[Spridgets] Be careful what you post pt II
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Tue Nov 20 19:21:13 MST 2007
Had to break this up into two posts for it to go through. I'm sure you
right wingers will appreciate the extra effort.
Continued from pt I:
A far-right essayist for one of Raleighs most out of touch think tanks
was recently pining for a world where there were no taxes to pay for
government programs and services and described it as a world without
subsidized dependency, bureaucracy, special interest capture,
inefficiency, waste, government-induced poverty, useless functionaries,
and nannies breathing down our necks at every turn.
It would be quite a world, one without public schools, treatment for
people with mental illness, safety inspections at day care centers, etc.
It would be a world where those who choose to be poor would be ignored
and the quality of life for the rest of us would suffer mightily too.
National think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and their market
fundamentalist siblings in North Carolina often claim that poverty is
vastly overstated anyway because many people counted as poor have a VCR
or a DVD player. The Heritage folks havent been shopping lately as DVD
players now sell for as little as $30.00. Buying one cost less than
taking kids to a movie.
But that misses the point anyway. Poverty isnt measured by whether or
not a family cannot afford to rent a movie once in while or buy a used
washing machine to do the laundry. It is a way to designate the bare
minimum a family must earn to meet the most basic needs of food, shelter
This Thanksgiving one in five North Carolina children lives in a family
that does not have enough to meet those basic needs. Thousands more live
just above the federal poverty line but struggle mightily. The Bush
Administration says that 12.9 percent of North Carolina households could
not afford enough food to feed their families at some point last year.
Lets hope folks follow half of the advice from President Bush and
conservative commentators and right wing pundits and do volunteer at
shelters and fill up the shelves at the food banks and soup kitchens.
People need help this holiday season.
But they need it all year round too and they are just as worthy of our
support in May as they are in late November. We can help them with our
charity, but its not enough. They need our voices to reject the calls
to blame poverty on the people who are poor and recommit ourselves to
work for public investments to help families improve their lives.
Poverty isnt a choice. But ignoring the attacks on the poor and
underfunding the public solutions to help them isand many of our
leaders have been making that choice for too long.
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