The Kids Are Alright

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Slow posting today as I travel back to North Dakota from Montana where I had a great time talking to fired-up conservatives about the subtle art of blogging, but I wanted to share this story with you.

Sometimes I get a little disheartened, as a conservative, about the way things are going in our country.  Run-away debt, almost unpayable obligations to entitlement programs and an electorate that is increasingly dependent on said entitlements can make the situation seem hopeless, but this lifted my spirits.

On the way home from church today my wife and daughters passed a gentleman sitting near a stop sign holding a sign reading “Need Help” and panhandling for money.  My eleven-year-old daughter elbowed my wife as they drove by and said, “Look, he’s sitting right next to a “Help Wanted” sign.

She makes daddy proud.

Maybe, just maybe, the kids are going to be alright.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • $8194357

    Yup

  • Allen

    She sounds like a very astute young lady. Yes, you should be proud.

  • Adolf Mittler

    I’m sure if the panhandler went to the business with the Help Wanted sign, that business would hire him at the drop of a hat. Usually, businesses hire panhandlers.

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      No they don’t, but they do hire qualified people willing to work. Duh.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Thanks for bringing us around, full circle. Brilliant!

      • Adolf Mittler

        And guess what? I qualified person would probably not be panhandling.

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          My bad. I should have realized that “Help Wanted” signs in shop windows means the management is looking for a brain surgeon—a specialty you need never worry about, either as a practitioner or a patient.

    • sbark

      probably because panhandlers keep themselves looking like 60’s hippies Dem’cat on purpose.
      Shower and shave, clean clothes….he walks in and odds of landing a job go up dramatically.
      …but why bother with a job…….too many incentives not to.

      • Adolf Mittler

        Yeah, you are right. Starvation and homelessness is a great incentive not to work.

        • yy4u2

          If they are half as knowledgeable as yourself and you know how to at least operate a computer, most panhandlers should be more than qualified to get whatever job they wanted.

        • robert108

          Since a great many homeless are drug addicts, their incentive is to score the next fix.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      There are plenty of places in Minot willing to hire anyone willing to show up on time and work hard.

      • Adolf Mittler

        You are probably right. But someone who is at the panhandling stage probably needs some coaching up and psychotherapy before trying to get a job.

        • Bat One

          How about YOU pay for that “coaching up and psychotherapy” then?

  • Patrick R. Pfeiffer

    A liberal couple-proud, staunch and caring Democrats-introduced their young daughter to their old conservative friend they hadn’t seen in some years.
    “What would you like to be when you grow up?” asks the friend.
    “I want to become President so I can help all the poor people and give money to the homeless like that man out at the stop light today” the little girl states; her liberal parents beaming with pride.
    “You don’t have to wait,” says the friend. “Why don’t you come to my place, rake the leaves, mow the lawn and do a few other chores and I’ll give you $50 you can take to that man today?”
    The girl thinks a moment and replies; “how about we have the homeless guy come to your place and do the work and you just give him the $50″
    “Young lady, welcome to the Republican Party” the friend said.
    The couple hasn’t spoken to him since.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      So the man wants people to do his hard work for him, pay them under the table to avoid paying income tax and not pay for any health insurance?

      Republican indeed!

      • jl

        Nice try, Hanni. Who would not be paying income tax in our little story? Why, that would be the poor guy. And would by health insurance for a one time a 2 hr. job? What an idiot.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          Absurdity is the entire punchline of his joke. As if the young girl isn’t going to pay taxes when she gets a job, and I suppose she wouldn’t want any of her tax dollars going to feed the homeless?

          Maybe you can tell me whose money pays for charity at the churches?

          Idiots.

          • yy4u2

            Idiots for donating to a charity they perceive as helping out others or idiots for not getting the govt involved to extort some more taxes from an unwilling populace because the govt is so good at being charitable?

          • Bat One

            Chances are not better than fifty-fifty that she won’t be paying taxes. And if it’s her first job, the chances of her paying taxes are better than five-to-one against it.

            As for money for charity at churches, that money comes from people who donate it VOLUNTARILY.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            According to the joke, conservatives don’t give away money to the homeless and poor, VOLUNTARILY.

      • Tim Heise

        By law, in this situation, he does not have to report it nor provide health Insurance.

      • Bat One

        Actually, the moral of the story is that liberals are always going to insert themselves and their “social justice” horseshit in between those who want to work and those who are willing to pay to have work done. Which is why our current unemployment rate is STILL above 8% and the Employment-Population ratio is the lowest recorded since before WWII.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          No, I’m quite sure the moral of the story is that conservatives don’t want to pay for the homeless, but rather let them fend for themselves…..”go get a job”, or something like that. It doesn’t address the mental disorder problems many of our homeless face, but that’s why Ronny let them out in the street in the first place, isn’t it?

          • robert108

            Many of the homeless are drug addicts, little hanni; do you want to force us to pay for them?

    • Adolf Mittler

      That one is really old, and super cheesy and dumb to boot.

  • Neiman

    I do not believe your daughter noticed or said anything of the kind.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Well you can certainly believe what you want, Neiman, but that’s the story as my wife told it.

      And I don’t have to prove anything to the likes of you.

      • Neiman

        You are right the likes of you does not have to prove anything to me, it just sounds phony.

        • robert108

          It is a phony excuse for not debating the issue on the facts.

      • robert108

        Thanks for your class warfare to defend your inability to debate the issues, port. Some animals deserve more than others, right? The ones that don’t synch up with your ideology are second-class citizens in your eyes, it seems.

  • SigFan

    I’ve seen very similar things in my area of Western PA. At a major shopping center it is very common to see people standing at the entrances with signs asking for help, food, money or whatever. Oddly, near the main entrance where this is usually seen are three fast food places that are always advertising that they are hiring. And these places are within 50-100 feet of the spot where the panhandlers stand. One of those things that make you go “huh?”.

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