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post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by jokensmoken View Post

OUR CREED
We the willing
Led by the unknowing
Have been doing the impossible
For the ungrateful
For so long
With so little
We are now qualified to do anything with nothing.

Or


OUR CREED
We the unwilling
Led by the knowing
Have not been doing the possible
For the grateful
For not long
With so much
We are now unqualified to do nothing with anything.

 

-Kurt

post #22 of 28

LOL 

post #23 of 28

:pot:

post #24 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jokensmoken View Post

OUR CREED
We the willing
Led by the unknowing
Have been doing the impossible
For the ungrateful
For so long
With so little
We are now qualified to do anything with nothing.

Excellent. You must have worked at some government job...:biggrin:

post #25 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr K View Post
 

Or


OUR CREED
We the unwilling
Led by the knowing
Have not been doing the possible
For the grateful
For not long
With so much
We are now unqualified to do nothing with anything.

 

-Kurt

Kurt, you just took a poem extolling the positive aspects of incompetency and converted it into a poem which, to me, is lamenting being unemployed, something I know all too well. I am unqualified to do nothing with anything, which means that I'm qualified to do something with anything. But this offer is subject to change at any time. 

post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by daRicksta View Post

Kurt, you just took a poem extolling the positive aspects of incompetency and converted it into a poem which, to me, is lamenting being unemployed, something I know all too well. I am unqualified to do nothing with anything, which means that I'm qualified to do something with anything. But this offer is subject to change at any time. 
I guess the first half of the poem with changes in red does sound like someone that is manipulating the welfare or assistance program. I'm not even sure what it's called when one works harder to get something for nothing instead of getting work.
-Kurt
post #27 of 28
Nah, fabrication...someone always wanting something rideculously difficult and time consuming then whining about the cost or acting as it was nothing special...
Hated pouring my skills into a project only to have the customer be unappreciative.
post #28 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Dr K View Post


I guess the first half of the poem with changes in red does sound like someone that is manipulating the welfare or assistance program. I'm not even sure what it's called when one works harder to get something for nothing instead of getting work.
-Kurt

Kurt, after all our years in the business together you barely know me. But then I barely know you so we're square on that. I am plagued with a mind that when it reads or hears something it immediately thinks, "What can I do with that?" I'm surprised that my wife and I are about to celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary because for 31 years she has generously but unintentionally provided me with joke punchlines. Sometimes people will say a word or a phrase that I word backwards into a joke. Yes, it's both a gift and a curse, depending on present company. When I saw how you phrased your changes in the poem, especially that one phrase with the double negative, the unemployment idea thing came to mind. So it had a slightly serious base while just engaging in wordplay at the same time. Hey, you started it...

 

But to answer you last question, I used to be a welfare worker, and believe me, no one works hard to get that monthly government pittance. Would you ever be able to raise a family of 3 on anywhere from $170-650 a month (roughly calculated, depending on the individual state)? There are welfare families who somehow manage to survive on the joke of a cash grant while there are also parents with hidden, under the table income. But don't ever fall into the trap of thinking that someone on welfare is working harder to remain on it than they are looking for work. That has never been true. The vast majority of families living on welfare are living nightmare lives living in poverty in housing that feral cats wouldn't give birth to litters in, let alone enter the neighborhood without a police dog escort. 

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