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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Bernie Sanders and the Pope Have Great Intentions: But both lose sight of human nature

As one who leans Catholic, I am all for the tremendous work faith-based initiatives do to alleviate poverty through LIFE-CHANGE. But never confuse what charity does for the poor with what politicians do to the poor. Especially on the left. But the right is not innocent by any means!

I agree that the Parable of the Good Samaritan is great to live by. But equally important is the Parable of the Bags of Gold (Matthew 25: 14-30) which speaks of being smart and making wise choices in life as well as the Jude-Christian principal of Reap-Sow or as some call Karma or some call (in the streets) what goes around comes around. It boils down to perpetual handouts or hand-ups with self improvement mandates authored by the Republican party and signed into law by President Clinton.

I believe that the Democrat party (in a macro-sense), who would like to stay in power as much as the Republican Party does, caters to the less fortunate (admittedly for many by the circumstances given, but many by the poor choices made) and make them feel like a victim of society, addict them to "free" (really taxed or borrowed) money, and count on their vote so long as they can keep them down enough to depend on the might tax-dollar. The scariest thing the Democrats face is a real rising middle class who then start paying taxes and after seeing their paycheck say "What the heck!".

That is why I believe the left caters to illegal immigrants. They do not really care for the immigrant, they care about importing poverty who will always vote for a handout. Even at the risk of losing the declining union-vote whose workers are being displaced or wages being suppressed through an influx of cheap labor.

Similarly, the Democrat Party can care less for the single mom on welfare. In fact, they are scared to death (politically) to see a single mom get married, combining resources, and move into a payable tax bracket. Two-parent homes scare the heck out of the left. Why? Marriage alleviates poverty faster and more effectively than any handout could. How? If a single mother gets married, they lose their welfare as they now have a higher household income. And this is where the Republicans should get smart and very-slowly phase out benefits rewarding marriage instead of disincentivizing it. And Reagan was the father of equally destructive no-fault divorce as well!

From the Heritage Foundation
 
To quote George Mason University economist Walter E. Williams (who is African American) and the effects of welfare on minority communities (who Democrats rely heavily on for votes), 
“The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery could not have done, the harshest Jim Crow laws and racism could not have done, namely break up the black family. That is, today, just slightly over 30 percent of black kids live in two parent families. Historically, from 1870s on up to about 1940s, and depending on the city, 75 to 90 percent of black kids lived in two parent families. Illegitimacy rate is 70 percent among blacks where that is unprecedented in our history."
From the Washington Post


This is not to say that there are no wealthy liberals. There are. They usually are liberal for personal reasons; environmentalism, homosexuality, pacifism or were simply raised that way and some of those ideals are good to hold. But when push comes to shove and an election is close, out come the buses to collect the poorest of the poor, buy them a meal, do same day registration (a whole different topic), and vote to put them over the edge. 

Bottom line, once the Democrat party run out of "victims" they run out of the votes they need to cross the finish line in close elections. This is not to say that Republicans are perfect (favoring Corporations over the populist vote) and that the Democrat party of old did not have a part in creating poverty in the black community through Jim Crow. But when do we go from hand-out to hand-up?

To quote Confucius, "Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and you've fed him for a lifetime." And I would add at the risk of turning him into a Republican through empowerment.


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