Gut Rumbles

February 23, 2005

don't get me started

If you give a fricking DIME to the United Way, you are pissing your money away. this story is typical of how that agency performs, and I won't even go into the fund-theft for which they are famous.

Read my comment on Jay's post, too. If you think I made that up, just ask catfish about it.


When my daughter was born, she was about 6 weeks early ( 3 pounds 4 ounces). The social worker was visiting the inner city girl in the same room and was explaining all the government handouts she was eligible for. The girl was about 14 and I never saw any father there. Her only visitors were her 30 year old mother and friends who were also pregnant. The social worker then came to my wife and told her that she was eligible for 100 dollars a week for every week my daughter was early under some social security program (600 dollars). I told her to get the fuck out of my wife's room, I take no handouts
from no fucking government programs.I worked hard on two jobs and pay my own health insurance premiums through my employers. I am the father and I am finiancily responsible for my own kid and wife! You should have seen seen the looks on the faces of the do gooding social worker and third generation welfare mooches in the the room. It made my day.

Posted by: Dan on February 23, 2005 10:52 PM

Oh. The United Way drive. That brings back memories. I have worked at places where the 100% participation goal was very important. Lots of rah-rah, big meetings, and that damned thermometer sign at the front gate. Although outright coercion was not permitted, per management decree, it was understood that being a holdout might possibly impact "team spirit" or "plays well with others" at performance review time.

Come to think of it, this is another example of "It's against our policy to do that," being code for "Don't tell me what you did to meet that goal."

Posted by: Ernie G on February 24, 2005 12:24 PM

I donated to the United Way years ago until they started their "Fair Share" program and started telling me what I should donate to them. No More. I also objected to their program of allowing you to donate to the program of your choice, then in the same message telling you what percentage of their take would go to that program.

Posted by: Laurence on February 24, 2005 10:59 PM
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