party got hijacked along with our education system, etc. We are not born with work ethics, we evolve them through our environment. We have proved that many times over by exposing children to poor example environments only to have them grow up to become poor examples themselves. Ignorance is self-serving and self-perpetuating. No matter how technologically advanced we become, nothing will replace the values of hard work, responsibility, accountability, honesty, respect, and morality. They are as essential as the air that we breathe. Thanks for a good hub! ~ WB


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

Your message is clear: "Nothing is free" and some people who depend on government aid, act like they don't know that. Thanks for getting this off your chest. It might actually cause us reconsider some of our attitudes. Thanks!


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Davesworld 4 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Altogether too many people have an attitude which states, "I breathe and have a body temperature of 98.6 so therefore the world owes me." There is nothing new in this attitude. I had high school classmates (this was in the 60's) with that attitude. What is unfortunate is that Big-Nanny government has developed to cater directly to these fools and encourage them to maintain their ill conceived attitude.

Unfortunate in that demagogues, regardless of party affiliation, will continue top pander to theses people in order to preserve the politicians power and privileges. Unfortunate in that this can only continue for a limited amount of time. Unfortunate, now that this kind of irresponsibility has been confirmed on a national scale, will ultimately being the finances of this once great country to its knees. Unfortunate that when the collapse comes - and make no mistake about, it will collapse - the aftermath is going to be a horrendous mess.


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novascotiamiss 4 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

I hope that your children will teach the same values to their children. I'm pretty sure that they didn't always understand the value of their upbringing at the time, and probably would have gladly switched sides with their friends. They can be thankful to you. You taught them the real life which will have made it a lot easier for them to slot into a work environment. Unfortunately our society seems to only breed spoiled brats these days who grow up with totally wrong expectations and always believe that somebody owes them but they never think of giving back. Sometimes I wonder how this is all going to end...


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

You have a wonderful family, CMerritt. Congrats!


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi Mike! Hey great minds think alike, right? lol!

I take some comfort in knowing that my kids DO understand hard work, because I think your are right about the upcoming implosion, and I know that my kids will know how to bunker down and do what they have to to survive.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Wayne,

It is so scary to think about, that we are going on two generations of Americans who have accepted big government as a means of taking care of them. That is the norm. Fixing that trend is going to stir the pot in a fashion that is going to get very ugly, ONE of these days, because it WILL have to change some day.

Thanks for your words,

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks MsDora! YOU get it and understand my rants....that makes me feel much better. I sometimes wonder if my rants are ony understandble to me.

lol,

I appreciate you,

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi Dave,

I think we all know WAY too many people like you spoke about.....We see it everyday. It is growing way too fast.......Obama has doubled this mentality in four years. It is a fire out of control.

Great to see you and your remarks,

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

novascotiamiss,

I thank you for your very kind words....I too, wonder where it all ends.

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi Dex! and thank you so very much! :)


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

Chris, I've been told that I am living in the past. The reason over half our population voted the way they did is this is the wave of the future. They view us as senile old retards who just can't grasp that things have changed. We are nothing but a pain in their butt's and we are holding back this wonderful progressive movement.

I can hardly wait for the day they issue our government required uniforms. We will all be government employees, but can choose to work, or not work, whichever we prefer. There will be no more obese people because we will be given our carefully calculated calorie counted daily food ration. Of course those who choose to work might get a few more calories per day. We will no longer require money as all our basic needs will be provided by the government. We will all receive free housing.

Gosh, I just described life within our prison system!


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Mike, I know you say much of that, tongue and cheek, but it really does make you wonder just how far it will go.

I think a day will come, when the younger generation starts paying taxes...THEN, it will start to sink in. Until they feel the sting, there is no need to change.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

What a wonderful subject to rant on! If more people had your convictions, there's no telling where America might be today. Rant on, Chris!


