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Thursday, April 13, 2006

BSU girl finds $30,000 and gives to rightful owner

i wrote this for a political publication and once it is published, i may have to take it down. don't tell them.
Trista Wright was ripping sheetrock from a moldy closet in New Orleans on her spring break when she discovered $30,000 in cash. She was there with her Baptist Collegiate Ministries group from Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah, Georgia. The owner of the home, who wished to remain anonymous, had inherited it from her parents who grew up during the depression and didn’t trust the banks.

It would seem that Trista’s actions are dwarfed in terms of dollars in comparison to the Government relief efforts but that is to ignore the extent of her sacrifice. Trista’s gift was immeasurably greater than any action of FEMA or the government towards hurricane victims that might be called “charity”.

Trista’s efforts were given of herself. Her benevolence came at her own expense; the government must steal from one person to support any “charitable” project towards another. In fact, some of the money that will be given to Katrina victim was stolen from them through taxation in the first place. Nearly all of the government’s money is ill gotten and carries the taint of stolen goods.

Her work was the sweat of her own brow and it’s likely that accommodations were rather limited during her stay. Construction work or gutting destroyed buildings is probably not something that she would ever consider doing as a job. Working in such an area, one has to consider that there may be some danger of mold inhalation or building collapse. The government has no equivalent sacrifice.

{Trista Wright and Haley Barton}

We don’t know, but as a college student, it is likely that she has no house of her own and that most of the jobs she has had haven’t paid very well. Yet she is helping someone else rebuild their home. In contrast, the government is guaranteed a massive income without any labor and frequently wastes billions of dollars and any aid to Katrina victims is a drop in the bucket of its overall financial position.

She was there during spring break, a time most college students would be enjoying themselves at the beach and one of the most cherished times of a person’s life (the several spring breaks in college). The government can make no parallel sacrifice.

It’s also significant that Trista, there with her Church group, found the money and not a government agent or looter. (If the two may be distinguished.)

It’s ironic that the Father and Mother of the owner did not trust the banks when in fact it is the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Government that they should not have trusted. Trista recounted that at first she thought it was monopoly money; this is not far from the truth. $30,000 earned and saved around 1940 would be over $425,000 in 2006 dollars due to government inflation of the currency. Think of this as a person hiding $425,000 and returning to find only $30,000 remaining. Even though this money was hidden so well that no one new it existed, the government stole 93% of it and it will never be returned.

{our silly inflated monopoly money(I made this)}

At the time of the discovery, the owner of the house was having some medical tests done and was very anxious about the results, perhaps the money will aid in paying a few medical bills.

{what money is supposed to be, beautiful and commodity backed}

When asked about the alternative of keeping the money, Trista said, “I would have regretted it. Nothing good would have come of it.” She knew that this money was not hers, it belonged to someone else and she had no right to it. Any gain from this money would also be ill-gotten. Yet the government had no qualms over some half a century about continuously plundering this and the hard earned savings of Americans as well as many foreigners desperate for stability.

At first the $30,000 seems like a lot of money but it is insignificant when compared to its original value. The true value in this story is not a few pennies on the dollar left over but the lessons of ownership, morality, and sacrifice taught to us by Trista Wright.

How striking that one young lady could be infinitely greater in so many ways than the actions of a behemoth government!

5 Comments:

Blogger sajini said...

Good girls!!!

Fri Apr 14, 12:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger iconoclasm said...

Aren't Baptist girls great?

Fri Apr 14, 01:26:00 PM PDT  
Blogger sajini said...

umm.. sure!!!

Fri Apr 14, 07:43:00 PM PDT  
Blogger iconoclasm said...

Yes saji, presby girls are great too.

What did you think of the article?

Fri Apr 14, 09:28:00 PM PDT  
Blogger sajini said...

umm im not prebsy!!! umm i think the article is good.. I dontk now on what context of the article you want me to comment on. also its around 12 here.. :).. too late to think

Sat Apr 15, 08:39:00 PM PDT  

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