About a week ago my post Invisible Kansans Tell Their Stories somehow came to the attention of advocates of the disabled, and several left a few comments to the article.
As you might imagine, many of the comments are argumentative, some full of invective in their demand for more funding. This is typical of those who rely on government for funding and don’t believe they’re getting enough. We saw this last year in Wichita in the campaigning for the school bond issue.
Here’s an example from one comment-writer: “I’m am outraged by the selfish idiots who have no clue about what people with disabilities must go through and could care less … And I seriously hope you can’t sleep at night for being such horrible human beings … So get busy and quit complaining about paying taxes. We are tired of hearing you.”
Another: “… the TV ads are no longer running due to lack of funds, but get ready, ’cause you ain’t heard nothin’ yet. We’re not invisible any more, and we damn sure ain’t gonna keep our mouths shut.”
Here’s what was missing from these comments: not one person said “thank you” for the funding they receive. No one at all.
And why should they say thank you to the taxpayers? Government, after all, is all about force. If you can get the legislature and governor to agree with your program, whatever it may be, the state enforces your wishes against the will of others.
Then, look at the result. Is anyone happy about this?