The other day I wrote about Duncan Storrar whose pleas on network television for tax cuts when he pays no tax at all garnered an outpouring of leftie luvvie support which at last count was over 60 grand. Nice work if you can get it.

But yesterday The Australian newspaper broke the news that Storrar has a rap sheet that is over twenty pages long.

His rap sheet, which runs to 20 pages, dates from 1992, when he was convicted of multiple counts of intentionally damaging property, possession of a drug of ­dependence and being unlawfully on premises.

Mr Storrar also appeared in Geelong Magistrates Court in 2001, where he was convicted and sentenced to a three-months’ suspended jail term on multiple counts of making threats to kill; unlawful assault; failing to abide by the terms of a community order and breaching an intervention order.

Keep in mind that he has been on a full disability pension for the past ten years for “post-traumatic stress disorder”. Storrar complained on the program that he didn’t have enough money to take his kids to the movies. Now we could speculate that this might have something to do with his drug habits and other problems, but I would venture the case that it is because he does not value the money he has for the simple reason that he hasn’t earned it.

When I worked as a rafting guide, the most difficult customers by far were those who had received a free trip. They were often demanding, rude, and seemingly determined not to have a good time. And it was primarily due to the fact that they hadn’t had to make any form of personal investment in the activity. People who paid the full price were much more inclined to get as much enjoyment as possible out of their day. Having parted with their money they had a personal investment in the outcome.

Welfare works in a similar fashion. If you don’t have to work for your money, if it comes into your bank account every fortnight without any effort on your part, then you will soon begin to believe that you have the right to that money. But more importantly, because you have not earned that money you will have no respect for it. If you have no respect for it then you will squander it. This is the reason why Mr Storrar cannot take his children to the movies.

And because the only way for you to get more is for the government to give you more then your demands will be incessant.

“Why don’t I get it, why do they get it?”

With a rap sheet over twenty pages long I find it very hard to believe that Mr Storrar is deserving of a disability for post-traumatic stress disorder. So not only is he living on welfare there is a fair chance that he is doing it under false pretenses. If a man has no purpose in life then he will lack any form of nobility. Deliberately choosing this under false pretenses can only drive a man further into the ground. But now he has a huge monetary windfall. Will he use this money to turn his life around? To start making choices that have a chance of breaking his welfare habit? I have no doubt that he will not do this. He has not earned that money. It will be squandered.

But the shiftless and irresponsible had a field day of it. They bred babies, they got girls into trouble, they dragged in every worthless relative they had from all over the country, every unmarried pregnant sister, for an extra ‘disability allowance,’ they got more sicknesses than any doctor could disprove, they ruined their clothing, their furniture, their homes—what the hell, ‘the family’ was paying for it! They found more ways of getting in ‘need’ than the rest of us could ever imagine—they developed a special skill for it, which was the only ability they showed.”
Atlas Shrugged. Part 2, Chapter 10.