Garrett helps poor families with food, housing, education

Garrett Hardin writes about saving the poor in
his essay”Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against the
Poor” found in The Blair Reader. Hardin writes about
how the rich countries are in the lifeboat and the
poor countries are swimming in the ocean. He also
writes about how the United States helps other
countries. Hardin feels that if the government keeps
helping other countries and letting people in then
America will also drown. “We must convince them if
we wish to save at least part of the world form
environmental ruin”(page 765).

Why should I help the poor countries? Why
should I let the immigrants in? I see no reason for
helping someone that is not an American. These non
Americans are taking my hard-working money that
they did not earn.

I am tired of the United States of America giving
my money to the poor countries. The government is
giving these people my money for which I worked
hard. The government does not ask for my
permission to give these people my money. By
letting these people on our lifeboat the government is
drowning us all. “If we do let an extra 10 people in
our lifeboat, we will have lost our ‘safety factor,’ an
engineering principle of critical importance” (page
757). I cannot take a chance in helping people if it is
going to put me in risk.

Instead of giving the money to non Americans it
should be used only in America. The money used to
help the poorer countries can be very useful in the
United States. The middle class people in America
get no help. More of that money can go toward the
middle class families. The middle class families work
had for their money. The government helps poor
families with food, housing, education and many
more things. The rich have more money than they
need, but the middle class is left struggling. The
middle class people cannot move up. The middle
class cannot get ant help from the government. It
makes me mad that the poor Americans do not take
advantages of some of the opportunities available for
them. The middle class people sometimes work two
or three jobs to pay for their own or their children’s
college education. The government should use the
money they are sending to other countries to help
the taxpayers.

In my family we have just enough money to get
by. I do not see the government knocking on my
door handing me food or money. Why should they
give my money to other countries? The government
will not help my family because our gross income is
too high to receive any help. Well true maybe our
gross income is high, but we do not take all that
money home. The government is taking money out
of my paycheck, money that I struggle for, and giving
it to other countries. I have my own dependents to
take care of. I should not have to take care of other
people. It was my decision to have my children. If I
wanted more dependents, I would have them. The
government also tells me that if I had gotten a used
car with cheap payments then I would have extra
money left over. Why should I have to get a used
car? If I get a used car, I will only be spending more
money getting it fixed. I am tired of the government
giving me excuses on why I do not need any help.

The only reason the government cannot help me is
because they do not have the money. The only
reason the government does not have the money is
because they are giving it to other countries.
I am tired of the immigrants coming into this
country. Hardin says “But aren’t we all immigrants, or
the descendants of immigrants?”(page 764). Well
yes, I am a descendant of immigrants and I
understand that. Nevertheless, what gives the
immigrants the right to come in my boat and take my
money? I have no objections to those immigrants
who come here to work or bring work. What I do
have a problem is with those that come here and
take advantage of our welfare system. These new
immigrants did not deposit money into the welfare
system so why should they be allowed to withdrawal.If the immigrants were not taking our tax money then
there would be more money for our people.
Who is going to help me? No body is going to
help me, not even my own country. The chances of
me getting social security when I am old are slim.

Meanwhile, these immigrants are getting my money.

While my money is being spent on non Americans, I
might be living in a shack going through Dumpsters
to get by, when I am old.

Garrett Hardin in “Lifeboat Ethics: The Case
Against the Poor” writes that if America keeps trying
to save other people from different countries then
America will also drown. I do not want these people
in my lifeboat. America is already starting to drown. I
want my money to be used to help only American
families. Leave American money in America!

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