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Standing on my soapbox - Common Sense 3

Updated on November 27, 2012

Common Sense

Common Sense – If it’s hot and you touch it you will get burned and it will hurt. If it’s sharp and you touch it you will get cut and it will hurt. If it’s doesn’t belong to you don’t take it, it is not yours. If you break the Law you may get caught and will have to pay the price. If it says ‘Read before Using’ do so. If you are taking a stroll in a bad area in the dark you’re probably going to get hurt. If you keep putting yourself in a bad situation and wonder why bad things happen to you, you are NOT using commons sense. If you read the label of a blow dryer and it says ‘Do NOT use while showering or in the tub” and you do it anyway – You’re an idiot, there is no help for you and you don’t have a lick of common sense to begin with.

*Steps on to the soapbox*

In listening and reading the various arguments prior to this year’s elections I noticed huge differences of opinion that were causing big rifts within our Country. We all seem to have one common goal but various ways of getting to that goal. Using the names Democrat or Republican has been done with sneers or snide remarks as though there is something wrong with each ‘side’. I have no idea what the ‘left’ the ‘right’ ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative’ means, I just do common sense.


Prior to this year’s election I went to a ‘town hall’ meeting in my area where our local Congress man came to talk to us and answer any questions we may have. I listened. Oh I had a question or two but have since forgotten what the actual words were. It had to do with the Federal Government becoming involved in child welfare. I admit, I was a bit nervous speaking to someone in ‘power’.

What he said most impressed me. A question was asked regarding Lobbyists and how our President declared before getting elected the first time that he was going to prohibit such things. The answer went as such; Big business is much the same as you, each one of you has an opportunity to ask for us to support you in whatever it is that you wish. More than anything the Government is fair, if we allow one we must allow all, if we prohibit one we must prohibit all. It is up to you as citizen’s to make your voices be heard.

With that being said – If you have complaints with what is going on, let your Congressman know. Each State has a list of names with ways of accessing your elected officials whether it be by phone or email it can be done. How do I know this? I visited my State Capital and spoke with a good many of these officials. I went in to each office and either left my message or spoke directly with them. I also sat and listened in a Committee meeting, the State DHS officials were being called to the table on their issues.

They do realize they are working for you, at times when it doesn’t go in your favor it may not seem like it, but they are. If something has passed and you do not like it, voice your opinion and ask that it be repealed. Do it with good cause, write a dignified letter addressing each issue and why you wish for it to be repealed. The same goes for something that you wish to be passed. Speak with them; ask them what it is that you need to do to get something passed. They are there to help you.

Bottom line - If you want something done - do it! Don't just whine and complain, visit your Congressmen and Representatives help make the changes you want see made. This is how laws get passed, someone takes the initiative.

On to the meat of this Hub

The main argument that I am hearing is Welfare, plain and simple, welfare. Republicans see Welfare as a hand out. Democrats see welfare as an obligation to the people. I see welfare as a hindrance (I will explain later).

The chief complaint I hear from the Democrats is the wealthy need to share the wealth. The Republicans chief complaint is taxes – “If you raise my taxes how can I afford to pay more?”

We all want prices low but more pay. Let’s do this logically. If I pay you more I have to raise the prices of items I am selling, therefore that will negate any of the pay I have just given you. On the other side of the coin – If you raise my taxes how can I pay you more?

If I am the head of a large Company and my salaried employees are giving me well over the 45 hours I require per week then they deserve to get bonuses, big ones. They have probably furthered their education (at their own cost) and are giving more than just their time. If I have those who work for me and complain that their feet hurt and they need a break every 2 hours, I’m not going to be so giving, since they are not.

This Years patsy

Walmart is coming under fire this season, it happens to be the biggest employer in the Country at this time. The wages that are being paid are complained about. The complaint is that folks who are employed by Walmart aren’t making enough to survive on so they have to get food stamps as well as Medicaid. Why is Walmart the one being blamed when the issues happened long before Walmart came along?

Many years ago I worked at another chain store right out of high school, I was hired as part time (20 hours per week), I was also told at that time this chain was no longer hiring ‘full-time’ employees. When I asked why, I was told it had to do with insurance. They could no longer afford to hire full time employees and pay all the added benefits that came along with them. So I did what any red blooded young American would do, I got more jobs. In fact I had 3 jobs at one time, all part time. Yes I worked a lot of hours, but I had things I needed to pay for, car payments, car insurance and gas. Back then minimum wage was under $3 per hour and gas was $1.20 per gallon, my insurance was $65 per month under my parent’s policy. My car payment was $67.00 per month! You do the math, at less than $3 per hour for 80 hours per month before taxes that isn’t much. I had to do something, welfare was not an option.

