Maybe if folks like Mr. Richards spent less time writing on the Internet and
more time working then they would have enough money to pay the bills. The truth is, many in this country don't have family and churches to give
them handouts. Many must receive aid from the government. Which is fine. We are
a first world country recovering from a deep recession brought on by failed
conservative economic policies. We need to get back to smart capitalism where
CEOs aren't paid 100x as much as the common worker. We need to get back to
an America which didn't see the common worker as a natural resource to
exploit. Lets get back to taxes making sense (why are middle class families
paying a higher percentage than millionaires?) and a defense budget that is
Mike Richards,You are a fortunate man to have such family. I am
glad they care for you.
@One Old Man,From one old man to another, I live what I write about.
For most of my life, I have been blessed to have had more work than
I needed. For most of my life, I was able to help family and extended family
when there was a financial need. For most of my life, I was able to be
charitable to a church which helped those in need.Now, the tables
have turned. I don't have enough work to pay the bills. My siblings,
children, and my wife's family help us pay the bills. Every month, some
angel sends a sizable check to help us out. Our bishop visits with us regularly
to access our situation. We are grateful for his concern, but only in times of
death and medical emergency have we accepted his assistance because the
responsibility for my welfare rests first with me, then with family, and then
with the Church. My welfare needs are not the responsibility of government.
The lessons of life create strong families who care about and assist
each other. Personal welfare is NOT the responsibility of government it is the
responsibility of the individual and his family.
Mike's fantasy world must be a very nice place. Unless you get sick, lose
a job, have a family emergency or other disaster.Then you just
quietly die and don't bother anyone.
Mike Richards,First, I am not sure FDR ever represented that govt.
had all the answers. Even if he did, I certainly did not vote for him.I think your point about healthcare is overreaching. We do not have a single
payer system. Those I know who work in private health insurance are thrilled
with the idea of the new enrollees.I certainly agree that every job
has value. But if it is subsidized (as it is for some programs) the worker is
not, strictly speaking, being paid for the economic value of his work. Yes, govt. is limited to the authorized functions. But I think the process of
authorization has proven more open than your prior posts indicate. And, that
process has been approved by those authorized in the constitution to judge these
Twin Lights,In the 80 years since FDR decided that goverment had all
the answers, what has happened?Instead of 2% of our income going to
SS, now the combined SS and Medicare is 15%. Instead of 0% going to the
government for "health care" what is happening? 18% of our
nation's wealth will be taken out of the hands of the citizens and put into
the hands of politicians who will mix that money with the general fund - not
into healthcare.Every job has a value. All that an honest man can
expect is to be paid the value of the work that he performs. It is not his
employer's fault if the employee is worth less than the employee desires.
There is no "lock" keeping an employee chained to his employer. If he
thinks he is worth more, he is free to get other employment.Government is limited to those duties that the citizens have authorized it to
perform in the various Constitutions (Federal, State and City Charters).
Anything not enumerated is left to the peopleCorrupt politicians
tell ignorant citizens otherwise. That's why so many citizens look to
government to solve their personal problems.
Mike Richards,First, govt. does what we ask it to do as its board of
overseers. It has the solutions we provide.Second, having exactly
zero poor would not eliminate the need for govt.Yes, the poor need
money. But neither in nor out of the church do we typically give the poor money
directly. Rather, we provide goods and services for them. Periodically there
are reform movements in govt. that try new programs or eliminate old ones to try
to get people to not be reliant. We try that at church too. Though we have
more success in the latter, we are never fully successful. Why? Because
poverty is complex. It is the result of poor training and habits, inadequate
family supports, limited opportunities, mental or physical illnesses, etc. (the
list goes on).Yes, a job is a GREAT way to solve the problem for
those who can and should work. Economic growth is our best friend. But not all
can work (unless you count programs where the job is subsidized).
What does government do? It protects itself. It guarantees itself that it will
continue to receive funding. It guarantees that its job is too complex for the
"average" citizen to ever understand.What do the poor need?
By definition, poverty means a lack of money. The poor need money. If
government is allowed to handle the problem, the poor will always be poor,
because "fixing" the problem would eliminate the need for government,
and government will never do anything that diminishes our "need" for
government services.End poverty by hiring the poor. Hire them today
to do what they can do today. Pay them today fair value for their work.
Encourage them to become more valuable by gaining skills, not by adding their
names to more and more government agencies. Let them have the honor of working
their way out of poverty. Let them earn the self-respect that comes from
working. Wringing our hands because government has no solution is
an exercise in futility. If you want to help, hire someone. Provide a job. End
dependence on government.
Agreed! Bring them to the table. If the feds are going to be involved at all
they need to find ways to get the people who are dealing with the problems
involved in the solution. And make the solutions apply at more local levels
only will be even better because then those who work hard with the gov't to
solve it will be rewarded more and this will give good examples and good ideas
to those areas that aren't working out as well.