“…ask what you can do for your country.”

What you can do for your country

Remember when President Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”  Maybe it is time we revisited that sentiment.  What if every American citizen that could work, did?  It would reduce our deficit and increase our tax base.  Citizens could have a direct impact on healing our country. As easy as that, what you can do for your country is contribute to the economy.

It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat; many of my smart, educated, able body friends are taking government hand-outs.  And when asked why, the say “Everybody else is, so I deserve it too.” Almost everybody I know is getting money from the government; Social Security, disability, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment, or school grants.

We don’t have an economic problem as much as we have a work ethic problem. Some of my friends are turning down $40k a year jobs because they want $60k a year. Some are living on unemployment because they want to enjoy some time off.  Some of my disabled friends aren’t really unable to work but are handicapped enough to claim disability.  I know they think they are being clever but really who are they hurting?

Statistics show that people who don’t work have low self-worth, are less happy and are generally in poorer health.  In addition, when an unemployed person tries to get back in the job market they find it harder to find a job.  Employers like to hire working people.

It seems the hardest working people in America are not the natural born citizens.  So what is wrong with us? Why when given the opportunity are humans so self-destructive?  Everybody knows a productive life is a better life, so why act otherwise?

Come on Americans; do your part; get a job, any job. You never know where it will lead you.  I didn’t plan on selling flags for a living, but it was the only job I could find and look at me now! Start asking yourself what you can do for your country.