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We all need to take responsibility for ourselves

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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:00 am

It’s really galling to read articles like this, “Going Without in America’s breadbasket,” June 11, in the Lodi News-Sentinel. My story can be told a million times over, even by my liberal friends, on how we started in life with nothing and through hard work made a contribution to this nation by not being a burden to our families or to our nation.

The young lady this article talks about was brought into this country illegally by her parents. Do her parents bear any personal responsibility for putting their child in this tenuous situation? Apparently not. It says she had big dreams and was to use agriculture as a springboard to her better life. It shows her with her seven children, and you wonder when did she have time for agriculture and you also wonder who paid for all these births. Does she bear responsibility for paying for the children’s birth? There is no mention of her husband in the article. Does he bear any responsibility for bringing these children into the world? Again, apparently not.

Before this young lady put herself in this situation, she should have learned the language, gone to school and earned a vocation before she had seven children. This is the only way anyone can achieve success: education, job and then family. It’s not the government’s (aka taxpayers’) responsibility constitutionally or morally to take care of me or my children or anyone else’s kids. It is the responsibility of the individual. If you can’t take care of yourself or the children you may have, you should not have them.

Ron Portal


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