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No you cannot come in

No! You Cannot Come in

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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