Where do you fit it?

We are always going to have ‘ditch diggers’ in this Country, those who can’t or don’t want to further their education. We will always have those in the Middle Class who are not quite able to attain the level of security they wish for. We will always have the rich – some who were brought there by family and others who worked very hard to attain that level and yet those who got there by dumb luck.

What Freedom's we do have

What we do have in this Country is the Freedom to attain whatever level you can, whether it be by luck, family or hard work. We are also able to further our education to any level we wish, it may come at a high cost, but it is available. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights gives us this.

Pride is what we need!

Welfare was not meant to be a way of life, yet for some families it has become just that. We have 3 generations of families being raised on welfare. Where is the justice in that? Who picks up that tab? The American people do. I’m not saying that it shouldn’t be there; just some serious welfare reform needs to happen. When you have generation after generation being raised on welfare, it becomes forgotten just ‘how’ to support themselves, let alone their families.

We need to instill some pride back into America, pride at a job well done, pride at getting a paycheck for the work we do. Pride in general.


We also need to instill loyalty in our Companies. We need to make the Company that we work for understand that we will be behind them; this in turn will bring their loyalty to us. Respect goes both ways. If you are on your social network ‘bashing’ your Company, why should you get a pay raise? You can bet they aren’t in the board room bashing you; they are trying to figure out ways to lower costs so you can get raises - everyone wins. Give them a hand! Do what you can to help your Company. Your good works will not go unnoticed, this is a given.

Yep - this is a brain on drugs


Drugs are not the way

The laws are being changed slowly, yet there are complaints aplenty. Drug screening for those who are recipients of Welfare and Food Stamps were one of the complaints that is being addressed, yet we have laws that have passed making it legal for those to use marijuana, so does a drug card negate a drug screening? Marijuana for some is the same as alcohol for some. Some can use it and are not affected by it, others can’t.

If you're one of the ones who become 'complacent' with marijuana use, STOP USING IT! It's that simple, if it doesn't work well with you give it up.

We have become a Nation of “gimme’s” – without having learned how to ‘get’ whatever it is that we want.

Common Sense!

People let’s use some Common Sense here – If you want something, WORK to get it, don’t expect a handout. If the jobs are not in your area – MOVE to where they are! If you can’t move your family because you have a house payment, then whoever is the bread winner will have to go to the job and send the money back home, live in a boarding house if necessary. Doing without is something we all have forgotten how to do, we've had it so easy for so long. Read the History of how this country came to be. The time has come for us to figure it out and quit whining. Do what you gotta do!

You have access to the Internet - LOOK for those booming towns (yes, they are still here) make a plan, then get going!!

Giving Back

If by chance you have gotten a ‘hand up’ then find a way to pay that back, even if it’s volunteering at your local soup kitchen. Yes, there are plenty of those still out there giving and giving never expecting anything in return.

Thank you for reading

*Steps down off soapbox*


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    • Sweetsusieg profile image

      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      macteacher - My folks told me many, many years ago of what happened to those who could not care for themselves. Basically they were locked in the basement or attic of homes. They were not allowed in public - apparently the shame was so great they felt the need to hide them. That is no longer a problem. Now the problem seems to be family members letting those who have difficulties fend for themselves.

      You are correct - there are those who cannot get a higher education (ditch diggers). We are creating a world of technology that some just cannot comprehend. I think that was why SSI was created, for those who cannot take care of themselves. I believe that we have too many who are abusing that particular entitlement. My son has a learning disability who totally qualifies for SSI - yet he refuses to accept it. He believes it will stick him in a corner forcing him to accept what someone says he should have rather than what he believes he is worth. So he goes through job after job in the hopes of finding a company that will see his value.

      I did write an article a while back on 'How to begin to get people off of Welfare' I thought it was a really good idea. I think I should polish it up a bit and send it off to my State Governor, just to see where it goes.

      I am all for compassion and hope that we as a society can see our problems and rather than look for others to fix them, do it ourselves. There are many, many people who have stepped up to the plate and offer their time and money to help others. I understand when your are in a point of despair in your own life it's difficult to see the forest for the trees, but the selfishness of the many has to stop.