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks lifegate,

It seems as if convictions don't mean anything anymore to a WHOLE bunch of folks.......as long as there are "free" stuff to have, I guess it is to heck with convictions.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Bless you for letting me know my family isn't alone in holding these values. At least now the left side of the isle can't say it's the right that is the problem. There is no right in the late great state of California. We have voted cake and circuses for ourselves.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks tireless,

I think 49% of the nation does get it.....they are there with us, it is the other 51% that seems not to care, as long as there is something in it for them.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

When I was a construction manager for a nationwide department store chain, I had need of people to do cleanup at a very good wage, so I often offered jobs to the "Will work for food" guys on the street corners.

In twenty years, I never had a taker. Not one. In fact, I had several admit that they did not want a job...just a handout.

We now have half the nation with their hands out.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

I just read an article stating that 13 of 15 states with the most welfare receipients were Blue States. Ten of the top 15 cities that had the most foodstamps, were blue states.

Is it ironic that this administration has nearly doubled the amount during the last four years?

To me, it is so obvious what is happening that it would be funny if it was not so dangerous to our Nation.


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

Chris, that actually makes perfect sense. Food stamps buy votes as well as groceries.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

We got all the proof we need. It is not just a theory anymore, it has become a fact.


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RBJ33 4 years ago

Hey CMerritt good to see you are in the saddle again. Compliments to you and your wife for your fine children.

I am part of the 47% who don't pay income tax any longer. In just about 4 weeks from now I will turn 79 years old. I have retired twice - spent a period of my life working 3 jobs - I know all about working hard - never used food stamps or welfare or unemployment - I don't pay income tax anymore because I just don't earn enough yearly. Pisses me off to be put in the "worthless" category of the 47%. I am willing to bet there are many just like me - I hate labels.

What all of your commenters describe is nothing new - like Davesworld noted the freeloaders have always been around - sure there are more now, but there are a lot more people too. All of you are exaggerating the situation - oh I give you the fact that there are bums in our society sponging off the good citizens and they need to be found and cut off - but the programs need to stay, just need way tougher criteria to get in. Its not all politics that are causing your concerns - we are too affluent and spoiled and the real answer lies in family values, like yours.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I remember when America admired someone who worked hard and succeeded. We looked up to successful people and aspired to be more like them.

Now we demonize them, scorn them, and call for taking away what they earned so we can give it to those who did not earn it.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi RBJ!

Great to see you! I realize that the 47% line has become a talking point, but its point is that we have WAY TOO many folks out there who are spoiling the applecart. What is intended to be a good thing is being ruined and taken advantage of. What upsets many of us is the one's who take advantage of this are the one's who pay nothing and DEMAND something. All the while the rich are deemed "evil" for not paying their fair share.

Anyway, I know you get it and understand........I appreciate your compliments and your visit.

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

I once wrote a hub called the least of these and the free for these that talks about this subject..it was one of my first hubs.

There was a time when being poor was a motiving factor to better yourself and provide a better life for your kids.....now there is no shame, just another lifestyle, that our governmnt embraces and feeds off of.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Well said. I would have said exactly the same thing or close to it. The loss of morals, responsibility, common decency, family values, love of God and on and on has destroyed this country. I have known many people myself that have this "I deserve everything free" attitude and there is nothing that annoys me more.

Mark


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Hi Chris,

I grew up with Dad's boot in my ass, didn't take long to find responsibility and work ethics as well as being on time,

at his Memorial I gave the eulogy up to the preacher man who was goods friends with Pa and me. I talked about this very subject as well as where his boot was. A lady asked me why I would say such terrible things about my father on this day? I asked her what she heard that was terrible and she broke out in a rant on his being abusive. I had to tell her lady you got it all wrong I wasn't complaining I was bragging. She just didn't understand the ethics and how and how fast kids learn is largely dependent on the kid, I got most of what and who I am from my Dad, the USMC, but mostly and first from God Almighty, he is the one who directed to who and how I was born and raised. Never knew my birth woman, don't hold her cuttin' and runnin' against her it was a favor, and an honor to be raised by a single dad who was a Marine and held their standards of the era.

Most excellent Rant Mi Amigo!

May the Blessings Be

dust


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RBJ33 4 years ago

I don't think rich people are evil, but I do believe the majority of them are no better than the freeloaders. Hell I don't care if they make tons of money, but they should pay they share.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

But what do you think their fair share is? The top 1% already pay for 40% of all the federal tax revenue....


