August 9, 2012 19 Comments
If there is one thing lacking recently that underlies all of our problems it is a lack of personal responsibility. It goes hand in hand with the entitlement society of course. If we choose to have a society where the individual needs to have no more responsibility than a five-year old, why would we be surprised when a large proportion of the population takes advantage of it. After all we raised them to do the easier wrong rather than the harder right. That’s what teaching them that everybody deserves a ribbon is. Everybody doesn’t, the winner does.
I could say much the same thing about grading on the curve. What you get is the least bad getting the 4.0. It’s like running away from the bear, you don’t have to run faster than the bear, just faster than somebody else. That works for hungry bears but, it’s not a recipe for excellence.
And so we get to Joe Soptic. He worked for a company that was failing but, Bain Capital saw something that made them think they could save it. I’m guessing from its location that it was a union shop and the union wouldn’t negotiate but, I don’t know that, doesn’t matter anyway. For three years Bain kept it open, trying to make it profitable, for whatever reason they couldn’t, so they closed it, like a responsible business, not to do so would endanger the rest of the company. So Mr. Soptic was out of work, it happens to us all at some point.
He took a job at half the pay, OK, whatever. I don’t know if he looked for other jobs in his skillset locally, or regionally, or nationally, it’s none of my business anyway. His wife was working and had benefits, including insurance, and he was working for the school district, which almost without exception have insurance also. He says he couldn’t afford routine check ups for his wife. to me that sounds like someone with screwed up priorities, did he have a TV, go out to dinner, have air conditioning, any of those things? If he did, then he could afford routine check ups, he chose not to have them.
But somehow it’s Mitt Romney‘s fault (remember without Romney he would have lost his job years earlier) that his wife had untreated cancer that killed her. Sorry, give me a break, it’s no one except Mr. and Mrs. Soptics fault that it was not treated, could it have been gotten into remission, nobody will ever know, because the Soptics were negligent in their health care.
Here’s the ad, so if you so choose you can feel as sorry for him as the administration does.
Personally I’ll pass. He made his choices just like an adult so, just like a grown up, he’ll have to live the consequences of those decisions. Just like the rest of us.
And incidentally, or not, the amount of lying from democrats surrounding this ad is even more despicable than usual.
I’d be a lot happier with Romney if he had said this instead of me, by the way.
- Has the Obama Campaign Finally Gone Too Far? (powerlineblog.com)
- OMG!… Joe Soptic, the Anti-Romney Cancer Ad Steelworker, Admits Bain Capital Offered Him a Buyout (Video) (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Busted: Team Obama Caught in Blatant Lie About ‘Cancer’ Ad (townhall.com)
- The death of personal responsibility (wnd.com)