September 14, 2011
If you live right, you will never ever meet anyone who lives in poverty. Why worry about the poor if you never have to deal with them? Out of sight, out of mind. Isn't this the reason for gated communities, to keep out the riffraff, the troublemakers, the unproductive? If we don't keep people poor and struggling, how do you keep the US class structure in place, alive and well?
The ultimate gated community will be those Pearly Gates. Imagine the surprised look on the face of the haughty and mighty when St. Peter says there's no room for them as he ushers in all those who suffered poverty and abuse by the rich and powerful, those who could have made a difference and chose not to. The poor will have the last laugh.
Reaction to the Ron Paul "life support" question seems a bit silly to me. It was the audience response suggesting R.P.'s implied answer should be that someone on life support should be allowed to die if s/he doesn't have life insurance. But Rep. Paul wasn't given a chance to answer, at least not in the video clip I saw, and he in fact said "No" at the end. That is the logical answer given Paul is a doctor who likely at one time took a Hippocratic oath, and it wouldn't surprise me if hospitals have policy that critical condition healthcare cannot be withheld.
Wisconsin has truly been a leader in using our poor to create a growing Third World workforce (workfare labor). You gain a special sort of education from being enabled to work, doing routine factory jobs for as little as $1.50 per hour. Granted, this has been a powerful tool for suppressing all workers' wages, crushing unionizing efforts and getting rid of workers' rights and protections, but hey, we sure did get tough on the poor! Get rid of welfare (for the poor) and you get rid of poverty.
Recently my daughter said Americans would not watch children go hungry. The key word seems to be "watch" With 22% of America's children living in poverty, it would seem unlikely that we do not "see."
On backroads throughout Wisconsin there are shacks and rundown farms. These are not the super wealthy who live this way. The rural poor are an important part of our state that is not always cared for. These are real people trying to live real lives. I would guess a Republican't traveling the same backroads would see the fall color and perhaps stop to take a few snaps of a tumble down dwelling without even giving a second thought whose house it may be.