Jul 22, 2008
In a nation where 77% of it's citizens claim to be christian, we don't do a very good job of being Christ like. I had always wondered why so many churches sent people out of the country to build houses for the poor and when I asked this one little girl (about 20) years ago why she didn't stay here and build houses for the poor she looked at me like I was stupid and said, "Jan, everybody knows that if you are poor in America you are just lazy". OMG I wanted to shake some sense into her, and when I asked her how she came to that conclusion she said her minister told her that!!!!!!! I think people use that excuse to justify not taking care of those who are suffering.
My husband and I have always worked hard and supported ourselves and our children. We could hardly be classified as lazy, but he has lost his job through no fault of his own, and I lost mine by email. Yep that's right the email said, "We are very sorry for your unfortunate circumstances and we do wish you well, but we hired you for your brain and since we no longer have access to it we can no longer carry you on the payroll." We are going through everything we have saved just to pay outrageous ins premiums and I don't know how long we can keep that up. We were paying 450 a month for family coverage when he was working, and now we are paying over 1800. I don't know how people who work at McDonalds and such pay for ins even with a company plan. The amt we were paying would be two weeks salary for someone working a minimum wage job. What are they supposed to live on? I saw an interview where they were talking about forcing people to buy ins, and this guy said that he should not have to pay for people who CHOOSE not to have ins. HELLO!!!!!!!! CHOOSE, is he crazy? It isn't much of a choice. Um lets see, Rock or Hard place for 200 Alex.
I saw some people in Canada being interviewed about their health care system (and these were people with money), and they could not understand how americans could be so cold and callous. They ALL said it could just as easily be them that fell on hard times and then they would need the help so they are happy to help support a system that they might actually need some day.
The prevailing attitude here is, I got mine, you get yours. It really kills me when politicians invoke the name of God in one breath and in another allocate trillions of dollars to kill people, while slashing the budget for health care, education etc. Everybody thought that Medicare part d or whatever for prescription drugs was going to help old people, but the only people it helped were the ins companies. Our country doesn't care about us. We are all expendable. Until we start placing a higher value on human life than the corporate bottom line, things will never change.
Here are some lovely bushisms.
"You work three jobs? … Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." —President George W. Bush, to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005 Why didn't he just slap her in the face while he was at it. No one should have to work 3 jobs to support their family. That woman was hardly lazy and she was still having trouble making ends meet. All of her employers made sure she was part time so they didn't have to pay for ins coverage.
"First, let me make it very clear, poor people aren't necessarily killers. Just because you happen to be not rich doesn't mean you're willing to kill." —President George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 19, 2003 On recruitment in the military.
"You're working hard to put food on your family." —Presidential candidate George W. Bush, Nashua, N.H., Jan. 27, 2000
"Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream." —Presidential candidate George W. Bush, LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000
"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." —President George W. Bush, Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004
"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." —President George W. Bush, Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005
"Then you wake up at the high school level and find out that the illiteracy level of our children are appalling." —President George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2004 Okay it doesn't have anything to do with poor people but ya gotta love it.
When aides finally briefed the President on the existence of the poor, the President was reportedly quite surprised to discover that some people do not own cars and are often forced to take public transportation, or even to walk or ride bicycles to get places.
"These poor people must be very fit," the President said.
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." —President George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004 It is about the only thing he has ever said that I believe.