Thursday, January 24, 2008

This is where even I concede that Clinton had a point with "Welfare-to-Work"

Fans of "News of the Weird" got to read recently about the girl who got kicked off a bus because her boyfriend had her on a leash.

She's 19, her owner is 25. I can assure you that a 25-year-old* guy who thinks keeping a female "pet" is the thing to do is not MY idea of great dating material. And I'm channelling Ogden Nash+ a bit and wondering what will happen in 15 years or so when this 19-year-old kitten has become a 34-year-old cat with no job skills and an owner who decides he wants a kitten.

But what mostly cheeses me off is the lede buried in the following paragraphs:

Maltby -- who lives on state benefits and got engaged in November -- said her choice of lifestyle might seem unusual but was harmless.

"I am a pet," she told the Daily Mail. "I generally act animal-like and I lead a really easy life. I don't cook or clean and I don't go anywhere without Dani. It might seem strange but it makes us both happy. It's my culture and my choice. It isn't hurting anyone."

Yep. She's a pet on state benefits, a.k.a. welfare.

But don't worry, it's not hurting anyone.


*When will teenage girls learn that when a guy in his twenties/thirties wants to date them, it's because the women that are his age won't have anything to do with him?

+"The trouble with a kitten is THAT Eventually it becomes a CAT" -Ogden Nash


Anonymous said...

I knew a woman who was another woman's "pet." But I believe she was a dog, and she did wear a leash and go around on all fours at times.

But that was a long time ago. Now that same woman goes to Bible study one weeknight a week, is married with kids, and is really, quite evil.

Comrade Kevin said...

A friend of mine who live in Australia was talking about the problems with their welfare system. People milked the system for years and years. She was one of them.

All one had to do is come up with a list of four supposed places they had applied to for jobs and plead their case to a person in a swank, air-conditioned building, and money was deposited in their account. Furthermore, people came up with fake corporations or falsified rent statements to stay on the dole as long as possible. She talked about how she kept the receipt stub of her rent payment on her person at all times.

Still, it is interesting that some of the reforms worked. Someone decided to make an alternative paper like the kind trendy, liberal people would be attracted to, but added a provision that only homeless people were allowed to sell it on street corners, thus getting some income for their labors in the process.

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PG said...

If she gets married and her "owner" has reasonable income, then presumably she'll no longer be eligible for benefits. I'm not really with the Bush Admin. on marriage as the way out of poverty, but it could take her off the welfare rolls at least.