Seven Children and No Jobs

An article in today’s SvD reminded me of the American Octomom. You’ve all probably heard of her. She had 6 young children and lived with her parents on welfare, then had another 8 implanted. They’re now all in special care units, and the woman herself doesn’t even have insurance or a job. The kids, many of whom are damaged, will cost California taxpayers millions of dollars even as their own futures are bleak.

In Sweden, there’s a sob story interview with a man named Hampus. Now 18, he lives with his unemployed dad. His unemployed mom died recently, unfortunately. Hampus, along with his six siblings, enjoyed free schooling, free school food, free counseling, and children’s grants every month. They had free health care, subsidized dental care, and help paying the rent. On top of that, both of his unemployed parents receive welfare. It’s not as if the rest of us have left them out to dry. This is not enough for Hampus.

You see, his parents declined to pay some of their bills. As such, when Hampus now turns 18, the bills are transferred to him. Much like Hampus would inherit his parents’ money (if they’d worked any) when they died, he instead inherits their debt. Hampus thinks this highly unfair. He thinks everyone else should pay the debt so he doesn’t have to. It should be noted that the debt is barely 600 dollars. Hampus is outraged that he might have to get a “job” to pay the debt.

Since when did getting a job become a bad thing? I think that’s a rather poor attitude to have, and no doubt part of the reason why his parents declined to work.

On that topic, if neither parent has a job, why in the world would you get seven children? Is it really reasonable to expect that everyone else should cough up thousands upon endless thousands to pay for their decision to have as many kids as humanly possible? That the kid grows up to despise the very thought of getting a job to pay off what amounts to no more than a Playstation 3 just makes it all the more offensive. Have we just spawned seven more people who think life-long welfare is a human right? It’s not as if he even humbly asks for some help, either. No, with swear words and aggressive phrases he demands that money from us.

Ayn Rand summarizes it perfectly in Atlas Shrugged, when she explains why people who earn millions of dollars and create hundreds of jobs are evil bastards, yet angry brats who demand someone else pay because they don’t want to get a job are front-page news deserving of hugs, tears, attention, sympathy and cold hard cash earned by someone else.

Why is it moral to serve the happiness of others, but not your own? If enjoyment is a value, why is it moral when experienced by others, but immoral when experienced by you? If the sensation of eating a cake is a value, why is it an immoral indulgence in your stomach, but a moral goal for you to achieve in the stomach of others? Why is it immoral for you to desire, but moral for others to do so? Why is it immoral to produce a value and keep it, but moral to give it away? And if it is not moral for you to keep a value, why is it moral for others to accept it? If you are selfless and virtuous when you give it, are they not selfish and vicious when they take it? Does virtue consist of serving vice? Is the moral purpose of those who are good, self-immolation for the sake of those who are evil?

“The answer you evade, the monstrous answer is: No, the takers are not evil, provided they did not earn the value you gave them. It is not immoral for them to accept it, provided they are unable to produce it, unable to deserve it, unable to give you any value in return. It is not immoral for them to enjoy it, provided they do not obtain it by right.

“Such is the secret core of your creed, the other half of your double standard: it is immoral to live by your own effort, but moral to live by the effort of others-it is immoral to consume your own product, but moral to consume the products of others-it is immoral to earn, but moral to mooch-it is the parasites who are the moral justification for the existence of the producers, but the existence of the parasites is an end in itself-it is evil to profit by achievement, but good to profit by sacrifice-it is evil to create your own happiness, but good to enjoy it at the price of the blood of others.

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~ by Escaping Perdition on February 19, 2009.

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