Bring back the Poorhouse

Some of you are old enough to remember an admonition from your parents to work hard and save a portion of what you earn so that “you don’t wind up in the poorhouse.”   That was a fate worse than death to my father’s generation because it signified abject failure, loss of pride and a complete dependence on welfare, most likely for the remainder of one’s life.

The poorhouse, or more commonly the poor farm, was a place of last resort for those who could not support themselves in the 19th and early 20th century.  Residents were required to work, to the extent they were able, in order to provide for their daily needs.  Accommodations were sparse and pleasures were few.

Most of our parents and grandparents of that era didn’t have big houses or drive fancy cars, but they had good-sized savings accounts.  Why?  When hard times come — and they invariably do — our folks didn’t want to end up in the poorhouse. Continue reading “Bring back the Poorhouse”

Why We’re Losing Traditional Marriage

The relevant question in the gay marriage debate largely goes unanswered:  “How does gay marriage harm traditional marriage and children?”

It is frustrating to see so many pro-family advocates and the attorneys representing them in court completely drop the ball when the answer is relatively simple.

There are only two reasons to marry:  1) to make a vow before God and have the union recognized by the church.  2) to have the union recognized by the government.

Since all major religions condemn homosexuality in the strongest terms, reason # 1 is an attempt to “feel good” at best.

So, why does a couple seek to have their union recognized by the government?  Conversely, why do so many heterosexual couples no longer bother? Continue reading “Why We’re Losing Traditional Marriage”

In an undisclosed location in the White House, unnamed Obama Administration advisors huddle to discuss the impending sequestration.  No official transcript exists because (for the record) this meeting NEVER happened.

The mood was grim.  The hot topic was a statement from Emily Holubowich, a lobbyists who represents a coalition of 3,000 nonprofit groups fighting the cuts, who accidentally spoke the truth to aWashington Post reporter:  “The worst case scenario for us is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens!”

Advisor # 1:  Emily is right.  What if nothing bad happens as a result of the sequester?  The president is going to look like a doofus.  He will be a laughing stock, the brunt of all the jokes on late night TV.

Advisor # 2:  We’ve got to turn up the rhetoric.  Send out Janet Napolitano to say that we will no longer be able to enforce immigration laws.

Advisor # 1:  We already did that, and besides, we’re not enforcing immigration laws now.!

Advisor # 3:  We could not enforce them more.

(Silence)

Advisor # 2:  We can close the Washington Monument and the White House Visitors Center.  That’s never failed in past budget standoffs.

Advisor # 1:  That’s not enough.  The president said there will be real pain and there must be REAL PAIN!  Remember, no pain, no gain for us.

Advisor # 2:  We can tell them TSA agents screening airport passengers will have to be furloughed.  It will mean long lines.

Advisor # 1:  The lines are already long.  Besides, if the agents are forced by time constants to stop groping grannies and toddlers, who is going to complain?

Advisor # 2:  Scare them.  Tell them it means less air traffic controllers.  Airplanes will be flying blind.

Advisor # 1:  Hell, Reagan fired all of them and there was barely a hiccup.

Advisor # 3:  We could limit the number of children who attend Head Start.  When the going gets tough, hide behind poor children.  That always works.

Advisor # 1:  The program is already a disaster.  All the benefits are erased by the third grade.  It might cause further scrutiny of this program and, worse still, it might stir the pot for real education reform and increase the call for vouchers. That will bring the teacher’s union down on us.  No, we’d better drop that.

Advisor # 4:  I know!  Tell the it will cut out school lunches.  Imagine the angst it would create among the nation’s poor parents!

Advisor # 1:  Another boondoggle! We’re spending so much on food stamps and other food assistant programs, folks are wondering why welfare recipients can’t take some of that free food and pack lunches for their kids.  Better not hit that one too hard.

Advisor # 6:  Let’s  stay on the subject of the poor.  We can bring up the weatherization program for low income homes.  Energy Secretary Stephen Chu said it will mean up to 1,000 homes won’t receive free makeovers.  Think of all those people who won’t get new drywall, calking and new appliances.

Advisor # 1:  Yes, but some smart journalist would point out that we could simply  reduce the regulations that are driving up the cost of energy.  Energy costs for the poor (and everyone else) would remain the same and we could save millions by eliminating this program.  Also, that might trigger another discussion about all the money we’ve thrown at failed energy companies like Solyndra.  No, no, that is much too risky.  Let’s not beat that drum.

Advisors # 5:  I know. We can go back to scaring seniors.  They know their Social Security benefits are safe, but if we could tell them there won’t be enough workers to process those checks and they might arrive late . . .

Advisor # 1:  At best we’re only talking about cutting less that one and a half cents on the dollar.  That’s not going to happen unless we order the federal workers who process those checks to go to sleep at their work stations.

Advisors # 2:  Yes, but they already go to sleep at their work stations and it would take an act of Congress to be able to fire even one of them.

Advisor # 4:  An act of Congress, hum.  What if, what if Congress acts in the 11th hour and gives the president “transfer authority”?  You know, gives him the ability to pick and choose where to make those cuts in order to lessen the pain or eliminate it entirely?

Advisor # 1:  That would put the ball squarely in our court.  We’d have to eliminate worthless programs.  We could no longer reward our friends and get away with it. (Cringe) That would be a real disaster!

Advisors 2 – 6:  Agreed!

 

 

Democrats Demand Your Fair Share

I was born into the Democrat Party. When I became old enough to question my family’s political roots, I was told, “Democrats are the party that cares about working people and the poor.” That was good enough for me until I reached the age reason and began to think for myself.

It was all a big lie!

I am not saying that my family deliberately lied to me. It was just that they had accepted the conventional wisdom of the day, which is still hanging around.

“Repeat a lie often enough and it will be believed.” The theory espoused by Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister has been used effectively by politicians of all political stripes but most effectively by Democrats in this country to create a dependent class. Continue reading “Democrats Demand Your Fair Share”

Gutting Welfare Reform: No laughing matter!

There is a new political joke going around.

Question: What is the difference between Romney supporters and  Obama supporters?

Answer: Romney supporters sign the front of their checks.  Obama supporters sign the back of their checks.

It would not be funny, if it were not oh so true.  It is a sad fact that, today, over half of our population is cashing Uncle Sam’s checks.  Some of those people work for the government.  Others live off the government. Continue reading “Gutting Welfare Reform: No laughing matter!”

Where Have All the Workers Gone?

(With apologies to Pete Seeger)

Where have all the workers gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the workers gone?

Long time ago

Where have all the workers gone?

Governments have hid them every one.

When will we ever learn?

When will we ever learn?

What’s wrong with this picture?

For the last three years, under an Obama Administration, the unemployment rate has been stuck in the 8 percent range.  During that time the U.S. population has grown by some 8 million people.  However, the labor force participation rate – the number of people who have jobs or are actively looking for one, compared with the total working-age population  – has now shrunk to 63.8 percent.   That’s the lowest level in 30 years. Continue reading “Where Have All the Workers Gone?”

What’s Wrong with this Picture?

Last week, Fox News reported that asparagus growers in Washington State leave 10 percent of their crop uncut because of a labor shortage. Farmers are said to be losing a combined $200,000 a day.  This is happening in a state where the unemployment rate is almost 11 percent.   What’s wrong with this picture?

Farm wages are either too low, welfare too high or too easily obtained or a wicked combination of all three which has robbed us of our self-reliance, determination, dignity and pride as a people and as a nation. Continue reading “What’s Wrong with this Picture?”