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EXCERPT: Are You A Moocher? A Checklist

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From "A Nation of Moochers:"


Are you a moocher? Here is a handy checklist:

*Are you over 21 and living at your mother’s house?

*Does the government send you more money than you pay in federal income taxes?

*Have taxpayers bought you breakfast, a car, or a house in the last few years? (Please include tax credits for clunkers, electric cars, and new home purchases.)

*Has the government paid you not to grow something? Have you received “disaster aid” without having suffered any losses from a disaster?

*Do you receive payments from pension funds that are disproportionate to your contributions?

*Do you routinely get something for nothing?

*Do you work for Goldman Sachs, Citibank, AIG, or the government?

*Have you walked away from your mortgage?

*Do you think government has a stash of cash that you are entitled to draw from?

*Are you an able-bodied, childless adult, who spends his/her day playing Guitar Hero, watching “The View,” or surfing the net while your spouse works to support you?

*Do you work for a lobbyist, "public affairs" company, or other corporate group whose job it is to seek privileges, benefits, or pork from government?

*Are you living off or depending on money that will have to be paid back by your children and grandchildren?

If you answered yes to any of the above, the chances are quite good that you are a citizen of moocher nation.

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