big picture: if medicare, medicaid and social security are such wonderful programs, then why are all three in such dire need of fixing
why are all three, absent some kinda periclean leadership, quickly on course to kill us
Try again and this time come back with something more than just attacking me.
I have been on sites like this for many years and i have never come up against one person who actually comes out and says they do NOT need evidence to support their claims. Not one. So you are in a class by yourself Turtle.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
remember this one:
barack obama (before he became the slasher hussein) in january, 2010, addressing the consternation in his caucus about the upcoming shellacking they could all see coming, just like 1994---"the big difference between now and 94 is you've got me"
The Big Difference Between 2010 and 1994 Is Me - Political Punch
know the man
they say we all can't pay the rent
before it's earned our money's all been spent
i don't know, my dear, you aint got a pot
but at least i'm sure of all the things that you got
you got me, babe
you got me, babe...
I didn't see anything about convicted or paroled felons hanging in that park, only that able bodied men were hanging there drinking and drugging all day, every day, bringing down property values, making the park uninhabitable for kids to play in, and generally menacing to the community. Then when he sees them again they are paying for food with a program originally meant to go to families with NO male in the house, and only the mother to take care of the children.
Now, I don't know why you injected the criminal aspect into GPS's observations, but I suspect it was to dismiss that these men who fail to get their lazy arses to work are a severe part of the problem we now face.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
obama's weekly saturday address, this morning (what used to be called the president's radio address):
Barack Obama: GOP?s deficit plan ?wrong for America' - MJ Lee - POLITICO.com
his newest emphasis:
1. invest---education, student loans, green stuff and infrastructure
2. the m's
3. tax the rich
4. defense cuts
hollow---we'll comb the budget for savings
empty---we must put aside our differences
spurious---we'll build on the savings we started last week
his details concerning entitlement reform---we'll eliminate waste, we'll increase efficiency
upshot---we're right back where we were, except for the augmentation of partisanship and division
WHERE'S THE PLAN?
after all the histrionics echo away, americans perceive:
2012 campaign bottom line---does america need major entitlement reform?
republicans say yes
barack the slasher says no
seeya at the polls, progressives
but can you appreciate theirs
any chance you or anyone you know has actually offered them a job; offered to help them get into school?
if they came up in the projects, it is quite possible that they believe their income automatically comes to their mailbox on the first week of the month. who have they had around them to model good work ethics. who has shown them that they need to have an employable skill if they want more than that easy check which arrives every month
it is even less likely that anyone was around to model behavior to indicate to them they need to get their asses in a seat at school
those of us who had jobs, who knew how to climb the career ladder usually had someone - often a parent - who served as a mentor to transfer that knowledge and understanding to us. it is not an innate instinct to know how to get a job and be successful. neither is it intuitive to know how to go about getting into school, or acquiring the monies to do so
for a kid from the projects with no one guiding (pushing?) them, that would be a daunting expectation
and in significant degree, because we are without a system which propels the underclass forward, they do only what they know. remain uneducated, unemployed and collect that monthly check. so they have LOTS of idle time. they can spend it in church, and i guarantee that many of those you see are churched, but they still have a LOT of time to spend on the streets (or in your park)
as much as we would want motivation to come from within us, sometimes it must be initiated from the outside. we have generation after generation doing the same thing - without some intervention, why does anyone expect a different outcome?
cutting the few helpful strands from their social safety net to balance our budget will not make things better ... and neither will it balance the budget