Preying on both sides of the aisle.
Actress Stacey Dash was a guest of the "Hannity" show on Fox News' and decided to pontificate to all who would listen that all black people in Louisiana government are freeloaders who don't work
. Why would anyone representing any political party make such a statement? Does it really matter that they are black or is it more important that they are simple people trying to survive the best they can? Have they been to Louisiana? Did they take the time to meet the people who are presently on some form of government assistance? Have they created a business and asked anyone if they would like a job or offered to provide a training program to assist someone in getting a job? Do they not consider that being poor crosses all party, cultural and racial lines?
I would think not, because if Stacey Dash or anyone like her did, how could they possibly make such a claim? Have they considered the widows who spent their entire life taking care of their family and raising their children, only to find that social security and government assistant housing may be all they have preventing them from being homeless? Have they considered the veterans who sacrificed so much for their country and are struggling to make ends meet? Have they considered the person who has a disability and can't find a job? Did she consider the young adults who can't find work because jobs were shipped overseas and there are no jobs for their parents, let alone the young adults? Did Stacey Dash consider the person with a terminal illness who has lost everything and is struggling to survive physically and economically?
Once upon a time the United States had a surplus. It was not that long ago, sixteen years. We were doing well, so well that we could afford to have compassion, so well that we could take care of those less fortunate than ourselves, so well that American citizens were employed.
George W. Bush
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Under the guidance of President George W. Bush
it was decided that we were doing so well that it was okay to squander and not protect the surplus. America was doing so well that we did not have to collect a healthy amount of taxes, so well that we could begin to ship jobs overseas, so well that Ponzi schemes could be created without detection, so well that borrowing money was done with abandonment, so well that the people we trusted the most to take care of our foundation for wealth were willing to sell it to the highest bidder, so well that this was their version of national security.
No one screamed at the people who used and abused our system to milk the most money out of it. No one called them free loaders. No one called them moochers. No one called them entitlement mongers.
So, by the time 2008 rolled around, America was in a free fall and what did we do? Did we attack the very people who milked the government of its hard-earned tax payer dollars? Did we attack the companies who sent jobs overseas? Did we attack the political representatives who allowed them to do so? No, we gave them a break, we gave them a safety net and we gave them the opportunity to do better.
Did they do better? Did they create more jobs and open their hearts to the very people who gave them the safety net to stay afloat? No, they did not, and what did the people who were the most powerful and took advantage of that safety net decide to do? They unleashed their anger, their attacks and their upset in the most venomous way upon the most vulnerable, upon the very people who needed the most protection and could not fight back - seniors who had worked their entire lives and paid into a system that was promised to them, and families who lost their homes, jobs and in some cases their life savings. Where are the religious values everyone keeps touting? Isn't compassion the root of all true love in every religion?
There are freeloaders and moochers at every level of society, from the person who takes food stamps and buys beer, to the restaurant owners who hide as much cash as they can to avoid taxes, from the person who will never pay their rent, to the real estate developer who builds a luxury condo and asks for a tax break, from the actress who is fortunate to have fans who supported her career but will not give back, to the recipient of a public assistance check who has no appreciation that someone has worked very hard to give them that support. Yes, there are freeloaders and moochers on both sides of the aisle and then there is everyone else, everyone in the middle.
Isn't it time for everyone to stop focusing on the freeloaders and moochers who have neither the will or desire to contribute to this country and instead focus on working to build America? Isn't it time we listen to people who will go out and interview real people, in real cities, in real homes and listen to what they need and what they suggest? Isn't it time we focus on a future that includes everyone from the very wealthy who create jobs, to the very poor that may never get a break, and stay away from listening to anyone that wishes to incite anger and bigotry?
Isn't it time to stop focusing on the left or the right, because the republicans and the democrats are often two sides of the same coin? Isn't it time to look deeper, to seek out those who just want to be a public servant and give them a chance and vote for them?
The middle has a voice and the best way to share that voice is to participate in the greatest democracy the world has ever seen and vote.