Besides the one I wrote about here, another one of D.J.’s posts keeps showing up in My Comments.
1. Give an immediate $250 to ‘workers and their families’.
2. Give an immediate $250 to seniors for whatever reason.
3. Give another $250 to ‘workers and seniors’ if the economy worsens.
4. Give money to (aka Provide relief for) homeowners hit by the housing crisis.
5. Create a $10 billion foreclosure fund for irresponsible homeowners.
6. Create an mortgage interest credit (negative tax) only for ‘low-income’ workers.
7. Ensure freedom to unionize (form unions)
8. Provide UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE COVERAGE by providing the ‘average’ family a $2500 reduction in premiums.
9. Make college ‘affordable’ by providing $4000 tax credit (read ‘tax redistribution’)
10. Tackle ‘concentrated poverty’ in America.
11. Increase the supply of affordable housing (read Government housing)
12. Give every American a $1000 personal check for his/her vote in November. (OK, I made the last one up, but it sure fits the pattern!)
I’m not going to argue whether or not this is a socialist agenda; I don’t want to explain socialism to yet another ignorant fool. No, what I take issue with is this:
Socialism takes from the real working class, gives to the lazy class and creates dependence on Uncle Sam.
First, let’s talk about this “lazy class” — the people who qualify for the programs listed above. The group that D.J. so callously refers to as “the lazy class” largely consists of people busting their asses for low wages and no benefits while being devalued by the people whose lives they make easier and more comfortable through their labor.
They are domestic workers, food service workers, mechanics, childcare workers, garbage collectors, custodians, construction workers, cashiers; they bag groceries, sweep the parking lots, mow the lawns, pave the highways, wash dishes, clean other people’s urine, feces and vomit, launder, press and starch those crisp, white collars. And the list goes on.
Seems to me that the people doing the most back-breaking work in America are the “real working class”, and yet they are referred to as “the lazy class”. Why? Because they qualify for government assistance to keep their homes, buy food, and receive medical treatment for themselves and their children? Let’s talk about that next, shall we?
Why do the members of this so-called lazy class qualify for these programs? Because of their income. Who determines their income? The fat cats that they work for.
I’m sure these low-income employees would gladly accept pay raises that would improve their standard of living. But many of these employers routinely pay very low wages. Not only that, but it’s common practice for them to offer company health insurance and a variety of other benefits to full-time employees who work a minimum of 30 or 35 hours per week, but only allow employees to work a maximum of 29 or 34 hours per week, which disqualifies them from receiving any company benefits by one hour per week.
Who is responsible for so many low-income workers qualifying for the public assistance that D.J. is complaining about? The very people whose fat wallets he wants to protect, that’s who!
Because, after all, America was founded on capitalism. Well, there’s your capitalism, D.J. — corporate pigs capitalizing on other people’s hard work (the ones you call the lazy class!) and giving them, in many cases, only what the law requires — a minimum wage that barely gets them to and from their back-breaking jobs every day.
But let’s not stop at devaluing the real working class by calling them lazy and begrudging them food, shelter and medical treatment. Let’s add insult to injury by refusing to allow them to unionize. Never mind the fact that unionizing would also guarantee better wages and benefits which would take them off public assistance, the very thing that D.J. decries the loudest in this particular post. Instead, let’s keep them down and kick them while they’re there.
Let’s make sure they stay at the mercy of the very people who refuse to pay them decent wages and deliberately insure that they are never entitled to receive company benefits/health insurance. Let’s do away with public assistance programs that would make up for what their fat cat employers refuse to give them in exchange for their invaluable services. And, by all means, let’s cheer these heartless bastards on while they sit in the comfort of their nice quiet, clean, air-conditioned offices, goofing off on their personal blogs all day and calling other people lazy — the very people who built and clean their offices, repair and maintain the vehicles they drive to them, prepare and deliver the food they eat for lunch and take care of their children for barely over minimum wage, while they themselves earn a six figure salary, no less.
I want to work, become independently wealthy on my own and be left alone by Uncle Sam, don’t you?
I’m sure everyone would like that, D.J. Contrary to what you and your ilk seem to think, most people don’t choose poverty. And as nice as independent wealth may sound, a huge percentage of the people in the United States would be happy just to receive company health insurance and earn a salary that didn’t qualify them for food stamps.
Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On