A nation on the dole

To the Times of Ti:

Let me make this perfectly clear to all readers, especially to Mr. Guido. I don’t like President Obama.

He’s a man of so much tension, too many sins to mention (sorry, I stole that from Billy Joel).

Now that we have that established let’s move on to my main reason for writing. This nation is knee-deep in a hand-out mentality. What’s happened to our self-sufficiency? What’s happened to our self-motivation? With 50 percent of the American people on the dole in one form or another it appears obvious everyone is looking for “Free“, everyone is looking for “Gimmee.“

Well, “Free” and “Gimmee” are taking their last breaths. Their tombstones are being carved out as we speak. How did Americans persevere in the 1700s and 1800s? It was through true grit, plain and simple.

Yes, the world has increased in population and has changed dramatically via technology, but people should have some degree of self-determination. Don’t be beggars all your life!

To be honest, this did not start with our current president. It’s been cultivated for nearly 75 to 80 years, but this president is only intensifying the situation. The biggest problem I have with him is that we cannot sustain the astronomical and suicidal spending levels. You are fooling yourself if you think we can’t wind up like Greece.

Indeed, these are perilous times because of our own handiwork.

John P. Sharkey, Ticonderoga

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