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Posted on 12/02/2012 1:33:38 PM PST by pabianice
When the Great Depression came [upon the failing town], the event would have passed unnoticed by the people had it not been for the fact that money began to arrive from the government. They were at first too proud to accept it, and then they accepted it and were ashamed, and in due course they were not ashamed but came to think of it as rightfully theirs. The relief checks became the way of life of the town, an assurance of a livelihood for even the most indolent and feckless. When times at last improved, there was a leaching away of the brighter and abler young, who went to seek a future elsewhere; and by the time relief became welfare, no one there worked at all except for a few torpid merchants, whose customers paid with government checks. The town would not die, but it lived or half-lived as a parasite.
The citizens know no other life These are people who do not know want, but have never known prosperity. They do not know ambition or thrift; neither do they know toil or hunger. Their possessions are cheap and gaudy and soiled, their diet deficient in nourishment and abundant in sugar, their music a commercial debasement of the folk music of their fathers. They drink fiercely and are given to casual incest and sometimes slice each other with knives. Their only dreams are of winning prizes on television giveaway shows. These are the descendants of the stern mountaineers Down the years each generation has been more misshapen than its predecessor.
From Loob, by Bob Leman
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
Insert “corn syrup”
There, despite the grace of God, goes America.
In all fairness, the money that came from the government during the Great Depression went almost exclusively to local and regional Democrat party apparatchiks, who decided where it would go, as long as none went to Republicans.
But at the time, fortunately for us all, many of these Democrat apparatchiks were both loyal to the United States, as such, and were not particularly ideologues. That is, while they were Democrats, and thus somewhat corrupt, they had no tremendous motivation to socialism or national socialism as did their national leaders.
I know that town...[one like it, for nitpickers...]
And thats exactly what happened.
Reminds me of “The Wild and Free Pigs of the Okefenokee Swamp “
>> Corn syrup is sugar...
Yup. It’s a lot cheaper to make than beet sugar or cane sugar. But for those of us who are allergic to corn, it’s bad news. And it’s in everything.