OpinionI expect the government to take care of my needs.
      – DigitalBoss, 2009-09-17 at 16:13:21   (17 comments)

On 2009-09-17 at 16:14:01, DigitalBoss wrote...
I disagree, of course. Let's see how many have the guts to agree.
On 2009-09-17 at 18:29:29, Thelevellers wrote...
I don;t expect them to take care of my needs, I want to live in a country where the government provides back-up for when you need it most, it's not quite the same. I'm sure you disagree with that sentiment however, so maybe I should just agree and shut you up?
On 2009-09-17 at 19:17:06, DigitalBoss wrote...
Glad to see you shut up and click "Disagree".
On 2009-09-17 at 19:24:57, Lee J Haywood wrote...
This is another one of your either-or statements which is a logical fallacy because it precludes other options. Yes, the government takes care of some 'needs' (like fending off pirates from the coastlines) and yet, somehow, I don't expect the government to wash my clothes for me.
On 2009-09-17 at 19:39:30, DigitalBoss wrote...
I simple no would not suffice for you? Click yes, or click no.
On 2009-09-17 at 19:57:59, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I answered both - agreed and disagreed. You're obviously unable to understand my previous comment.
On 2009-09-17 at 19:59:50, DigitalBoss wrote...
Fending off pirates on the coast is not caring for your needs, it is caring for general needs, not you as an individual.
On 2009-09-17 at 20:21:28, BorgClown wrote...
What was the point of this topic? Unless he's in a witness program or the army, everyone will disagree.
On 2009-09-17 at 20:32:13, DigitalBoss wrote...
It is an opinion, you can agree with it, or disagree. It was meant to make people stop and think about what they expect from government.
On 2009-09-17 at 20:33:06, DigitalBoss wrote...
I suspect that some will agree.
On 2009-09-17 at 20:38:26, Lee J Haywood wrote...
You're mistaken - it's not valid to entirely agree or disagree with a flawed statement. The government isn't one thing - it's a collection of government departments which provides a variety of services for itself and the population it governs. My 'needs' aren't one thing either, and what I 'expect' is irrelevant. I can only 'expect' the government to do what it does already. Yes, it's interesting to think about what a minimalist government should do but that's not the wording you've used and yet you expect people to take a liberal interpretation of your sentences without any qualification.
On 2009-09-17 at 20:45:18, DigitalBoss wrote...
It is a sad fact, in this country (the US), people expect the government to provide for them; they don't intend to provide for themselves.
On 2009-09-17 at 20:54:28, Lee J Haywood wrote...
There are those who actually need support, and those who deliberately stay out of work in spite of being healthy and able. It's not so much that these people are leeching from the government that makes them horrible people, more just the feeling that they ought to be doing something productive like most other people. On the other hand, some have actually been out of work for long that they suffer anxiety from the idea of it. I've seen stories of some who've grown old without ever actually worked at all, and being forced to look for work causes undue stress for them. At the moment, I'm out of work due to redundancy. I can spend a considerable amount of time living off my savings (not unlike a genuinely rich person might), but will eventually have to start earning again. I don't see any major harm in having a break from work if you need one, but you can still be productive without earning money or producing anything for others.
On 2009-09-19 at 00:51:48, DigitalBoss wrote...
What is it about a person that can think that they are entitled to a portion of another person's life?
On 2009-09-19 at 00:56:12, BorgClown wrote...
The laws.
On 2009-09-19 at 09:04:55, Lee J Haywood wrote...
DigitalBoss be a buccaneer, arr.
On 2009-09-20 at 03:55:40, BorgClown wrote...
Ninjas also don't reckon' no stinkin laws either