      I truly do not believe that we need to abolish welfare completely. It's there when it is needed. To say that 48 months over a lifetime, I'm not so sure about that either. We certainly do need a reform done, one that is agreeable but also helps people gain self assurance and self worth.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ ib radmasters - It is my take on some of the issues that were/are being argued about (yes, even after the election). Just commons sense - If you're not gonna even try to do something, quit complaining and quit blaming others for the problems you have and the Government can't fix everything. Basically, you have do it yourself.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Wendy Golden 5 years ago from New York

      I agree with most of this because I have worked in one capacity or another since I was 14 years old. I even cleaned houses at one point in between jobs. So I'm a big believer in hard work. However, as a teacher in an inner city school system, I work with a lot of kids, including special ed that are facing a bleak future. They do not have the capacity to earn a meaningful living - so what happens to them?

      I think welfare is definitely over utilized. I think every welfare recipient needs to work full time to receive benefits, whether it's paving roads or cleaning parks - they need to work. However abolishing welfare completely can cause a different kind of chaos in that people who get desperate enough for money to eat, will start robbing and stealing from those who they perceive to have more.

      There's a fine balance between offering handouts indiscriminately and offering a safety net to those who really can't function. A compassionate society can't just leave people on the street to die either. They do that in places like India and it's not pretty. It's a real problem, and hopefully we can find a balance.

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

      I am sorry Suzie, but this hub was all over the place. I was unable after reading it to make any sense of its goal or purpose.

      Constructive Criticism

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Absolutely! I'm not sure what year the 'at will' employment became effective in my home state, most have adopted that. Most of our young people don't even realize this because the parents don't know. So when a parent says 'you can't get fired for that!'... yes, you can.

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      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      To paraphrase JFK, ask not what your job can do for you, but ask what you can do for your job.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ bankscottage - That's it exactly!! Thank you! I too respect anyone who earns a living. I have always had the thought that if I agreed to take the job at $8 per hour (or whatever) then I agreed to it! I need to do the BEST job possible for whatever wage I am being paid. I have ALWAYS gotten my raises on time because I do over and above the job that is expected of me. Those are things that need to be taught to our young.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ Wayne Brown - Even though I didn't address it you made a point for me in a round about way. When it comes to wages - most do not realize what it actually costs a company to hire you, train you then employ you. If you are paid $10.00 hour you can almost always figure that in order for a company to keep you on full time the cost to them is double that. Not just benefits, but insurances etc. So when I hear those complain about the 'low wages' that are being paid, I know that the cost of an employee is much higher than just the wage.

      So I certainly can comprehend what it is that you are saying in regards to the $60,000 per family.

      Those on Social Security or SSI are suffering much worse than those who are on straight welfare.

      I see a way out but of course no one will listen to my lowly voice. Fuel. The cost of fuel needs to be lowered. If we have to drill our own then so be it, but if we can get the cost of fuel down we can get back on track. If we get the cost of fuel down we can get prices down, people will be able to open more businesses and hire more people - thus more tax payers! Well, it's a start anyway.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Well Thank you fpherj48 - I've tried to do my part by teaching my children commons sense, it stuck with some, not all - to a certain extent. My daughter is raising her 3 children alone, working 50+ hours per week, my son (with his daughter) and her have come to an agreement, they share her home and each work different shifts so they share in the babysitting responsibilities. So in effect they are 'doing what ya gotta do' in order to survive. They also share rides with other workers in order to conserve. So when I say 'in part' had she listened to me I would be short two amazing grandsons - BUT she is doing what she needs to do in order to provide for her family, for that I have to commend her. She has her momma's 'survivor' blood running thru her veins.

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      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great Hub Susie. No work should be considered beneath anyone. I respect anyone that does an honest day's work regardless of what their job is.

      The joke you were thinking about, I believe, had to do with the 'rich' paying their fair share rather than republicans or democrats. I think it went something like this:

      10 friends went out to lunch everyday. The total cost of the meals was $100. The wealthiest diner paid $60, the next $30, the next $5, the next 5 $1 each, and 2 paid nothing at all. Everyone was happy with this arrangement and they enjoyed each others company at lunch for many years. One day, the owner came to the table and informed the group that, due to increased costs, he would have to raise the price of all of the lunches to a total of $110 starting tomorrow. He told the group they would have to decide how they wanted to pay the $10 increase. There was a lot of discussion around the table. The wealthiest diner (paid $60 each day) suggested that the increase be split evenly. Each dinner would pay $1 more at tomorrow's lunch. The guy paying $30 and the guy paying $5 thought this was a fair solution. The other 7 diners cried "foul". The diners paying $1 said their meals would double in cost and the guy paying $60 would only have his meal cost go up a tiny amount. The 2 not paying anything complained that now they would have to pay $1 (an infinite increase in what they had been paying). There was a suggestion that the richest guy pay the whole $10 increase (percentage-wise, it would be a relatively small increase for him and, besides, he could afford it). The suggestion was put to a vote and passed 7-3 (to no surprise). There it was, a fair vote, the rich guy would pay the $10 increase in the cost of the meals. "All" had agreed. The meal finished and everyone left and went on their way. The next day at lunch, everyone was ready to enjoy their meal and the company of their friends. Suddenly, one of yesterday's 'yes' votes looked up and said "Hey, where is the rich guy?"

