[PLUG-TALK] Cable modems: rent or buy?

Denis Heidtmann denis.heidtmann at gmail.com
Wed Mar 2 19:02:05 PST 2011

On Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 6:32 PM, Russell Johnson <russ at dimstar.net> wrote:

> On Mar 2, 2011, at 6:22 PM, Denis Heidtmann wrote:
>  If the client believes rum is a high priority item, it's not for the case
> worker to mess with the belief.
> I think we have some difference of opinion.
> I'd say it's a slippery slope that one needs to make their own judgements
> about. As long as the person in question is not doing anything illegal, it's
> up to them to make their own decisions about what to spend money on, even if
> that money comes from the government as assistance. Some programs, like food
> stamps, have limitations placed upon them, but cash is cash, and for that,
> we trust that people will do what they see fit.
> Personally, I would not want it any other way.
> Or we will end up in the world Neal Peart wrote about when he wrote the
> song "Witch Hunt". "Those who know what's best for us must rise and save us
> from ourselves."
> Russell Johnson

If one hires an advisor to help them through some difficulty, he can
reasonably expect to get advice.  But the advice need not be followed.  Why
is it different in this case?  People will do what they see fit, but what
they see fit might be altered by judicious counseling.  Granted, the
relationship between a client and a case worker could be unbalanced; that
needs to addressed, independent of the advice offered.

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