Is this too harsh or offensive?

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  1. kevin.howell profile image59
    kevin.howellposted 7 years ago … nt-survive
    Should I tone it down a bit? Thanks for the criticism.

    1. rebekahELLE profile image87
      rebekahELLEposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Is the hub about South Americans? You have it categorized in South America Politics?

      I think it should be clear that it is your opinion and not factual, unless you have statistics to prove your claim, which I've not read any statistics proving the strong do not survive.

      Although there are those who abuse the system, they are both strong and weak who do so.

    2. psycheskinner profile image82
      psycheskinnerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You seem to be suggesting that the children of the poor should be allowed to starve to death (or otherwise die from lack of income). 

      Yes, I find that offensive.

      1. kevin.howell profile image59
        kevin.howellposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        No, I do not believe children should starve to death.  But, if parents keep having kids and have no history of ever working anywhere, then the kids should be taken from them.

  2. Mindtrapz profile image60
    Mindtrapzposted 7 years ago

    Well If you want my real opinion I will give it to you. I think that you are characterizing all people that have no jobs as lazy. Secondly I would say that I do not believe that the "weaker" people are choking out the strong people. I think that the economy is choking out everybody. What would you call the millions of people who recently lost their jobs due to the economy that can not find good work? They utilize our social services, that they paid their taxes on. They are getting unemployement which they are entitled too, and some are getting foodstamps, and possibly having babies. And as far as socialist government I believe it is a cop out. Conseratives don't want a "Socialist" government because it would regulate areas that they don't want regulated. For example, let's not have universal healthcare because its liberalism and socialism, instead let the healthcare industry be one of the top 3 lobbyist in our governmnet. Let's let them dictate the prices, and who deserves care.

    I think that maybe it's the rich who think that it is fair to give the oil companies billions of dollars in subsidies while the "lazy American" like myself who has lost my job decide what's more important gas or food. The rich never make mistakes and have no crosses to bear. Its not like they scam people out of millions of dollars in ponzi schemes. Maybe the regular folk needs to make the decisions for a while and see how far that gets our country, because relying on the "strong" rich people is not getting us real far!

    And to answer your question, no its not to o harsh.  I think its how you feel so thats how it should be. Good article!

    1. kevin.howell profile image59
      kevin.howellposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the honesty.  I am against giving money to those who refuse to work.  I grew up on welfare with two working parents, so I do believe there are situations where it is needed.  I also don't agree with corporate welfare.  So most conservatives irritate me as well.

  3. I am DB Cooper profile image63
    I am DB Cooperposted 7 years ago

    I think it could use a little more research. Don't get me wrong, there are some interesting points in this hub, but I'd always prefer to see studies cited instead of "it seems like ____". Are poor people really having more children? How does race and regional cultures factor into this? Does the government spend more on welfare than it used to? These are all related questions that I'd like to see explored.

    By the way, have you seen Idiocracy?

    1. kevin.howell profile image59
      kevin.howellposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Good point.  I will use more statistics in the future.  Thanks for the advice.

  4. profile image0
    lynnechandlerposted 7 years ago

    One could make the argument that it is rather biased not sure about harsh, but what about programs like food stamps. Just yesterday a man was caught buying groceries with food stamps, paid for by the state and then set these same foods up in his convenience store for resale. The shams that go on with these programs hurt the ones who really do need them and I'm not talking the lazy, I'm gonna get mine mind set of which I know a few. I'm talking about the ones like me who have a serious ailment and can't get assistance of any sort. It is a crock of dung that needs to seriously be handled.

    1. kevin.howell profile image59
      kevin.howellposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I totally agree that some people do not abuse the system.  Maybe its not the same everywhere, but where I am from it totally abused.  I see people on disability who serve on the fire department and ride their 4-wheelers to hunt.  I am not disabled and can't bare to ride one most of the time because of my back.  I work everyday, 7 days a week to pay for this abuse and am sick of it.  Lynne, it is sad that people who deserve it, those who lost their jobs or are truly disabled , can't get help.  We have a broken system.

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image83
        Uninvited Writerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        MOST people do not abuse the system.

  5. pedrog profile image60
    pedrogposted 7 years ago

    "Those in this country who refuse to work", now America is a country, my Socialist education taught me different. Dude, with that material you give USA citizens a bad name, people think that most USA people are dumb, by reading that type of articles you are just giving another reason.

    1. kevin.howell profile image59
      kevin.howellposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, there are lots of people who refuse to work, sadly enough.

      1. pedrog profile image60
        pedrogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Dude, you completely miss my point, i was calling you stupid! America is a continent, United States of America is a country, and that is the country i believe you are talking about!

        I think this joke applies to you: … omida.html

        1. kevin.howell profile image59
          kevin.howellposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          We commonly refer to ourselves as Americans.   Ever hear of the song "God Bless America"?  I don't suppose the songwriter Irving Berlin meant to include Canada and South America, did he?  I won't resort to calling you stupid.

        2. kevin.howell profile image59
          kevin.howellposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Also, Is America a continent?  I've heard of South America and North America.  It's all in the wording, "dude" , chill out.

          1. pedrog profile image60
            pedrogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Well, if you come with such a preposterous thesis based on "such reliable sources" like your own opinion i think you should pay attention to the little details, at least...

  6. Bill Manning profile image74
    Bill Manningposted 7 years ago

    Although you make far too broad a generalization, for the most part I agree with you. In fact I'd add to it.

    Back when everyone had to take care of themselves people tried to keep themselves in shape and healthy. Those weak or not willing to pull their own weight,,, well they died.

    Now we almost enable the weak and ones who don't want to do anything to stay home and breed sick, genetically diseased kids.

    They in turn grow up having kids around 15 or 16 years old and the cycle starts again.

    We are actually going backward, making new generations of weak, uneducated, diseased humans that cannot take care of themselves.

    In time the civilization that produces this type of new generation will collapse upon itself, much like Rome.

    NO not everyone is like that, NO not all people on welfare are like that, YES in fact most do not abuse the system.

    However the number that do fit this mold is increasing a lot, and soon we simply will not be able to support them. We already have problems supporting them. Life is not fair.

    1. kevin.howell profile image59
      kevin.howellposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Finally, someone gets my point.  Evolution doesn't happen overnight, but the numbers continue to increase as we continue to enable.  Thank you so much for the support.  I truly do not mean to bash everyone on welfare.


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