I’m unmotivated to be funny today, sorry.
One of my very first, and yet still current followers, Cookie the Canadian lady who has the same gestational period as an elephant, does a rant every Friday about something that makes her titties hot or something like that.
I like to rant as well, so that’s what I’m going to do now.
My star studded Tuesday night with the first of the month crowd has put welfare on the forefront of my brain. It’s no secret that the welfare system in the United States is fucked up beyond belief for sure. Does any other country have so many overweight poor people?
What started out as a nice idea to get people through difficult times during the Great Depression has turned into a way of life for way too many Americans. There is a sense of entitlement to benefits that haven’t been earned and it’s maddening to me. Many of the people receiving benefits are perfectly capable of working, but refuse to do so because, quite frankly, they don’t have to.
I can’t say that I blame them though, as work is a real drain on a person’s social life.
While I’m all for welfare where it’s truly needed, more needs to be done to make sure those who can do for themselves are at least trying.
Hmmmm. Ok, I’m going to cut myself off from this topic now because what I had written here was entirely too truthful and fact laden and nobody likes it when facts get in the way of an otherwise solid argument. The truth about something always stings some people and what I had written would have sent some of you into a tizzy, I’m sure. Look at me using a filter for once! In other words, because I don’t feel like getting into an online pissing match with welfare enthusiasts, I’m changing gears.
So this happened this week.
I’ve mentioned more than once that I’m from St. Louis, MO. It’s a fine city for sure. Even though he doesn’t know it yet, Msr. Le Clown is going to visit St. Louis very soon.
Speaking of St. Louis and clowns, the city is run by a gaggle of them.
On a good day, St. Louis has about 300,000 residents. That’s the population within the city limits, so I’m not referring to the suburbs or the entire Metro East region, of course. There are 28 aldermen running the city, along with the mayor. If my math is correct, that’s about 10 or 11 thousand folks per alderman. By comparison, Chicago has 50 wards with 50 aldermen to assist their nearly three millions residents. They serve about 54,000 residents per alderman.
The position of alderman in St. Louis is a part time job, though I’m sure they’d argue it comes with full time responsibilities. Aldermen here are paid just under $38,000 annually, so it’s not like they’re martyrs for sure. That’s a decent full time salary for many people.
Here’s one of my favorite aldermen defending his fairly recent (a few years ago) pay raise to our local Fox News investigative reporter.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT7jDrLWrvo]
Freeman Bosley, Sr. is ALWAYS an entertaining interview to watch, just Google his name and watch some video, if you have time to kill and need a laugh.
Anyway, his latest shenanigans had me in stitches. I wasn’t sure whether to be really pissed off, amused, dumbfounded or just plain awed by his audacity.
Mr. Bosley has several children, one of whom goes to a local private high school (what does that tell you about the state of the city’s public school system?). She is, by all accounts, a good student and a bright young lady. She is all set to go to college in the fall. She’ll be attending St. Xavier University in Chicago, Il. St. Xavier is a Catholic university and it’s certainly not cheap!
While some scholarships and grants have apparently helped to cover around $25,000 of the cost of her schooling, there is still about $14,000 that remains to be paid.
What would any normal human being faced with such a hefty school bill for their child do?
This, of course!
Yes, you did read that correctly!
Mr. Bosley sent this letter to his “friends” and “supporters” asking for them to send him money to help pay for his daughter’s education.
Who the fuck does that?
I like to think I have some big balls, but it’d never have crossed my mind to ask my friends to send me money to help pay for something my kids wanted or needed, especially if my kid was a young adult.
Here is the article in the local paper. Don’t forget to read the comments, of course, they’re always enlightening. Apparently, Mr. Bosley did change his mind after everyone made such a fuss about this non-issue to him.
While he claims to not have used any city resources, which may be true, his letter to friends is addressed from Alderman Freeman Bosley, Sr., not from Your pal Freeman Bosley, Sr.
Am I wrong to think this is ridiculous? Is this something that others would do and shame on me for not thinking of it first?
I’m curious to hear from my non St. Louis and out of country peeps on this one.
Have a great weekend.