reply to post by grover
Grover, back a few years, I had the pleasure of knowing some good people, with whom I would have interesting/heated discussions of Ronald Reagan, Rush
Limbaugh, the horrors of Communism and liberals, etc.
One relied on government disability due to mental illness, yet publicly rallied against the evils of "socialistic" government assistance.
Another one was self-employed, raging against liberals and handouts, etc., yet having no problem of government programs, when he found his family
needing medical help.
The first family had nothing to sell!! Criminy, they had to get handouts from churches to keep their children fed and clothed, their subsidized
housing to have beds/furniture. Books to read...they went to the public
library, thus having no books to sell. They had no computer; they had
trouble paying their phone bill, let alone utilities! They had nothing to sell! And no means to
The other family, if they hadn't asked for medical help, would have lost their tiny fixer-upper! Trust me, that house was really a shack, which the
dad would work on when they had the money. Mom made jams (on the stove in the "kitchen", which was really a part of the living room) to sell, but
had to give that up, as it didn't bring in the money, considering the cost of supplies and fuel to get the berries and cook the jam).
Damn, now if McCain had said, for example, let's make small (micro) business loans available to people to start a business (like the jam), I would
have said, great. But then, those kind of loans are what is helping poor people in poor countries, and after all is not needed in this wealthy nation