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I’m watching the local Fox news channel. Normally I don’t watch Fox ever but hey they‘re on an hour earlier than the rest. So here I am listening. They have a wide variety of topics and since they‘re on for an hour it can’t be all bad right?
The first story is about the previuos mayor of Memphis. Who from what I understand was in office for 20 years and was considered prejuiced against us county dwellers. Since I live in an annexed area I DO pay city taxes. Well he stepped down and the new mayor has done some positives but also has done some things I am questioning.
So anyways ( sorry Tuliplady) the 2nd story on the news is about areas that are hit by blight, fixed income areas and government housing. They‘re talking about how they are going to tear down old and abandoned homes. GREAT!
Until I hear that they are going to rebuild brand new homes for low/fixed incomes. Ok normally I am all for helping those that need help ( I think this is where I lean to the left) but golly the homes they‘re going to tear down were brand new at one point and they are destroyed. Why in the world should I be ok with my tax dollars being spent on new homes for people who don’t take pride in where they live and attempt to keep nice?
I don’t believe low income means you need to behave low class. And unfortunately some low class individuals make low income look bad.
I understand that if a gang moves in it makes it hard to keep your head up. And probably makes it hard to maintain nice neighborhoods. I just don’t believe gangs are the excuse in all situations. If you happen to live in low income/ fixed income housing don’t you have a responsibility and an obligation to maintain your residence? Don’t we as a people demand this? Why not? Who is responsible if the people living there isn’t? Do we have money to just keep tearing down and rebuilding?
Why can’t people just be honorable and do what’s right?

Grrrrrrrrr...............

Ok now that’s off my chest I may be able to sleep. BTW I’m not picking on low/fixed income people. I think I’m mad at all of us!



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      Lazylola wrote Jun 8, 2010
    • I hear ya...I had my rant with my aunt who is in the military and has to drive 4 hours away for a physical, she gets reimbursed mileage, motel, meals and gets paid for work...my rant was at the absurdity of having people drive out of town instead of contracting with a local clinic/hospital or whatever...we are paying for all this as tax payers, there are so many goverment systems that need major overhauling...I totally get where you are coming from and what you are saying....



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jun 8, 2010
    • I understand and agree with what you‘re saying, Vikki. It’s good to help and give people a start and a helping hand but the idea is for them to take the opportunity, use it wisely, and then pay it forward. Unfortunately that message often gets lost in translation.



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      Denise Richardson wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • Vikki that will be the day when people grow up and do what is right I truly believe Michigan would have a real earth quake and the earth would spilt in  half for real if that ever happened. People today have no values or morals anymore.



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      Marya1961 wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • Vikki, I was sitting here thinking about my answer to your blog and it occurred to me that for the last 26 years of my life I have been struggling to make things better in every neighborhood that I have lived in (through volunteering, working with the local townships, clean-ups on my street) and it falls on deaf ears, blind eyes and closed mouths (so to speak), not many people care, they are focused on what is happening at that moment in their own lives and not what the future holds...very scary and I pray in time we still have our freedom and are able to make choices about anything...uh oh, I am getting started.estaticestaticheart



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      Dana Cappelletti wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • Vikki- I agree completely.  My philosophy is I am willing to help those who are willing to help themselves.  If you are not going to contribute to your own well being- why should I?



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      Macy wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • The bottom line is ... very few take responsibility for themselves and their actions as a result of a society who likes to lay blame on everything and everyone but the perpetrator. This happens in our homes, schools and businesses. The worst part is the people who enable this very behavior in the name of good works.  It would be so much better to involve the people requiring these units to be a part of refinancing, rebuilding or renovating so they understand the major work and money it requires. If you chose not to be a part of the solution, then you chose not to live in those buildings. Simple as that. Life is really about choices and adults who enable other adults to behave like children need to understand they likely do these things often to feel good about themselves but it does nothing to create responsible thinking.  Politicians do it to have themselves voted back in, it is self centered greed that drives them.
      I am all about insisting people take responsibility for their actions, if they did, we would live in a much friendlier and cost efficient society. So much money, time and effort is wasted on shirking our responsibilities. It costs society dearly.
      Vikki, you are so right to question this type of thinking.



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      Suzann wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • What Macy said. Exactly!

      Vikki, I’m with you on the frustration meter.  

      Peace (I hope!),
      Suzann
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      Vikki Hall wrote Jun 10, 2010
    • Thx everyone for letting me vent! I’m not over it but at least the smoke’s not coming out of my ears.....



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      Tuliplady wrote Jun 10, 2010
    • Well said Vikki.  I couldn’t agree more!



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      Timbuktu wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • The sad thing is it is always the people who contribute the least to society are the ones who cost us the most. I was incensed recently when I learned that a chap I know slightly, who is in his thirties, in good health, is of normal(ish)intelligence has decided to give up work and live on benefit with his girlfriend who is also on benefit. What is going on here? Not made redundant, not unable to work but just can’t be bothered. Why should my taxes support that?

      A cross hard-working Timbuktu



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jun 11, 2010
    • @Timbuktu that would tick me off too!

      My neice was on assistance a long time ago. And she made a comment about it while living with me and working under the table. I couldn’t help myself I went off on her about how doing that was so unfair to those of us who work and how it’s my hard work that was supporting her. I believe shortly after that she was no longer receiving assistance from the gov’t.

      Grrrrrr............



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      Linni wrote Jun 14, 2010
    • well stated Vikki... i agree!



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