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Did you know that back in 1980, when the top income tax rate was 70%, the richest 1% paid only 19% of all income taxes; now, with a top rate of 35%, they pay more than double that share.


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

Even if the tax rate was exactly the same for everyone, the rich would still pay more than the poor. Basic math tells us that 15% of a million dollars is far greater than 15% of a thousand dollars. The biggest problem lies with the deductions the wealthy were able to buy from the politicians they own. Deductions that most of us don't qualify for. To be really fair the tax rate needs to be the same for everyone with no allowable deductions. Only then will it be equal for everyone. GE paid out some huge campaign contributions to make sure they paid zero taxes.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I voted this up for the quality content and message. I agree that hard work is needed today, especially the meaning of it and how it leads to success and happiness. My dad was the best role model I had in regards to this, and I thank him for this lesson in life. God bless you!


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Mike.... BINGO! That is exactly right!

I like the fair tax system....and the IRS goes away.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi teaches, My parents were my examples too...........I think THAT is the way it is Supposed to work........but, we have created generation or two where it is no longer being practiced...and that is tough to overcome.

Thanks for your very kind compliments


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RBJ33 4 years ago

Old Poolman has it right. the 1% should pay the same percentage that CMerritt pays, if its 12% or 33% - the dallar amount are irrelevant.

You folks that complain about "entitlements" for the poor and the average and the freeloaders how about the "entitlements" the 1% get in the form of tax loopholes and advantages?


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Why not just drop income tax altogether (and all other taxes, for that matter) and have one simple sales tax that pays for everything and no deductions for anyone?

The FairTax would eliminate so-called entitlements.


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

I would actually prefer a national sales tax. That way everyone pays when they purchase goods. Even those in cash rich business's such as drug dealers and prostitutes would be paying their fair share. The IRS would virtually disappear other than receiving the money from the merchants. No deductions, no paperwork, when you spend a dollar you pay your taxes.


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RBJ33 4 years ago

Hey Old Poolman do you really expect the drug dealers and prostitutes to collect and pay those taxes? To get enough revenue the sales tax rate would have to be really, really high - no thanks.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Hey Old Poolman do you really expect the drug dealers and prostitutes to collect and pay those taxes?"

The tax is collected when they shop at Best Buy, Home Depot or Sears. We all have to shop and that's when it's paid. Even criminals will have to pay it, sooner or later.

Mike is right.


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

WillStarr - Most anything would be better than the complicated and impossible tax codes we presently live under. My favorite choice is the Federal Sales Tax. One person disagreed because it would make all of the merchants tax collectors. Duh, I think they already are.

I know that I had to send in the tax money I collected in my pool business every month, and there are penalties for not having in postmarked by the 20th of the following month.

Almost every adult eventually has to buy something and would pay their taxes. I firmly believe we would increase the tax revenue flowing into the government with this system even at a lower tax rate than those of us who pay taxes are now paying. Heck, it could be a one page tax code and it would work.


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RBJ33 4 years ago

Hey WillStarr - I don't believe that is what Old Poolman had in mind - sales tax collected at point of purchase - that is when the john pays the prostitute, or when the addict pays the drug dealer - that would be big money - waiting until they go shopping ? In that scenario the john never pays any taxes nor does the addict for their purchases.

How about an income tax at the same rate for everyone - no deductions no loopholes, just a nice easy percentage with no deductions to the gross income?


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

I am a fan of the fair tax system, which is a National Sales Tax where you keep our entire check, does away with the IRS....and you pay around 23% on sales.....everybody pays their fair share.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

Terrific Hub, my friend, and right on the money. Every public school teacher today must pass a class on Social Justice to graduate. They do not teach kids the Protestant Work Ethic. They teach them that successful people have made their money by oppressing others, be they women, blacks, Hispanics, gays, or common laborers who aren't unionized. The rich got rich by oppressing the poor.

