Quote Of The Week...
“I'm an American Worker and I'm Tired of Getting Screwed”
“Promote the general Welfare -
I didn't just make this up -- it’s in the Preamble to our federal constitution. Why are we so ashamed of this? The founding fathers weren’t, so I can’t figure this out. Canadians speak proudly of their social welfare system, not inflecting a staining intonation of disgrace or embarrassment about it.
Promoting the general welfare means looking after the health of the citizens, seeing they are well fed and clothed, providing for them when they cannot find work, and yes, even paying them to stay home to raise children or to fund their college re-education for a new field. The wealth generated by millions of workers should be enjoyed by those workers, not hoarded by the wealthy to poor down their throats at $499 a bottle while the unemployed starve.
Workers are not supermen, nor should they be expected to be. If they are ignorant and make poor choices, then ask why their education was so poor. If they did not take advantage of their free educations, ask why they did not study harder and discover ways to help students study and learn more effectively. But don’t blame them for not knowing what they don’t already know. That is futile, and you look very silly trying.
Everything in this world is integrally linked together, so there is no point in trying to single out certain individuals or groups to blame. Let’s use our collective brilliance and wisdom to develop new systems of economy and society that will better all of us. But don’t abolish social welfare systems; they are essential to any sustainable systems we devise.
Promote the general welfare, ensure domestic tranquility, and be proud of it, America. Our founding fathers were!”
-- by “halg” as a comment to the article at AlterNet.org, linked above.
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