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Letter: Entry-level jobs not meant to support family

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Received: Dec. 11

I know when I read a letter from Mr. Scarbrough, I will find a partisan list of talking points based on nothing that is in the real world. His letter of Dec. 11 did not disappoint.

People have been working two and three jobs for the entire history of this great nation. It has only been recently that such drive and effort to improve one’s self have been derided and seen as some sort of failure on the part of the person working their backside off.

It is now popular to argue that one should not have to earn one’s way up the pay scale, that one should be hired at a wage that can support a family of four with all the amenities of someone who was willing to start at the bottom and work their way up.

McDonald’s, Burger King, et al. are not jobs or careers meant to support families. They are entry-level positions for the high school student to buy a cheap car and keep it fueled and to pay for going on dates. Or the college student to help make ends meet while improving his education.

Entry-level jobs are not meant to get you out of poverty any more than boarding an airliner makes you a pilot. Entry-level jobs are a stepping-stone for improving job skills, being on time, showing a willingness to work odd hours, go the extra mile.

Making $9 an hour for an entry level job is good money.

Now to the federal government subsidies and to the poor: It is not the federal government’s responsibility to take from me and give it to others. I dare say you have not read the Constitution, let alone studied it in any detail. Actually your shot at the tea party on the government shutdown is proof that you have not read nor understood the Constitution and have no idea how the budget is constitutionally passed.

In addition, please do not respond with “it is my Christian duty.” One, you know nothing about what I do for my church on my own time and money. Second, read Philemon where Paul says that one must do the right thing because he wants to, not because it was forced upon him by others.

Welfare is per the U.S. Constitution a state issue, falling under the 10th Amendment. If Indiana voters want to vote money to the poor, that is their right. The federal government cannot. See Article 1 Section 8. Should that not be enough proof, see the writings of Madison, the father of the Constitution. There are others as well if that, too, is not sufficient.

May God bless you, sir, with a very merry Christmas and a great New Year.

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