Just a quick observation from Eric:
If one is to make the utterly retarded comparison between families and government, one can’t help but notice that the first thing families usually do before they start tightening their budgets is have daddy and mommy go to their bosses at work and ask for a raise…. Or, depending on what kind of job you have, ask for overtime…. You know, to increase revenue. Because some things just can’t be cut.
And piggybacking off that, if you were living in a household where Uncle Phil, who already has quite a lot of money, asked the family if he could not pay into the rent for six months, because he was going to use that money to buy some new interview clothes and get a better job so that he could actually increase the family’s overall income, and Dad was doubtful but said, okay, Phil, I guess we can trust you, because we’re all in this together, and let Phil “keep more of his money” for six months, at the end of which time it was discovered that Phil had blown the money on hookers and cocaine and also driven his car into the side of the house, so he needs to keep not paying rent for a while, and Dad’s like, goddammit, Phil, how am I supposed to fix the wall? and Dad sighs and pulls out the credit card, which they’ve already been using to cover Phil’s part of the rent….
I think you see where I’m going here.