Tuesday, September 28, 2004

What Your Tax Dollars Pay For -- Wow

Last week, the city of New York announced a program with the ASPCA to make available spaying and/or neutering for pets free or at a low cost to welfare recipients.

Yes, you heard me correctly. Our tax dollars are feeding those who are less fortunate than ourselves, which is okay, but we're also expected to foot the bill for the four-legged less fortunate.

Please don't misunderstand me. I am fully aware that it is often difficult to make ends meet. Sometimes your expenses overwhelm your income. Underemployment and undereducation do not create wealth, but here's where I lose my sympathy. You can't feed your kids, but you have a dog. Not a skilled dog that can bring in money because he has a Stupid Pet Trick and can appear on Letterman. Not a dog that is beautiful to look at and warrants a place in doggie fashion mags. Just a dog.

No one seems to get the lack of logic here. I thought, according to the city, you can't have pets in the projects. Do you make a decision about who gets to eat this month, Fido or Junior? It's only the wife and me in a 6-room apartment, and we still don't feel like we have enough space for ourselves and our stuff. How do you decide where to put Pyewacket's litter box if 5 of you are living in a 2-bedroom apartment?

Frankly, I don't care that I'm calling out every welfare stereotype, but let's get real. If you need government assistance with your survival, which is what welfare is supposed to do, a pet is a luxury. It's one thing if you have a working animal like a seeing-eye dog, and the government should help with care, but it's another if Butch followed your kids home one day and never left. Get rid of the damn dog. You might find some extra money at the end of the month.

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