And yet the calls of "are there no debtors prisons" and "what about
the work camps" still ring out among the better off members of our current
society. The lessons of this Dickens story would be well learned in the USA of
2013, just as well as in 19th century England. The worlds' richest nation
(in each case) with a few extremely rich people living a life of luxury and the
masses living as peasants or serfs. Oft times in both eras, the rich
weren't the ones who created the wealth, but rather the sons and daughters
of the creators, lucky ones who inherited more money than they could ever spend.
As per usual there are comments on this very opinion piece that show a lack of
basic compassion and empathy and equate poverty with laziness and sloth. It
seems that a good Christian understanding of poverty, its causes and its effects
is beyond many peoples comprehension. There are many in contemporary Utah who
would throw the poor into debtors prison happily. Seems the message missed by a
Cool HeadedSandy, UTBob Cratchet was not looking for a free
hand-out, he "worked" for his money, Bob Cratchet
"made" Scrooge his wealth, and Scrooge took advantage of him and
exploited him and his family, making himself even more wealthy in the
process.Read the book, Watch the play, Scrooge
only bought the Cratchets a Christmas turkey and some knick knacks -- ANDHe gave Bob time off for holidays, gave him a minimum RAISE,
and provided healthcare for his employee.If Corporations
[Scrooges in this metaphor] would do the same, we wouldn't need the
Government requiring mandates for them to do so.
Of course a liberal's definition of generosity, Christmas or otherwise,
always starts and ends with some other person's money, and their definition
of "needy" almost always encompasses their own situation in one fashion
Great article, but apparently it falls on deaf ears in the redest of the red
QuickRickBrigham City, UTI guess I read a different version of
Dickens' story than the author did. After Scrooge's experiences with
the various ghosts, his reaction wasn't to demand that government raise
taxes so that "Society" could take care of the poor. He what he could
himself.12:58 p.m. Dec. 23, 2013========= You mean you didn't get the part that the rich business owner [Scrooge]
turned "liberal" and learned to gave their poor employees a raise, so
that we didn't to call on the Government to rip it from their cold, greedy
fingers?In America, the 99% Bob Cratchet's have a
vote.the 1% Scrooges need to opened the purse strings before the Ghosts of
Future present show up in the form of Revolutions.
I guess I read a different version of Dickens' story than the author did.
After Scrooge's experiences with the various ghosts, his reaction
wasn't to demand that government raise taxes so that "Society"
could take care of the poor. He what he could himself.
WOW! Please run for President.
Wowzers!Amen![I suppose my Christmas surprise came 2 days
early. The Deseret News finally printed a "Liberal" article.