IS THE DOLE DESTRUCTIVE? CAN WORKMAN'S COMP, SSI, WELFARE COMPLETELY DESTROY INITIATIVE?
There was a New Yorker cartoon where two hippies talk enthusiastically. 'I just got my AFDC check and combined with my Social Security check and my Workman's Comp and my Unemployment check and my Dad's pension check and my girlfriend's Section 8 Free Housing stipend, I think I can kick back for a few days so let's go picket the Federal Building!" To me that cartoon is as seminal as the New Yorker cartoon from the forties where the kid spits out a big PTOOEY of food and says "I Say it's Spinach and I say to HELL WITH IT!"
Someone should draw a new cartoon where a jobless millenium man who has submitted his resume to hundreds of potential businesses and failed to find a job sits on a bridge beam gloomily saying, "I could take Workman's comp but then I'd lose my initiative. I think I'll kill myself instead."
I'm cogitating that way cuz of my New York PC programmer pal who was partially disabled by the work and who's been jobless for 2 years but who still wants to work and who sent thousands of resumes out with no result had also providently applied for Workman's Comp. He had failed wondered if I thought he should try again to do it, sue them again, or appeal. "Everyone says I should, and God knows, I really need the money, but I'm afraid that if I do and just sit home waiting for a check every month, I'll vegetate. Then, what if I win? I'm worried that if I take the money, I'll also begin to think like a loser. I would really like to know what you think; I can't ask the other people I know, because I all owe them money, and of course they will say I should appeal."
I wrote him back saying if he succeded in his appeal, it certainly was payment for two years of resumes he'd sent out, probably the sum he'd spent doing it. Also, told him that I knew a little about the dole -- try twenty years of AFDC welfare while raising my four fatherless kids. (Their father hid in Mexico where the law couldn't reach him.)
Today (and during the very dole years that were supposed to suck the pluck out of my bones,) I work twenty hrs a day writing scripts, novels, article, doing horoscopes, reading palms, entertaining by doing readings at posh parties, running a website, self publishing instructive articles. What is more, all my kids have cottage industries and drive good cars and one son bought a house. Four kids raised on welfare, is there anyone deeper into the dole than that? The trick is that they do what they saw their ole momma doing, working twenty hrs a day at her desk in front of them.
True, one child went lame. One child develped schizophrenia in his mid twenties. He's recovered now, touch wood but he had worked from age sixteen onwards, golf course maintenance, landscaping, then he had his own messengering biz, he was a contract signing MESSENGER. He'd get clients who had multiple deliveries a day /week including the most prestigious architect on the planet, Frank Gehry. Not eating, stress and too much coffee all day and beer all night can exacerbate genetic tendencies toward the SCHIZY GENE.
My oldest dole boy has his fab wedding photo/video industry in hawaii a place with a wedding industry biz. he always wanted the tropics. He bought his first property there a few years back, is remodelling it. My second son Mr. Muscles has a guerilla contractor biz, does remodels, kitchens, bathrooms, plumbing, electrical, the whole nine yards, he's a genius. His Basque father contributed that seed of ATLANTIS which Basques are, only living remnant. These people were furious engineers til a tsunami got them. My daughter, Paloma started out a high paid bookkeeper did it for years, big Bev Hills CPA, got bored, quit a huge salary became a freelance no-studio photographer with her own, freelance biz in NYC. She's extremely talented, has worked for the most famous photogs in America, famous names, now she lives the good life. She was in Tuscany, Italy last summer, was in Hawaii when 911 hit babysitting her brother's dog. She was in France the year before. These bums grew up on welfare!
WE ALL TOOK huge poisonous doses of welfare and it didn't lay us flat on our backs. So as I wrote my NYC jobless programmer pal: "A welfare hex? GEEZ be superstitious why doncha! The thing is to keep sending out your resume like you've been doing, *(try one year of it, hundreds of submissions, and utter failure because this nation is in a recession that the gov won't admit to!)
Second, get into a second moonlighting profession that fits the needs of the new millenium. Something with headroom where you can end up CEO employing a hundred men. This is a challenging possibility yet you sit frozen, guilty, fearing to take thousands of dollars of start up money. You worry about the judge's opinion somehow magically becoming a reality! You give the two second mental twinge OPINION OF A JUDGE more importance than your own resolve, your desire to create a business of some kind, your desire to find a job your desire to be out with people, participating in society JUST his opinion, just his brain corpuscles clenching for a few minutes on your resume and saying, this guy is finished, that output of those brain cells is so commanding to your destiny?
I know a jobless, office-less surgeon. He started 'Surgeons Are Us' where small hospitals could get a surgeon sent them in ten minutes. He's a billionaire. I read autiobio of a PC tekkie who worked in a big corporation where she observed software services being rendered for huge fees. She started the same biz in her garage and made 22 million first year, went public and sold out for 420 million dollars a couple of years later. Her book is "CEO" by Sandra Kurtzig. Read it. Go to ABE BOOKS dot com and find a cheap, used copy, read it. Inspiring.
Philosopher Writer L.Ron Hubbard was on the dole for body disabilities when he wrote his book and started Scientology. Letting yourself love what you love, care about your concerns, research your interests, catch fire and be inspired about life on our planet is really your first step. Participation and profits will follow.
THE DOLE isn't going to prevent that happening unless you spend those profits on whisky! And you're not going to do that! Have a little faith in yourself. God did. Or who did you think is sending you that dole? He wants you to be happy. If you will be happy when that money is there, then ask for it.
My friend the jobless data programmer listened and unlike most of my clients, he heard. He persisted, and even though first time he been turned down, he applied again. Within a few months, he heard that he'd won his appeal! Workman's Comp is giving him a huge check for $20,000. I told him to think of it as back wages in part. In his fifty years of working, the USA took a million out of his paychecks just for such a crippled day as this.
My friend said that the judge in his decision said, in effect, that he was granting the stipend because he felt the evidence showed that my friend could never work again, at least not in his former capacity. Incapacity of some kind is the criteria for any dole. Some degree of incapacity. And getting a dole only proves that you did deserve it, that the judge thinks you did. So, in effect, Man proposes, God and the Judge disposes! The question is, do you trust your own judgment and do you trust the universe? And do you trust the JUDGE?
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