I was feeling a bit lazy this morning. A few aches and pains were nagging at me, so I contemplated skipping today’s workout. Then I turned on the TV, switched to FoxNews and saw an 800 pound woman who is suing the federal government. I was outta here.
The woman is receiving disability payments because she’s so obese that she cannot work. She suing the government because she requested a new apartment that was, er, more suitable to her needs (read: big enough for a woman who is nearly six times the weight of a normal-sized woman)and they didn't get it done fast enough for Her Majesty's liking. Though the government is now modifying her original apartment to suit her disability, she said that she’s still suing them in order to “teach them a lesson.”
Well. I wonder if the Federal government will learn the real lesson.
It’s easy to make fun of and get angry at people like this woman, but lazy scumbags are a fact of life. (Some of them aren’t even morbidly obese or even incredibly lazy.) However, if the government wanted to solve this creature's actual problem (and their own, in this case), the first step would be to recognize that the size of this woman’s apartment isn’t the problem.
It’s the size of the woman that’s the real problem.
The woman is on disability because, with her 800 plus pounds, she simply cannot move. What I wonder is this: instead of subsidizing the modification of her apartment, wouldn’t a long-term solution be better, say, subsidizing a gastric bypass operation? She certainly, er, qualifies weight-wise. Such a solution would also have the benefit of getting her off disability—assuming she has no other disabling conditions--and get her back to work.
If such people must be the beneficiaries of the tax-payers’ largess, is it too much to ask that real solutions to real problems be implemented?
NOTE: If anyone can find the link to this story, please send it to me.
UPDATE: Here's the link to the story. (Darn it, no pic. This one has to be seen to be appreciated.)
She has to call emergency services to be able to go anywhere.
(Ith, you are the best!)