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Conjectures of a guilty freeloader

March 22, 2012

Liberty - Pay our bonus - 1935. Many in great need because Democrat policies prolonged the Great Depression. US had a special duty to World War I veterans. In 1936 Democrat president FDR vetoed immediate payment of bonuses due in 1945, Congress overode the veto. Could not spare a dime, but at least veterans got their bonus nickles.

Conjectures of a guilty freeloader. (With sincere apologies to Thomas Merton for contamination of his great book title.) From a forum post.

The fracas remembered by your grandmother is apparently the activist mob of World War I veterans who thought they deserved bigger bonuses [Actually immediate payment not unfunded promises as in Social Security] for their service.

The duty of those placed by Providence in authority to organize and command armies and police forces is plain.

The actions of protesters and the government were in an area of proper government responsibility. The People and their Congress, and President, and courts may or may not have acted properly in the matter.

But these authorities have no general scriptural duty to assist those in need.

And the founders of our Nation did their best to keep government out of the private personal duties of charity.

The authorites have a duty to facilitate individual charity. Examples in law of Moses.

Joseph evidently did not advise Pharoh to feed the hungry of Egypt.

Pharoh sold what had been stored, and ended up owning most of Egypt.

Government favoring freeloaders over productive taxpayers is an anti-scriptual formula for disaster.

I am much more of a [Social Security] freeloader than you are. You have children and grandchildren who, most probably, are more than happy to pay off your share of our government’s debt to the Chinese and others.

I once refered to my senior citizen’s bus pass as a “freeloader’s id”. When I got off the bus, the driver said, “Have a good day, Mr. Freeloader”. He was happy to find a freeloader who freely admitted the reality of his position.

More information about the “Bonus Army” that may be of interest.

Bonus Army – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “Many of the war veterans had been out of work since the beginning of the Great Depression. The World War Adjusted Compensation Act of 1924 had awarded them bonuses in the form of certificates they could not redeem until 1945. Each service certificate, issued to a qualified veteran soldier, bore a face value equal to the soldier’s promised payment plus compound interest.

The principal demand of the Bonus Army was the immediate cash payment of their certificates. Retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler, one of the most popular military figures of the time, visited their camp to back the effort and encourage them.[1] On July 28, U.S. Attorney General William D. Mitchell ordered the veterans removed from all government property. Washington police met with resistance, shots were fired and two veterans were wounded and later died. Veterans were also shot dead at other locations during the demonstration. President Herbert Hoover then ordered the army to clear the veterans’ campsite. Army Chief of Staff General Douglas MacArthur commanded the infantry and cavalry supported by six tanks. The Bonus Army marchers with their wives and children were driven out, and their shelters and belongings burned. A second, smaller Bonus March in 1933 at the start of the Roosevelt Administration was defused with promises instead of military action.

In 1936, Congress overrode President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s veto and paid the veterans their bonus years early. [My emphasis.]

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