"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
On the outside, trickling down on the insiders.
We won't live free until the 1% live in fear.
Hey, richboys! Imagine the boot of democracy stomping on your faces, forever.
Blacks, Hispanics and women didn't vote to keep Pres. Obama in the White House because they were promised stuff. They voted for him because they considered Mitt Romney to be out of touch with their struggles. The unemployment rate among Blacks and Hispanics are far higher than it is for Whites. As such, I can understand how White American could come the conclusion that the only reason Blacks voted for Obama was because he was able to convince these demographic groups that if he wasn't re-elected the very federal health care program that is now helping to keep them afloat likely willl likely be taken away. Of course, with all the threats Romney made to repeal ObamaCare on day-1 he steps foot in the White House, I can't blame them for being worried. But here's what most Right-Wing Conservatives still don't get: Not everyone who is on government entitlement programs like Medicaid are on it because they want to be. Most are on it because they have no choice. Think about it...
If they only job you can find is part-time work which we all know doesn't come with private health insurance through your employer, there are only 3 options most people can take:
1) muddle through using the best care you can find (i.e., ER or home remedies).
2) try to fund your own health savings account (which is highly unlikely on a part-time salary).
3) apply for Medicaid (or Medicare for senior citizens or those nearing their golden years w/severe disabilities).
Thats it, folks! There are no other options. So, naturally many Americans did feel threatened by Mitt Romney because for them he represented someone who really didn't understand what they were going through. Had nothing to do with promises.
I'm not saying that there aren't folks on Medicaid or food stamps who have gamed the system and shouldn't be on them. However, a large number of people - Blacks, Whites and Hispanics whether married w/children or single parents - are on Medicaid and food stamps because they have no other choice. A great many of these people are on this program through no fault of their own, and all they're trying to do is weather the storm until they can get back on their feet. I get calls from Alabamians all the time who want to cancel their Medicaid because they found a job and are happy to be rid of it. Some will even relocate out of state to find work (but in some cases the benefits they could gain from TN, GA or FL are higher and that's why they go to neighboring states - happens every day, folks).
I'm not trying to put Romney down or necessarily refute what Bill O'Reily has said (even if I disagree with a large portion of it). I'm just trying to get people who believe O'Reily to sit down and rethink the issue and to stop being so scare that somehow minorities from the White House down are tearing this country apart because if you really think about it, prior to Obama White men ran the White House AND it was their policies that lead this nation to the state it was in pre-Obama. In short, White men made the mess and are now terrified that a Black man has been re-elected to clean it up.
Traditional "white June and Ward Clever" America, get over yourself! Things are changing, but they're not as dire as the Bill O'Reily's and Denise Millers of the world would have you believe.