Am not sure why so many of the ignorant of the Top 1% (and the giant parade of 1% wannabes) gloat about “this entitlement society being so sorry”. Poverty, the need for food stamps, disability assistance, social security and/or government assistance, is very rarely (if ever) the fault of those suffering in poverty. Nine times out of ten, the person receiving assistance needs it to live due to physical or mental/emotional and in many cases misdiagnosed or not-yet-diagnosed illness, or a multitude of other legitimate reasons. Most have never gotten proper medical care. Some have gotten state care, which is often “the basics” at best. Under The Affordable Health Care Act, they will get dignity and health, something that is deserved by every single American. A right? You bet it’s a right. So is food. No child should go to bed hungry…ever. Is the system ever abused? Of course it is. But the percentage is so low, it does not warrant shutting off or cutting back such programs.
Ask any economist/scholar. An entitlement society is a natural reaction to bad business, bad business management, bad hiring/firing, cash-hoarding businesses/entrepreneurs – resulting in money staying stagnant in one region, and a million other bad business decisions. People don’t just wake up one day and say “I’m going to be poor and ‘get stuff’ from the government”. More often than not, government assistance is a very last resort, and even then, the recipient has exhausted his/her ideas of how to make their lives work, when everything is gone; and promises of help or hope never arrived.
They more often wake up poor because, generally, they have horrendous business leaders in their cities, and the government was forced to come in and helped. When I say horrendous that can mean anything from insensitive to self-absorbed to lack-of-vision to not understanding that an entire community is an ecosystem, and what happens in the poorest of neighborhoods affects what happens in the wealthiest and vice versa.
When we think entitlements we often think of welfare, food stamps etc. And of course much entitlements go to these programs, and these programs are not bad. A lot of families (including children and babies) do not go to bed hungry because of them.
Around 1930, colleges were going to make it affordable for WW1 Veterans who became homeless but under GOP Herbert Hoover’s administration to go to school. The government promised a 10K bonus to every returning soldier. Not one got a penny.
Local businesses promised to help, but didn’t. They were going broke too, under the government of Hoover who was privatizing everything just as had run his huge business conglomerate similar to Bain Capital which Mitt Romney had run. Colleges said they would lower their prices but couldn’t because business leaders failed them (and they ended up living in villages of cardboard boxes and tree bark called “Hoovervilles” where most of them died before FDR was elected and founded the GI Bill enabling them to go to college).
Many in America were against the GI Bill. They called it “communism”. Do you think of it that way too? I don’t. At ALL. I’m proud of to live in a country that has such a decent program for honorable men and women who served our country. Many of them need food stamps and I salute them. It is their right to eat too. Anyone who would take that away from them should have to walk a mile in their boots in a war zone. They might change their minds.
So if you are against entitlements, you better add the GI Bill to your list of “Evil Socialist Programs” because it is a socialist program. Most capitalistic societies like ours have such bills. Australia, UK, Canada, Israel and other of or top allies. We call them “socialism” in their countries…we call it “The GI Bill in ours”. It’s socialism, and some socialism is very good. No country, including ours is 100% capitalistic in which the government has little or no duties. Hoover tried that and it drove us into the Great Depression within a year of his election.
In other words you really do think like Mitt and his 47% (even if you don’t think you) because without the government and its entitlements, all our returning soldiers would be living in boxes and never step foot on a college campus.
The majority of our military’s pay is so low they have to get food stamps to live; even app. 7% of military officers. And they are giving their all to keep us safe. You, GOP should be a shame. I hope you’re thinking this through long and hard; that is, your alleged hate of those who “feel entitled”. Because most of them are.
Without The Affordable Health Care Act millions of children would be turned away from treatment due to preconditions. Many of their parents are disabled or ill. Many are homeless. There are a million reasons people are in situations they are in (due to fate), and they aren’t “evil” nor is it a “punishment from God”.
In addition, keeping the poor down, or not giving them a hand up, creates a vicious cycle that ends up costing the wealthy much more than helping educate them or create jobs for the poor. We are all creatures of habit.
Though people of all stations in life may get into trouble with the law, drugs, alcohol etc., when the poor do, it often ends up more costly. Why? The poor are more likely to go to jail, due to lack of proper legal counsel than a person of means who can afford a nice rehab and then back to work or training for a new job. And who pays? You do….I do…or our taxes do.
And the cost of housing and feeding a prisoner is about 30 times more costly than a college student. But since you are so into punishment for “just being poor”, it must be worth it to you. You need to look within. That is not the way a civilized advanced society acts. In fact the very opposite.
So isn’t it in our best interest to try to help them become educated? To make sure they have proper health care? And if they can’t work, get enough government assistance to live with dignity? If you don’t think so, it might be time to look within, and know there are people much wealthier than you, who think the same thing about you…and me. And what do you think of those people’s narrow minds? Pretty dumb people, aren’t they? If only they knew how to think things through.
No matter how one may feel about this past Presidential Election, or the wealthy, or the poor, or entitlements, one does not have to have a considerably high IQ to know that the GOP politicos and news talking heads who continue to carry the “It was the way the message was delivered” torch are only fools fooling themselves. It was the message. Many of them are finding that out.
It’s easy to blame Mitt Romney, but I don’t think of any other person who could have delivered their message more effectively. It was a rancid horrendous message that is being used in Iran and it appears now Egypt and several other Middle Eastern countries. It is called a theocracy.
A theocracy will not work in America. Do you think by my thinking or saying that that I am anti-religion or anti-Christianity? Anything but. In fact so pro-religion and Christianity (and any other spiritual path one might choose that works for him/her) that I write this blog. I know that on its own, in a community, helping a community, doing what it does best, a church, synagogue or mosque can be a Godsend to many. It enhances any community.
A lot of people who are not affiliated with a religious community also contribute greatly to our society. When religion becomes legislated it becomes the opposite of what it was meant to be. For that reason, our founding fathers escaped Merry Old England by the skin of their teeth. Did they hate Christianity? No. They simply saw what became of it when it (or any religion) decides to run the government. It becomes very nasty.
I wouldn’t want my religion running government, nor would I even think of inflicting that on anyone. With all its faults, and it has it’s share, it doesn’t need to be muddled with a business as dirty as politics just to give it more power. Neither does yours. Really. Yours is beautiful just as it is. Don’t try to ruin it like the Tea Party came very close to doing; and…may still try again.
Rick London is an author, songwriter, cartoonist and designer living in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas with his Nature/Photographer Wife Lee Hiller-London founder of Hike Our Planet. London launched Londons Times Offbeat Cartoons & Funny Gifts in 1997 and they’ve been Google #1 ranked since 2005 and Bing #1 ranked since 2008. He has 3 books published on Amazon Kindle and One coffee table book at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. He has created 80,000+ licensed gifts & collectibles bearing his cartoon images at LTCartoons.com.