BUCKLEY — Rène LaFreniere doesn’t blame the president or any politicians for most problems plaguing the U.S.
LaFreniere, 43, a shop manager at Buckley Auto Tech who also works in sales and marketing, voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election and is not “dissatisfied” with his pick. There are some changes Trump worked toward he approves of, like tax cuts and healthcare reform.
But LaFreniere said it’s important that Trump and lawmakers make their involvement in citizen’s lives as minimal as possible as they look to make future changes.
“I want to work hard, I want to live my life, I want to keep my family safe and I don’t want to be told what to do and have more and more rules to tell me how to do it,” LaFreniere said, sitting behind a desk at his shop. “It just messes things up.”
As more people complain about ongoing issues and point their blame toward Trump and other elected leaders, LaFreniere said those people need to look at themselves instead.
More emphasis needs to be placed on personal responsibility when raising children, he said. Too many parents over the past 15 to 20 years raised their children with too strong a sense of entitlement, prompting people today to feel they deserve things they have done nothing to earn, he said.
This feeling of entitlement is especially evident in the health insurance debate, LaFreniere said.
He is happy to see Trump and political leaders looking to change the “anything but” Affordable Care Act. But LaFreniere is frustrated that many are already complaining about the potential changes, even though not much has been agreed upon.
“I’m sorry, but, in my opinion, why were you ever entitled to healthcare?” he said. “And why is it health care? Why not automotive care? Why isn’t everyone entitled to free automotive care?”
LaFreniere said the feeling of entitlement has essentially “enslaved” and “forced” doctors and medical companies to provide medical care through health care legislation.
To fix the health care system and address other problems, people must be willing to listen to each other and consider all ideas, LaFreniere said. People must be willing to listen to each other and consider all sides if there is any hope to fix the health care system or address other ongoing problems across the nation.
“If everybody would just take a step back, calm down, voice your opinion, but don’t shove it into peoples’ faces, you’re more likely to be heard,” he said. “Right now, that sense of entitlement has spilled into ‘Well, I’m loudest, so I’m right.’ That’s rarely the case.”