The Enterprise Blog

via Jonah Goldberg at The Enterprise Blog:

The next morning, in a single-story farmhouse on the edge of town, the son awoke a little before 10, threw on sweat pants, grabbed a bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats and sank into a recliner across the living room from his father.

Tim Cammers, 32, has always lived in the bedroom down the hall from his parents, the one with two “Lord of the Rings” posters still hanging on the wall. He makes $10 an hour working in food prep at a nearby resort, but the bosses cut his hours whenever business is slow. Lately, he has been collecting part of his income through unemployment and spending a lot of time in the recliner, watching news about the federal budget and wondering how politicians expect him to retire on “a bunch of worthless vouchers.”

I have no idea whether the Post was trying to be ironic in its coverage or even if it was trying to make a larger point at all. Still, this is a scene one could easily find in parts of rural Britain during the heyday of the dole. And it’s awfully telling that even a Republican like the elder Cammer thinks that his layabout of a stay-at-home, 32-year-old son is being cheated out of the retirement he deserves because Washington has spent money too irresponsibly.

In fairness, The Post tries to paint the 32 year-old man as a victim with some kind of disability (he had seizures as a kid, and has Attention Deficit Disorder). But the truth comes through.  The younger Cammer has little use for an opportunity society.

In all fairness, society has little use for Cammer the Younger.  If Cammer the Elder wants to coddle him for the rest of his life on his own dime, that’s fine.  Just stop making me keep this clown in sweatpants and breakfast cereal.

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