Happiness Park

Thursday, July 12, AD 2012

 

Some stories truly do speak for themselves:

The government has been targeting Spanish speakers with radio “novelas” promoting food stamp usage as part of a stated mission to increase participation in the  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.

Each novela, comprising a 10-part series called “PARQUE ALEGRIA,” or “HAPPINESS PARK,” presents a semi-dramatic scenario involving characters  convincing others to get on food stamps, or explaining how much healthier it is  to be on food stamps.

The majority of the episodes end with the announcer encouraging the listener  to tune in again to see if the skeptic applies for benefits or learns to  understand the importance of food stamps to their health.

“Will Claudia convince Ramon to apply for SNAP?” the announcer exclaims at  the end of a standard episode titled “The Poet,” “Don’t miss our next episode of ‘HAPPINESS PARK.’”

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6 Responses to Happiness Park

  • It’s all over when the people the government lives off are outnumbered by the people living off the government.

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  • Donald how would you say this relates to being an American Catholic? I am not sure that it really speaks for itself, or if it does, what is it saying? What would an Catholic response be?

  • That we are governed by an administration that wishes to increase dependence on the government by advertising “freebies” like so much soap in the market place, and that all Americans, including American Catholics, are blithering idiots if they continue to put up with this fiscal and moral bankruptcy.

    The brief of this blog covers all things American and all things Catholic, and it is very broad brief indeed.

  • Yes it is broad just like the words “catholic” and “oecumenical”! I like it that way.

    But another thing I was wondering about is what response “Happiness Park” would elicit from our bishops concerned about immigration, about welcoming the stranger. Wouldn’t there be varying Catholic responses?
    I’m wondering if there really are a big number of immigrants suffering from hunger, and I just don’t know it.

    My own thoughts immediately went to a childish image of “bad” person on a street corner offering candy to passing children in order to suck them into some sort of situation dangerous to the child and for the profit or pleasure of the bad guy….or the whisking away of Pinnochio–

  • They walk in and show the bureaucrats they earn no money. None of their earnings is reported.

    I see a lot if the invaders in Nassau County, NY. If they are hungry it’s because they spend their illegal wages on getting drunk. Plus, their marijuana usage is huge.

    They also need free (I pay for them) health care to cure the bullet and knife wounds they inflict on one another.

    Certain bishops need to get out of their mansions and learn what we have to deal with.

A Better Life Than Julia’s

Wednesday, June 20, AD 2012

 

Another fine, and timelyecon 101 video from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity.

This is a response to the daft Obama campaign’s Life of Julia, that hymn to life as a government serf.  The truth is that in this life you have to depend upon God, yourself and, if you are lucky, your family.  Government assistance must exist for people who cannot take care of themselves, but as a way of life for those who can, it is soul destroying, trapping us, at best, in a permanent status of child-like dependence on the State, a dependence that is increasingly precarious as governments sink under the burden of unsustainable spending.

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9 Responses to A Better Life Than Julia’s

  • TRUTH.

    “God helps those that help themselves.”

    The welfare state rewards and fosters bad behavior; and each generation of state dependents grows more numerous and more miserable.

  • Emily comes across as cold and as isolated as Julia, and maybe a touch more smug. At least she doesn’t produce a government-financed kid along the way, who disappears as soon as he can get into day care.

  • When people aren’t living off my dime I tend to be fairly tolerant of foibles that I am not required to pay for.

  • I cannot find the cite but thought it was one of the books in Asimov’s Foundation or related series where in the robots obey the three laws and protect humans so well that humans are not allowed to do anything that might “endanger” them. Humans are slowly dying out and the robots cannot understand why. This is how I imagine government taking care of us – so stifling that in the end it kills us all.

    I do not what to discuss the problems with Asimov and his writings/theories/views but wanted to address the problem with unintended consequences and what happens to man when you protect him “too much”.

    I know the original Star Trek series seemed to have this theme in many of its episodes.

    Ophs, I think my geek/nerd is showing!

  • Independence of government is not that easy to achieve,

    I am the latest in a long line of Scottish peasant farmers, which one might imagine provides me with a life of sturdy independence. Nothing could be further from the truth. Regulations, quotas and subsidies mean that I am, to all intents and purposes, a government functionary, managing my quota of land on behalf of the state or, rather, the European Union. I understand the position in the United States is not dissimilar.

    I supplement my income by practicing as an advocate, both here and in France. As such, I benefit from the exclusive right of audience before the courts that the state grants to members of the Faculty of Advocates or the Barreau de Paris – Effectively, a Trade Union closed-shop.

    Financial dependence on the state is by no means the preserve of the underclass.

  • “Financial dependence on the state is by no means the preserve of the underclass.”

    Perhaps revolution is in order – turn the thieves out on their hind ends.

  • CatholicLawyer: Right author, wrong book. You refer to “I, Robot.”

  • I am waiting for when my generation will the ones in diplomatic positions, my general expectation is a bunch of incompitant people who decide things based on barbaric whims I hope that means they won’t have a functioning military to stop me from taking over DelMarVa mwahahaha.