Remember the lottery winner on food stamps?

She’s dead.

Police say a Detroit-area woman who collected welfare benefits despite winning a $735,000 lottery prize has died of a possible drug overdose.

Ecorse police Sgt. Cornelius Herring confirmed that 25-year-old Amanda Clayton was found dead about 9 a.m. Saturday at a home in the community southwest of Detroit.

Another person given money without work hated life so much she killed herself trying to numb herself into a stupor.

What is the moral of the story? You can’t help people by giving them money. It is a counter-intuitive lesson that leftists are unable or unwilling to learn. Happiness is in striving. In fact, struggle and strife are at the center of all lives well lived. When you are given the necessities of life without strife, you become lazy and indolent. You become selfish and lose track of the real sources of happiness.

In fact, failure after great effort is more satisfying and conducive to happiness than success without effort or toil. We exist to strive and it is at the core of our nature to struggle to survive. When that requirement is removed, life loses meaning and happiness is imposible.

How many lottery winners or unjustifiably wealthy celebrities die in this manner? They have fabulous wealth yet they feel the need to dull reality with narcotic induced semi-consciousnesses.

In its effort to give the necessities of life to a growing portion of the citizenry, the government removes the need of people to struggle and strive. In exchange, they impose dependency upon them. In this way, the modern welfare state steals the means of happiness from entire generations. It undermines families and community anchor institutions. It imposes the hopelessness that causes lottery winners to kill themselves with mind altering drugs.

The welfare state is a pusher of despair and America is, increasingly, a nation of junkies.

This is how nations fail.

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13 Responses to Remember the lottery winner on food stamps?

  1. notamobster says:

    Another brilliant explanation of the underpinnings of our failing society.

  2. fubar says:

    >>The welfare state is a pusher of despair and America is, increasingly, a nation of junkies.

    aided by a public sector of educational elites pushing meds onto children. 8 million kids are on ADHD meds and antidepressants.

    depressing, innit?

  3. R.D. Walker says:

    You can’t help people by giving them money.

    This paper examines whether giving large cash transfers to financially distressed people causes them to avoid bankruptcy. A comparison of Florida Lottery winners who randomly received $50,000 to $150,000 to small winners indicates that such transfers only postpone bankruptcy rather than prevent it, a result inconsistent with the negative shock model of bankruptcy. Furthermore, the large winners who subsequently filed for bankruptcy had similar net assets and unsecured debt as small winners. Thus, our findings suggest that skepticism regarding the long-term impact of cash transfers may be warranted.

  4. R.D. Walker says:

    Things that feel good and desirable but might just ruin your life…

    – Whiskey
    – A sedatary lifestyle
    – Porn
    – Drugs
    – Eating 10,000 calories a day
    – Free money from the government

  5. trebor snoyl says:

    “Continued dependence upon Relief induces a moral and spiritual disintegration fundamentally destructive to the National fibre. To dole out Relief in this way is to administer a narcotic…a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.” FDR

  6. Tammie says:

    for many lotto winners, their TRUE nature suddenly emerges…they quit work, buy a huge mansion, several cars, travel – and become extremely selfish. Those born into great wealth become selfish jerks early on. Petra Ecclestone, Paris Hilton, Patricia Kluge…even Mitt Romney are all good examples. Romney looked upon working class and the poor as disgusting, unclean insects. He didn’t give a damn about anything but getting his way. And Americans saw straight through him…that’s why he lost the election. He came across as an arrogant, entitled rich man. Paris Hilton would step eight over a hungry, homeless person on her way to purchase a diamond encrusted collar for her dog.

  7. R.D. Walker says:

    “Romney looked upon working class and the poor as disgusting, unclean insects.”

    Tammie: You might be retarded. Good luck with that.

  8. TN-Cat says:

    You might want to do a little research on who Mitt Romney really was.

    You might realize what a great, generous caring person this country missed out on.

    Search for how Romney refused any family money and was a self made man

    Also, search his charitable contributions once he made himself what he was.

    I don’t blame you for your ignorance Tammie. Your just a product of our lazy culture.

  9. R.D. Walker says:

    I have no doubt that Mitt Romney is the most fundamentally decent man to be a major party nominee in my lifetime. Even including Reagan. He may not have been the perfect candidate, but he is a good man.

    Barack Fucking Obama did a great job convincing the Tammies of the world otherwise, however.

  10. TN-Cat says:

    Yep. Combine lazy, ignorant, gullible and spoiled. What do you get?

    52% of Americans.

  11. notamobster says:

    Tammie, Tammie, Tammie… my friends are too nice.

    First thing, I’m sorry they haven’t found a cure for that extra chromosome, yet. Maybe in time,if enough people like Mitt Romney keep donating to charity. (That’s right, he donated $13 million to charity last year alone!)

    Second, Your mother should have robbed people for her drug money or at least made the men wear a condom. Then, the world wouldn’t be forced to suffer your intolerable stupidity. I feel for those who actually know you.

    Third, I’m feeling particularly intolerant tonight so I’m just gonna say what I really think.

    The mindless fools who, like you, “saw right through Mitt Romney”, are a foul stain on humanity. They – and you – make me long for the solace and comfort (that’s really saying something) of a total economic collapse for no other reason than people like you will starve to death.

    You should have been swallowed behind that dumpster you were conceived on.

  12. Bman says:

    Nota- Tammie would be the perfect name for the protaganist in your upcoming journal.

  13. Notamobster says:

    Good call, bman. Tammie, it is!