Drive by the Last Place on Earth today and watch your tax money going up in smoke!
While you're at it, stop by the casino to watch seniors convert your tax money into thin air.
Turn on C-SPAN and watch your tax $ endlessly debate the color of their new office decor.
How much of the LPOE first of the month tax $$ harvest was supposed to feed the toddlers of the "parents" purchasing that product?
What B-man said.
I don't care to guess what the first-of-month profit is at the LPOE -- I imagine it's a wince-inducer -- but the fact that a small percentage of people on assistance use this stuff isn't much of an argument against public assistance.
So, the assumption is that only people on welfare use that shit? That's okay, I also judge people. For instance, I believe that people who say things like welfare people are doing all the drugs are either idiots or post broad generalizations to garner attention because it's the only way anyone will ever acknowledge them.
That is not the assumption.
The fact that there is a larger population gathered outside LPOE on the first of the month is an indication that the people there that day are more likely welfare recipients.
But some people will make that correlation, no matter how flawed it is.
The bottom line is, it does not matter who is doing it... It is bad for our community.
While there might very well be more people outside of the Last Place on Earth on the first of the month, there are also more people at the grocery stores.
What bothers me about the post is that it seems implied that the solution is to take away social relief. There will always be people who misuse what you give them, but the truth of the matter is that these programs are necessary for some people to exist. Whether or not you like it, there will always be poor and it is up to us not as citizens but human beings to shoulder that burden when we can afford it because somewhere down the road, be it when we are elderly or when a spouse dies or your job gets outsourced so someone with too much wealth can avoid taxes and paying a reasonable wage.
Another implication is that people on welfare are living the easy life. Every day on Facebook I see someone post a picture they stole from someone else that states that they believe that recipients of welfare do not deserve access to tattoos, liquor, or any other luxury item. In a world where middle-class people take out loans for jet skis, four wheelers and vacations to Las Vegas, all things that they cannot afford, to imply that someone shouldn't buy a case of beer they can't necessarily afford is asinine and incredibly hypocritical. To be forced to live in misery with no respite whatsoever is not an answer. The truth be told, some of those minimum-wage workers or workers who can't find a job because they have one for 15 hours a week but it is not flexible enough for them to find a second job or people working two to three jobs and still receiving welfare because the cost of rent is so fucking high that they can't afford to eat well or even go see the new Batman deserve a beer more than the rest of us. A tattoo costs less than a trip to Hawaii.
And lastly, it's the implication that these people are being viewed as a disease instead of the symptom. A great deal of these people are sick and in need of help, not judgement. Some are sick mentally. Some physically. And some spiritually. The reaction that they should be swept under the rug so we, the middle class, do not have to look at them absolutely makes me want to vomit. Whatever the feeling on synthetics or Jim Carlson (who is simply practicing capitalism at the expense of others, much in the vein of McDonald's or Wal-Mart or your local liquor store) Duluth should not be so quick to sweep this problem away. While you may say it is "bad for our community," I think it is good for our community to see these problems, know they exist and take actions to better them.
I saw that Canada had a previous post about how the people in front of LPOE are so brazen. About their lack of respect for the community they are disrupting. Have you ever stopped to think that maybe the reason these people gathered outside the LPOE are so vocal and upfront about what they're doing is because it's the first time anyone has paid attention to them? The first time their existence was acknowledged in the community? A stifled voice is a voice straining to be heard.
I just think it is ignorant and callous to shrink the significance of this down to such an infantile statement.
I don't blame public assistance for this sad state of affairs, I indite Jim Carlson for choosing to exploit dis-empowerment, disenfranchisement and disillusion for personal gain at the expense of the well being of those unable to have control in this situation, the children afflicted by the choices of their parents. Again, I ask, how much public assistance, rightly intended to help children, is being harvested on the first of the month by Jim Carlson for his sole profit? Stop fucking clouding the issue. This is a bad thing and Carlson should stop it because it's unhealthy and an exploitation of others weakness. As much a handful of wet cardboard as it is, a McRibbs isn't destroying lives and sending people to the hospital with hallucinations, I don't see anyone standing in the drive thru with their toddler in a stroller during a snowstorm to get one. Wal-Mart, Liquor stores ... yep all bad ... but LPOE ... a class below!
I'm not clouding the issue. I'm stating a point that's completely relevant. My opinion was not about Jim Carlson or LPOE. There's enough about that bullshit on PDD. I don't think he's right. I don't think he's a good man. I believe him to be a bottom feeder. What I'm saying is there are more intelligent ways to address what the real problem is than blaming a group who is already being exploited. It's all agenda and the goal is a cosmetically superior city. In the meantime, nobody bothers to deal with the real problems. Getting rid of LPOE won't stop drugs, welfare abuse, child neglect, or antisocial behavior. It's just that it will make us feel safer if we push them back to their ghettos.
Turn on NASA channel to see your tax $$$$ go to a higher purpose.
I'm with TheKujawa here.
If she is practicing zero-gravity jazz flute this is my tax dollars well spent!
I'm in agreement with Kujawa. I don't think it's clouding the issue but pointing at the root of what you see as the issue. I think people here have told Baci over and over that no one is trying to validate what Jim Carlson does, we can all agree that it's low and in a perfect world would have no place in it. But closing him down won't solve the problem, simply cover up a symptom of it. I'm not even saying DON'T close him down, just do it if it can be done in a legal manner. In the mean time help the people he's keeping down to stand because as soon as old Jim is out of the picture, someone else will step in for their piece of the down-trodden pie.
If the corporate masters are going to screw people so hard, they should allow people a little toke to alleviate the suffering. And the line in front of the LPOE goes away.
Gotta love those bottom feeders
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