And they do not teach kids where wealth comes from. I have asked a cousin whose whole family lives off the taxpayers, "Who pays for your food stamps, doctor bills, housing costs, etc.?" She says, "The government." I ask, "Where does the government get the money?" She answers, "I don't know. They just print it I guess,"

Thank you for an important article. Well done.

James


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

I think a great start at restoring our Nation, from a conservatives eyes is to get the federal government OUT of our public schools, and return them to the most local level of our government.

Thank you James for you excellent words....you are a good friend.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

What a Wonderful Hub, CMerritt, and I smiled and nodded in agreement as I read your much needed Rant. I agree with so many of your Excellent points, and hope that our Government will wise up, before we do go off the Cliff. I Loved the Comments your Hub has Generated.

My Votes of Up & Interesting go to YOU!


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

b. Malin,

Thank you so very, very much my friend.

:)


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Rant or no, you are so very right! Why should we work to make Welfare payments to those who won't? I am all for helping those in need and have no qualms about doing it myself whenever I am able.

We have four children, all married now, and all working...one of whom is also in the National Guard. My grandchildren, those old enough, have jobs, college and responsibilities. Respect and responsibility have always been a part of our lives and now, thankfully, theirs as well. To see your family values carry on as a true tradition is a terrific reward! Now, if we could only convince the rest of the country.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

I really think there are many just like us tillsontitan, the silent majority.

Maybe it is time to quit being silent? We are used to going to work and raising our families.....

thanks for you kind words and the props!

Chris


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Chris

"I am here to say, that values such as hard work, loyalty, respect, honor, virtue courage, and a belief in God are the root to conservative values...and those values are desperately needed in this day and time."

Amen! Keep ranting Chris. At the company, I have worked at for the past 26 years, I hear that if we don't do what the new younger employees want they will leave. With the high employment rate, I am sure there are those who would gladly replace them.

Voted up and away and sharing

Have a good weekend. :)


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Years ago, in my liberal days, I worked for one of the government welfare programs in rural Kentucky, and it opened my eyes. While there were a few who honestly needed help, most were simply lazy louts who thought their mere existence was enough for them to deserve the fruits of someone else's labor. They called it 'living out of the mailbox', and there were often three generations, all on welfare and all living in the same house.

Those who actually needed help were all elderly, and most had no family to look after them. Churches were their most loyal supporters.

And all but one of the families I visited in those two years were white, so it's not a racial thing at all.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks Sue! I appreciate it! Always glad to hear from you.

:)


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi Will!

The traggic statement you said was there "were often three generations"....we have kids and grandkids who honestly believe THAT is the way life is supposed to be. How sad it THAT!

There is absolutly NOTHING racist about it.......just FACTS.


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Kenja 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

CM: your ethic is admirable, your childrearing sound. Anything worthwhile requires effort, usually lots of it. Here's the good news: Americans remain among the hardest working people on the planet, taking the shortest amount of vacation time... The number of people not paying taxes is NOT reflective of the numbers not working -- most are seniors, poor people making under $26K a year, the handicapped, and those who know how to work the system, the tax system that is.

Are there those who think themselves entitled, and who simply take? Sure, but they represent about 20 percent of the adult population. The rest of us Americans -- north or south, in Phillie or San Fran, gringo or Latino, Black or Brown, big city single or Bible Belt family of 8 -- are all working hard, harder, or usually hardest of all, as in world champion effort. So watch America rebound, and fairly soon. It won't be because of the government. It will be because of people like you and me and 19 out of 20 people I know. Good Hub. Keep the faith, Ken


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Kenja,

I appreciate your excellent remarks. I love a positive attitude. I truly believe we STILL are the greatest nation on earth with mostly hard working folks....but that number who has decided to take the free ride is much higher than it should be. Our government is accomadating this lifestyle....not for the good of the people, but rather a measure to assure themselves a job in Washington.

We need to eradicate this menatlity of entitlement. It is not what built this nation to be the greatest ever. If we continue this path, we will lose many of our freedoms that so many has died for.

Just my firm belief, but I honestly appreciate your thoughts and input.

Chris


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well you are a gentleman to be admired Chris and you can rant all you want because you've earned the right. In fact I love when you rant and write - because your true feelings come out.

