Thursday, November 04, 2010

Mid Term Elections

I'm not really sure of the origins of the myth that Republicans are more religious (spiritual) and less corrupt than Democrats.  Watergate.  Do I need to say more?  Because anyone who is paying attention knows that there are seedy, corrupt and irreligious people on either camp.  It's the nature of politics, I am afraid.  There are really good guys on both sides as well.  People are, in the final analysis, just people.

I'm in favor of ending corruption and I don't mind tax cuts, but my family and I belong to several "Special Interest Groups" and I'm afraid we have just become expendable.  People with disabilities, public school teachers, home healthcare workers and (Please God) we are about to become members of the "Special Interest Group" called Cancer Survivors - we are some of the people that make considerably less than President O'Bama's often referenced $250,000 a year cut off.  (I guess if you make more than $250K you are in the "wealthy" camp.)  We are the people who need affordable healthcare without pre-existing condition clauses or penalties and a roof over our heads and food on the table.

People don't become wealthy on merit.  They become wealthy because of luck.  For every "self-made" billionaire, there are about a billion others who work as hard, are just as smart and are teachers or musicians or factory workers.  On top of that, there is the added factor of class.  If you are born into a family that has wealth and it is assumed that you will go to college, you will probably wind up making more money than someone else whose family has different expectations.  That also has nothing to do with merit.  This has been true since Mark Twain wrote "Puddin' Head Wilson" and probably true since the feudal system gave way to the market-based economy.  I heard a guy on TV say that birth order has a lot to do with whether or not you succeed.  There are so MANY factors.  Very little of financial success has to do with personal merit.  This is why I believe wealth and privilege SHOULD also include responsibility.  Wealthy people owe a debt of gratitude to the culture that allowed them to become wealthy.

Well, I think everyone should feel gratitude and responsibility toward their community.

Illinois has one of the highest per capita incomes and one of the highest tax rates and yet we do not have enough money to support schools, fire fighters, police officers, bus drivers, etc.  We do not have enough money to give everyone with a disability aid.  It is handed out grudgingly by a kind of lottery system and mostly on an emergency basis.

A government which balances it's budget on the backs of the most helpless and the least funded has lost all credibility and can no longer claim to be "democratic" or "humane" or "of the people".  I didn't know how to vote this year.  The Republican agenda seems to be to cut back on services to people like us, so why would I vote for them?  And yet, the Democrats promise to fight for our needs, but seem to be impotent.

I'm not that confident that John Boehner and his other Republican politicians really hear my voice any more than the Democrats.  Do they know people like us even exist?

No comments:

Post a Comment