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That’s called “too proud to take handouts, have a job”

January 17, 2012

The Hill talks about the Tea party losing steam. Frankly, you want an example of that – take a look at Jim and my blogging habits compared to “the greats”

The “great ones” are fascinated by political process, the primaries, nuances of the various GOP debates (how many have there been?). Jim and I don’t do political commentary for a living. For a # of reasons, partly related to the fact that we do strategy and the blog is about looking forward using patterns we see today vs. reporting on today – we are often spotting trends ahead of the links that could help drive traffic to our site. It’s a bit annoying to read what another better writer, or someone with more linkage says that exactly mirrors your idea – 2 weeks, or 2 months later. But hey, it’s NOT a living here…

speaking of “not making a living off others”

Here’s the Hill

There were more than 83,000 mentions of the Tea Party in the news media in 2010; that number dropped to 32,000 in 2011, according to an analysis by the research firm General Sentiment that was obtained by The Hill.

The firm also found that the Tea Party was mentioned about 970,000 times in 2011 in social media, Twitter and the news media. Meanwhile, conversations about economic inequality have partially supplanted the Tea Party’s focus on spending, and Occupy Wall Street picked up almost 8.5 million mentions in the same year.

Leave it to the media to write about how their own waning interest in a subject implies it’s falling to pieces. What.Ever

But here’s the rub – unlike OWS, the Tea partiers had JOBS. Which also explains the Democrats not really liking them much (well, except for the unions who help fund democratic campaigns. they like you)

From a blog, but with sources that link to real studies – we’re staying out of poverty because we’re too proud to game the system

Several years ago I memorized three rules for avoiding poverty … three simple rules.  I believe I got them from a book by Og Mandino, but wherever they came from, they impressed me enough that I had cards printed with these three points on them to hand out when appropriate.  The three steps were:

  1. Stay in school.
  2. Don’t get pregnant
  3. When you get out of school get a job.  Any job.  And keep that job until you can find one that pays more.

Oh, for those who are NOT too proud to game the system – a link for you:

Emmerich analyzes disposable income and economic benefits among several key income classes and comes to the stunning (and verifiable) conclusion that “a one-parent family of three making $14,500 a year (minimum wage) has more disposable income than a family making $60,000 a year.” And that excludes benefits from Supplemental Security Income disability checks.

Oops – I’m late to prepare to do a presentation – at 7pm tonight, so I’ll end here. Hopefully the economic conservatives don’t have to hold their nose too much – the alternatives appear to be worse. The culture that encourages a family of 3 to live off $14,500 in welfare benefits becomes….London summer 2011

2 Comments leave one →
  1. JWoods permalink
    January 19, 2012 9:06 am

    Interesting point of view, but let me advance another idea for you to consider. The liberal MSM wants to herald the death of the TEAs. Let them, what you can’t see or hear doesn’t mean it is gone or dead. Like in the latest Sherlock Holmes movie, we have put on urban camouflage. We don’t need or want publicity for what we are up to, but
    we are actually stronger and larger than ever. The connections berween groups are still active and information is passed back and forth. In the Bible there is a phrase “Patience is a virtue” Patient and silent doesn’t mean dead and gone, but if that is what the media heads think, all the better for us.

  2. January 18, 2012 8:57 am

    “Hey, we stopped talking about the Tea Party, and we started talking about Occupy… ane we talked about Occupy more. That must mean that half the country’s opinions are no longer relevant!” News flash: you thought that when you were talking about them, too.

    I’m fond of saying that it’s been years since I’ve worked a 40 hour week. I work way more than that. If that’s what I need to do to live, then so be it.

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