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The lure of easy money


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  • Feb. 16, 2021 - 8:22 PM

The lure of easy money

W.J. Butcher is a Coweta County resident and retired 26-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department. Send comments, kudos, and criticism to: theprecinctpress@gmail.com .

I have always heard you cannot con a righteous man. But isn’t there a twinge of greed in all of us?

Weren’t there people who received the initial $600 COVID Relief check angrier that our economy had been stopped than the meager amount of compensation for the interruption?

And of those in disagreement with the closure, did anyone return the payment from the government?

Some situations appear to be a con when true intentions are misinterpreted. I knew a fellow police officer with APD that was walking to his car after working an extra job in uniform in downtown Atlanta when a man abruptly stopped him and said, “You are a gorgeous man, have you ever thought of modeling?”

The officers’ natural suspicions took control and angrily told the man, “Look pal, I’m not your type … now beat it.” The stranger laughed, handed him a business card with instructions to give him a call someday.

A few days later the officer determined the stranger was actually a well-known talent scout. The “gorgeous” officer called the stranger back a week later and has been working in movies and print media ever since, normally cast as a debonair elderly gentleman.

But should our suspicions be aroused about the sudden benevolence from our loving government?

I have a problem with the current round of proposals from our newly elected president that they are wasteful and a poor example of stewardship on the part of power more concerned to curry favor than representing the adult in the room.

The news lately of President Biden wanting to pay off college debt of up to $50,000 came as a surprise. I don’t have college debt because, stupid me, I paid my college tuition off years ago, while working two jobs, out of a sense of obligation.

And then there were the countless car loans, boat loans, personal loans, mortgage loans, credit card balances and promises I made to a church one time to help pay off their construction debt. I took care of all that never thinking manna might fall from Heaven in the form of a check issued by the IRS, at least no time soon. Maybe manna is manna in whatever form it falls?

And I also hear there is an initiative to give all families with youngins $3,600 per child annually, not to mention $1,400 per person in more COVID Virus relief. And if the Feds weren’t gracious enough with public funds, the Georgia state legislature didn’t want to be one-upped and was nice enough to give “every state employee” a cool $1,000 for their efforts during the virus conundrums. My, my … it’s as if these government subsidies will find a well-deserved need around every corner of America.

Is anyone going to honestly say, “Oh no, please, don’t give me that money.” And if they get it for a while, will they miss it when it’s gone?

We’ve always heard: A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.

I am not the only one that was raised if “you” incur a debt, “you” pay it back. You break a borrowed tool, you replace it with a new one. But if I receive a government check, it better come with a self-addressed stamped envelope if they expect me to return it. Momma raised me ugly, not stupid.

The lure of easy money always comes with consequences. Have ours come with believing the con of a crisis well played by a crafty government will change the rules of indebtedness?

W.J. Butcher is a Coweta County resident and retired 26-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department. Send comments, kudos, and criticism to: theprecinctpress@gmail.com .