I also look up to you as a role model and congratulations on almost 30 years of marriage and 5 wonderful children. You are a success in life.

Epi on the other hand has never been married and has no children othe than his two cats and has no family in this world.

Some days it's tough to live with this - then other days it's the greatest feeling in the world to have this freedom and independence.

My dad was a role model too for a hard work ethic as he worked 35 years and a different shift each week - days , afternoons, nights - ironically the very thing that gave him a life and his family (mum and me) a good life - eventually took it away from him - 8 years after he retired in 1992 my dad died from lung cancer - it was all of that bad air he breathed in at his workplace.

Sending you warm wishes and good energy as always to you and your family, your buddy from lake erie time ontario canada 1:20pm


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Epi, you are INDEED family. You are a person whom I admire deeply. You are always welcome to contact me anytime.

I also appreciate your very kind remarks.....you have made my day!

Chris

:)


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Without getting into the political discussion, I will say that I agree 100% that hard work is something of the past. There is too much entitlement in this country today; far too many people who simply do not understand the meaning of "hard work." I was expected to get a part time job at fifteen, and I've been working ever since.....and I enjoy the feeling of pride in doing a good job. Excellent main point here Chris.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thank you billyb! there is no better feeling than doing your best at something.


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

People who are entitled are robbed of self confidence, pride and a good nights sleep. The legacy they leave is poverty in many instances, or destruction and out of control living.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Excellent observation tirelesstraveler!


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wileyspeaks 3 years ago from Auburn, Indiana

Good article. I agree that hard work is a lost art, a lot of young folks today and I say that about my generation since that is my age bracket, don't know how to work hard. My father was and still is an extremely hard worker, always has been, never had a hobby just work. All we can do is try to teach my kids the value of hard work so that we can start passing it on. Thank you!


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

We now have at least one or two generations who were not taught the value and satisfaction of hard work by their parents. So, if they were not taught how will they ever hope to teach their own children? This may turn out to be yet another lost value in life in this country.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thank you wileyspeaks!

I think by nature itself, we will straighten out, eventually...a generation will come that will realize that HARD WORK does indeed pay off.

I appreciate your words,

Chris


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

I hope you are wrong Mike....but it appears it is heading that way.

I am the optimist.......I have faith in a few that will keep it alive and prove it has dividends.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Chris, I'm just saying that most values including hard work and honesty are taught at home by the parents. I remember from my Army boot camp days a few individuals who were not taught at home that stealing is not acceptable behavior. These individuals were quickly taught this lesson of life by other members of our boot camp company. Let me just say it would have been far less painful if they had been taught by their parents.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Yeah, some people have to learn the hard way! lol,

I think the real danger is Parenting! That may be the real lost art, which results in the decay of our society.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Like I said, when many of our current parents were not taught values by their own parents, how could they possibly teach something they don't know to their own children? I see this as a downward spiral that will continue with generations to come. It is sad, but that is just the way it has progressed.

By the way, Happy New Year to you and yours.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

and a Happy New Year to you to my friend!


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Beautiful, beautiful article. Hard work and success has now become four letter words. People who are successful are now viewed as greedy, opportunistic, and materialistic. Now, there is the rescue me and entitlement mentality. Well, no one owes one nothing. If one wants something, there is quite a simple remedy, "WORK for it!" However, that is ignored by many people. Some people just have the occupy mentality if you know what I mean.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

gm, always a pleasure to hear from you........you and I seem to see things very much alike...

Chris


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Who would have ever dreamed that working hard and achieving some level of success would become an evil and unpopular thing to do?

It will be a very interesting place to live when nobody works anymore and we are all equally broke and starving. I can hardly wait.


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ketage 3 years ago from Croatia

I have to agree with you CMerritt, some old values seem to be going out of style. Hard work being one of them.

like your kids, i am fortunate enough to have had parents who brought me up right. Being a hard worker is something to be proud of.

Too many people think the world owes them. I know a lot of the younger generation who are just waiting for handouts.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks ketage! You are right, WAY too many young people just think, food stamps and unemployment checks are a way of life.

I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

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