I wasn’t paying much attention to the news the other day when all of a sudden it hit me. The government is going to be sending out checks to people? Really? How much??? Wow! Of course, later on, I get some more details that the government was going to be sending out checks “to people who qualify”. Well, since I don’t work, I figured that wouldn’t be me.
I was wrong.
They’re doing it based on income in 2018. I quickly scrambled to see what I made year before last. I knew it wasn’t much since I’ve been retired basically since 2011. And while I must be honest and say, I’ve never taken a government handout before, I’ll take it…sure. I’m not proud. I’ve paid taxes since I was 13 years old, and I have never received any form of government assistance before…so I’ll take what comes my way and I won’t feel the least bit guilty about it. And it’s not like Andrew Yang is going to be signing the checks and I’m going to get it every month. It’s a couple of checks, period!
That made me feel good, actually. Look, I’ve always believed that every single able-bodied person should contribute to society. I have very little patience for people that sit at home and do nothing all day, watching Oprah Winfrey and reruns of Jerry Springer on TV. That does not enrich your life at all, and it contributes nothing to society. I used to own an apartment building in the, shall we say the more lower income side of the river in the town I resided in. Basically, it was four units, and three of the four were designated Section 8, which meant the government would send me a check for the rent every month. Those were welfare moms. I learned very quickly there wasn’t an attorney or a Congressman anywhere that understood the rules to welfare better than those ladies did. They always had their hands out and wanted more. That’s not what I’m talking about here.
Frankly, the Coronavirus isn’t impacting my wife and me all that much. We’re spending more time together at home (not a bad thing). We go down the street to my mother’s house and play cards with her (again, not a bad thing), and we watch some more TV than we’re used to. I spend a lot more time on the internet researching projects and reading the news. But other than that, we’re sort of “nesting”. And for the moment, I’m happy with that. I’m sure at some point, I’ll get bored, but for now, we’re doing just fine, thank you!
So, getting a $1,200 per person check from the government is fine with me. And by the way, no… I don’t consider the Social Security checks we get every month as a government handout. They OWE me that money. I paid into that for 40 some odd years. And you shouldn’t feel bad about getting a check from the government either! Take the money and run. At least this time around, it’s going to be money well spent!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!