... because after 40 years in the military, getting a pension check means you're a "Taker"
There should not be any stigma, whether it be positive or negative, attach to the word "taker".
Just like anything else, there are good and bad in every category.
If a person has served his/her country for the past 40 years in the military, of course that individual (and his/her spouse) ought to enjoy the fruit of his/her lifelong endeavor.
A check from the gov is insignificant, in the light of the contribution that has been paid forth, in advance.
Now ... we got to be realistic here and admit that there are way too many who have abused the system.
Way too many of them lazy fuckers who just do not have that urge to make themselves better are sucking the gov dry.
We, as the taxpayers, should not bear the cost of paying those lazy fuckers to continue to be lazy fuckers.
Let's be clear - there are some who are down on their luck (I was very poor before, I know the physical and emotional stresses extreme poverty brings) who needs temporary assistance. I have no qualm of giving them a hand.
But we should draw a limit somewhere - and should not continue in paying those who claim they can't find any work a monthly check just because they tell us they can't find a job.
Are there no job or are those people being too choosy ?
There are millions of illegal aliens in America who can find jobs - the claim of there is no job in America just won't fly.
If those who are getting monthly checks from the gov refuse to work, then they should be on their own.
As I said, I had been poor before, so poor that I didn't even have a place to stay in winter (yes, I did spent some winter nights sleeping on a bench in a park) but at least once I got a chance I grab it and no matter how tough/dangerous that job was, how miserable the pay was, as long as the pay could get myself back to the society, I grabbed it.