Do you people realize that, in this world, and specifically in this country, there are all sorts of people.
- There are genius people that use their brain to make something of themselves.
- There are smart people that use their resourcefulness to earn a modest living.
- There are somewhat bright people that find a way to barely scrape by, or get dealt a bad hand in life.
- There are stupid people that have the smarts to succeed, but are too lazy to do anything.
And so on...
Point being, there are more types of people than we can imagine, and more scenarios and life situations than we will ever encounter in a lifetime.
Many of these types of people are physically or mentally incapable to care for themselves. For one reason or another, they will never amount to
anything, and will spend most of their lives barely "surviving." Many times the circumstances are tragic. And yes, sometimes the circumstances are
self-imposed. That's just the truth.
For those of you that blindly bash "redistribution of wealth" with the same vitriol that might as well have you invoke the term "Communism,"
explain to me where our humanity and compassion has gone when we refuse to take care of one another?
Do we have social programs that are corrupt? Absolutely. But are you telling me that, because some boneheaded politicians can't keep their hands out
of the coffers, that we can't fix these programs in a way that makes fraud or corruption negligable? It's not that we can't make social programs
work effectively, it's that we don't want to, and we use the "redistribution of wealth" argument to make the point; to scare people.
What would you have happen to those less fortunate and without the requisite qualities or means to be a Doctor, Lawyer, Businessowner? To the family
that legitimately uses Welfare or Medicare? You would remove the only things that keep them alive, clothed, and fed? All because you are afraid of
some boogyman called "redistribution of wealth?" We are not all the same, and as cute as it is to say the contrary, we are not all capable of
achieving great things, be it circumstances or choice. That's just the truth.
Spare me your stories of walking for miles to get to class, with no shoes, while holding down 5 jobs, etc, etc, etc. It's all commendable. I worked
hard too. But we are not all WIRED the same. Motivation, Determination, Leadership, Resourcefullness... These are things you're born with or taught,
and if you're not born with it or taught it, then how would you EVER know how to do it?
You're telling me that the "shining city on the hill," the most successful civilization of all time, can't clothe, feed, and cure its people? That
we can't devise a system of government that encourages and supports the rich getting richer AS WELL AS the poor getting richer as well? That we
can't fix our existing social programs? That we can't devise NEW social programs that are effective, efficient, and pay for themselves? That we
can't freaken get our homeless off the streets and into meaningful lives? Of course we can!
But we won't... It's not as profitable.
Until we wise up and hold our representatives accountable for their actions, and for actually getting some of these things done, nothing will change.
But the minute it becomes the new fad to vote your Congressman the heck outa dodge the second he goes back on his promises, the second he holds a
meeting with a lobbyist, the second he votes down a party line regardless of the will of his constituents, or the second he gives some ridiculous
justification for some corrupt action.
In summary, don't fear "redistribution of wealth." Fear the people that tell you to fear it, because where there's smoke, there's fire, and most
often they're just protecting something... Like their own money.
[edit on 29-10-2008 by tommy_boy]