Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Easy way around that...

In Orson Scott Card's novel, Ender's Game, the title character, Ender (or Andrew Wiggin) was an anomaly: a third child born to a family, and given the same government benefits that were almost always cut off after two (ex., free public school, access to health care, etc.). 

When I read Ender's Game in college, I thought that was ridiculous, especially for a family that lived in the United States of America (or, what once was such).  I don't think it's so ridiculous anymore, not with the current anti-human sentiments in government, and not with the onset of Mandatory Medicaid coming up.

I'm apparently not the only one to see the possibility, even though I hate to admit having something in common with Bachmann.

However, unlike Bachmann, I see an easy way around that possibility: don't rely on government funding.  Our current insurance doesn't cover maternity care.  We paid cash.  Got one hell of a discount, too.  We never applied for food stamps or WIC--we didn't need to, because we budget for stuff.  And we give up things we want to pay for things we need, like food, shelter, and health insurance.  If we need health care that isn't covered by our insurance, we pay for that, out of pocket.  We save money for that purpose.  If we choose to have more children, we'll pay cash for that, too. 

When it comes time for them to start school, either I will teach them, or we'll pay for private school. 

I do not rely on the government for anything I need that isn't required of them by the Constitution.  And I deeply resent it when someone tells me (or even implies) that I should. 


  1. You're right about Ender's Game.
    It becomes more realistic as time goes by. (Except for maybe the aliens)

    1. REGARDLESS, if you should need help, the help is available.

      However, every social program needs reform.

  2. MSgt B--I know...scary, isn't it?

    OCM--I'd rather turn tricks in the streets than turn to government for "aid." Been there, done that, don't want those strings attached to my kids.