So I did a program at a school in rural Texas today. They are seeing some new money come into their town due to oil and gas wells found in the area. I am told that the economy has been pretty depressed between oil and gas discoveries, just ranching, hunting, some citrus and pecan orchards.
Some of these people are quite used to not having work, and living off welfare. The gas company is trying to do some good in the community, and they report they are encountering many folks who are quite receptive to the influx of money and excited to be a positive part of community improvement. I am told, “If you want a job, it’s there for you. And the skilled workers are moving around for higher pay. Inflation is rampant in land values, rent and housing.”And some of them have no expectation of getting a job – though they happen to be plentiful here among the mesquite and cacti. They suggest they want to receive electronic toys instead of services that might inspire them to new possibilities, like better education. Some of the kinds simply put up a wall about their own education, nat doing the school work. The attitude shows in school, where student attendance can be irregular.
This is a sad situation. At first one wonders, does it really exist? Are there really people who prefer government assistance over the rewards of work? It’s for real, so I see!
What can be done about this cycle of dependence? These people are ruining the purpose of government assistance for the people who really do need it. Should the occupiers move to this part of Texas?