Linda & Richard Eyre: Why entitlement is everyone's problem

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  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    Sept. 25, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    Marxist claims, “Everybody learns to work, or they don’t survive.” Now there’s some utter nonsense.

    Tell that to the generational recipients of welfare benefits in inner-city Chicago, where I’m from, and where working “to survive” is unknown.

    Let me lay some real knowledge on you, Marxist. Where I’m from, the one job that IS guaranteed survival is that of U.S. mail carrier – he or she who carries the government checks to the people will never be harmed.

    However, the harm done to children and grandchildren of welfare recipients is staggering. For when you foolishly “give a man a fish” every day of his life, not only does he never learn to support himself, neither does his posterity.

    As John Wayne said, “Life is tough. It’s tougher when you’re stupid.”

  • county mom Monroe, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 4:23 p.m.

    I am just guessing but, I would bet Marxist has no children. Children do not like to work!
    No one totally loves to work. We work to care for ourselves and our family, and maybe someday to have a few nice things.
    So if I save and scrimp and work extra hours, I do not have anyright to have more then those who just blow whatever pennies come their way?
    If I am willing to start at the bottom, to live like a nun, and work my way up to a better position I do not have the right to keep more of what I earn?
    If I went to college, on scholarships, I worked hard and graduated then got a good job because I am a little smarter then most, I do not have a right to earn more?
    If I am elderly and I have wisely saved all my working life to provide for myself a retirement, I do not have the right to keep any of it? ......Why work?

  • nmjim SANDIA PARK, NM
    Sept. 24, 2012 8:50 a.m.

    The Eyres are spot on. Supposedly the nation's biggest problem is overweight kids, and yet every few weeks someone trots out the "1 out of 6 kids go to bed hungry" baloney.
    Our "greatest generation" became the greatest generation out of their experiences in the Great Depression, but tended to shield their OWN children, my generation, from similar experiences. It seems to get worse as time goes on. We all tend to think of hard times as terrible, when in fact we become stronger from facing challenges. We don't enjoy hardship, but it strengthens us.
    We fail to realize that prosperity and wealth are not blessings to those who didn't earn them - if Mom and Dad provide for all my needs without my working for any of them, then I take them for granted.

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    Sept. 24, 2012 8:27 a.m.

    Things like Social Security, food stamps and disability are ways to help the most vulnerable of us without crushing individuals in the attempt to provide care. A society is certainly able to be judged by the treatment of the vulnerable. Help, neglect or abuse, what attitude do we encourage?

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Sept. 24, 2012 7:36 a.m.

    One in 6 kids are hungry at some point in the month. Many families are understanding the financial pinch the nation is in, and kids are not being shielded from the reality.

    For some reason if a middle class kid wants to do something extra curricular fundraising is the model so instead of their parents paying for the activity in its entirety neighbors are asked to consume something they don't want or need like a candy bar so Johnny can play baseball? And teaching kids that consumerism for a cause is okay.

    Kids are not seeing the model of sharing with others, but instead are exposed to gimmicks. The activity walk where you need to convince others to give money so you can publicly show off your support of the charity. Matching so your perceived donation feels larger. Give me boxes at every store, restraurant and intersection. Teaching kids to give from change in their pockets. Almost as if those little boxes are there to collect disposable money. Not that sharing should come off the top. When it comes off the top, and savings comes off the top, you just feel like you have enough to meet needs.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 7:10 a.m.


    My/our equity ownership came from hard work, long nights, living like college students well into our late thirties. While some were buying new cars on credit, we paid cash for used vehicles. We used hand-me-downs and bought used furniture. And we carefully saved and invested the difference for over 20+ years. We did this so we would have a rainy day fund, and so I wouldn't have to be stressed about money as the expenses inevitably grew. I have never made big $$$, but we have lived consistently on less than we have made, and have invested the difference primarily in great U.S. businesses that are creating value for people all over the world.

    Go ahead and jump on the divisive bandwagon the Obama is driving, where you pit class against class. Obama's class warfare and your jab at those who work, save and invest, will not make this nation stronger, happier or more prosperous.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 23, 2012 3:45 p.m.

    And mabye the Eyres could direct some of their criticism toward those who live off of equity ownership instead of hard sweat.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 23, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    This article is utter nonsense. Everybody learns to work, or they don't survive. And let's not confuse the presumed connection between kids' attitudes and social insurance, e.g. social security and medicare (they are NOT entitlements). Life is rough and kids learn to work, without help from the Eyres.