On the Low Income/Welfare tip:
Ya' know... I have always found it interesting that the negative perceptions
that most folk have about "welfare" and the people on welfare, etc... didn't
seem to reach the mainstream fervor that it has until recently (beginning
around the Reagan era I think), with the advent of media attention to what
they termed "the welfare problem".
It was also around that time human beings were dubbed "consumers", and
were given what to think about fellow human beings who were less
fortunate financially, etc...
I say this because I remember watching one of the first talk shows that had
begun to address "the welfare problem", where members of the tv
audience stood up to either berate others who were on welfare, OR began
pseudo-psychoanalyze the possible reasons there could be for people not
having the where-with-all to get better jobs, or do whatever it took, blah,
The guests who had been invited to the show for that topic looked
absolutely stunned at all the hostile comments that were being hurled at
them from the audience members.
Over time this kind of "negative" perception about welfare and it's
recipients seemed to take root and showed up as a hot topic on other talk
shows, news media, and even "watercooler" talk at work. Everyone
seemed to be saying the same thing about "folks on welfare"...
I remember thinking: I wonder if these are people's own thoughts, or are
they just parroting what's being handed to them over the media, because
I had never thought about welfare, or the people on it one way or the
other until that time.
What do I think about it now? Well, what better way to rule people than to
get them pitted against each other. The really interesting thing out of
all of it is the TPTB have managed to reduce the image of a human being
to that of a "consumer", making it sound like a virus, and folk never even
Hmmm...I think I prefer to keep the government and media OUT of my
decision making processes regarding people, places, things, and/or events;
that's what I think about it.
[edit on 10/29/2005 by WalksThroughTime]