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      A recent Congressional committee investigation found that if welfare support were paid in cash, it would equate to $60K pay out per qualified household by the federal government. This is happening at a time when our folks in Washington are busy redefining poverty...for example, a family of four in Oakland CA with a household income of just over $40K and getting free medical coverage is considered to be in poverty and thus qualifies for this additional equivalent of a $60K infusion. On top of that, the thresholds vary by city and have an automatic adjustment applied which raises the threshold by double the factor every time the economy shows growth in the standard of living. No one I know on Social Security sees such support. Obama is beating the drum for $90 billion in in tax revenue increases annually while he continues to spend at the $1 trillion plus deficit level. Those in Washington have created the is money train....just like the ones you talked to on your visits....just buying votes. Now, if we are to survive, we have to come up with a way to shoulder that burden. Taxation will fall miserably short thus spending cuts are the only way to reduce the burden....good luck with that. ~WB

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Sweetsue....BRAVO!! You can stand on that soap box anytime.....because you do, in fact, make plenty of sense. I am with you 100% and so happy to support your stance. I am also a huge fan of common sense.....(a.k.a registered Independent)....and I believe in all you have brought to light here. I remember the 3-job-lifestyle, while raising children.....and learning how to budget, save and just plain old "live without" if we couldn't afford it. Looking over either shoulder for help or assistance was unheard of. Period.

      Thank you, Sue, for this wonderful and inspiring hub. Your common sense needs to spread............UP+++ and shared

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks drbj!! I used to think of myself as a democrat because I was raised by one, then I did some thinking for myself. I'm still not certain I can put a label on me.

      It sure sounds like the truth to me!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Nice to see you back, Susie. Welcome! Based on this hub there is no doubt your middle name should be Common Sense. Here's a quote I once read that seems to sum up some of the the major differences between Dems and Repubs.

      "Republicans first began thinking like Republicans when they stopped believing in Santa Claus ...

      Democrats became Democrats because they never stopped believing in Santa Claus ...

      Ain't that the truth!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      I read an interesting email many years ago regarding republicans and democrats and dinner. I truly wish I could recall that fully, it was very interesting.

      In my opinion (which of course isn't much these days) I find it hard to consider our current President a Democrat, I kind of feel that he ran on that ticket because his 'true' ticket would have no been approved of.

      Per usual, most 'good things' that start in this Country usually turn bad when handed over to our Government. They have too much power. Any time a President refuses questions that Congress has and can declare "Executive Privilege" numerous times, then he has been given too much power.

      I find it rather amusing to listen/view those who voted for the current Administration yet again voice their opinions regarding welfare recipients. How they hate it and all want to quit their current jobs to get the 'free stuff'.

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      The Takers and the Makers dilemna. It is a sorry situation created in the beginning with good (misguided) intentions and now used immorally by the Democrats to buy them more votes. One day soon the makers will be to old and worn out to keep feeding the takers - then what....... Interesting hub!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Well according to the newest tally the money train is coming to a screeching halt, at least here in Michigan. 48 months is supposed to be the length of time one can spend on welfare - over a lifetime. There are going to be cries like mad when this comes to pass. I've already seen a few articles regarding this. Last year I believe it was 15,000 people were given 30 days notice that their benefits would be cut completely, some are now homeless.

      It will be chaos I think soon. Time to get back to basics and drop the 'wants' and stick with the 'needs'. I know that 2 years ago we were garnished, I cut back to the necessities (internet not being one of them to be able to earn a wage) no more cells phones, the basic TV package, making do with meals, taking less trips to the store, cutting insurance down to the bare minimum. I like it that when a bill comes due I can pay it rather than put it off to another week. I am now living within my means rather than beyond.

      But you are correct - we ARE going to fall when is another matter - if changes aren't made and made soon it will be a certainty.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      'Free' money from government is addictive, and socialists like Obama know it, which is why food stamp and disability enrollment is soaring, because those addicted to 'free stuff' will vote for whomever promises to keep it coming.

      We now have nearly half of all Americans receiving some sort of 'free stuff', and America is changed forever. Gone is the pride of hard work and self reliance. It has been replaced by dependence and greed. That's how a man Obama can preside over four years of a failed economy and high unemployment and still get reelected.

      When the percentage of dependents becomes the majority, America is doomed to failure, and will follow Greece.