Sympathy Where Non Is Due

iNathaniel Abraham is in the news again. Really in the news. Headlines almost every day. Convicted of murder at eleven years of age, he now has been released at age 21 and is, as far as anyone knows, trying to straighten out his life. The State has a new pilot program designed for older foster care youths. Under it, Abraham would be given two years of free rent and up to four years of college tuition. Huh? Backpeddlaling, they now say they only offered him $1200 for his first months rent on an apartment in Saginaw and some personal items he may need.

This report should be on “What Were You Thinking?” There are many young individuals who are far more deserving of the State’s generousity. They live below the poverty level. They help support a single parent family by working two or even three jobs. They serve their country. They make positive contributions to their neighborhoods. To come to the point, Nathaniel Abraham got his big break by being allowed to live out his life in freedom when he was released on January 18th.

You and I are afraid to make an illegal left hand turn. There are those out there that would kill you over a bowl of chili and now the taxpayer is supposed to reward them with grants to help them re-enter society? Get a job and along the way you will earn a life worth living. Oh yea, I forgot, it will be very difficult. Unfortunately, they don’t think about that before they pulled the trigger.

What really grinds me is that the media and others try to put the blame for what criminals do on us. It’s somehow our fault that our prisons are full. They didn’t get the breaks in life that others have in order to succeed. Hey, I have enough baggage to carry around with me, I don’t need to, nor will I, feel sorry for thieves, rapists, murderers and the like who spend most of their lives under incarceration.

4 Comments so far

  1. max (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

    and after a lot of discussion Oprah (!) convinced him to apologize to the victim’s family?!

  2. Tom (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2007 @ 3:09 pm

    Cut the kid a little slack. He paid his debt to society and the state is at least trying to set this kid on the right track so he doesn’t screw around again.

    Besides, it’s not like the state doesn’t help/pay for millions of other college kid’s tuition and room & board (like mine when I was at MSU).

    If I’m entitled to get financial assistance at college, why isn’t Nathaniel? He paid his debt and as far as the law is concerned, he’s cleared his name.

  3. max (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

    maybe the state should offer tuition help to those that can’t afford it but actually ask/apply for it. and maybe give special consideration to those that have applied and haven’t killed any of their peers. if poor Nataniel wants to take a few classes maybe he can pawn his fur coat.

  4. Mollika* (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 12:46 pm

    I’m with you on this. Tax-payers already fed him, clothed him, and sheltered him all these years. It is gut-wrenching to hear that someone who has killed is getting state help to get through school. I would love to see him suffer further and take out some student loans and see how much fun it is to pay them back six months after graduation in this horrible economy.

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