This past week a well meaning, albeit misinformed youth, posted a link to his facebook page about putting welfare recipients to work instead of just giving them welfare money. “Make them earn it” the message says, “They shouldn’t be allowed to be lazy.” it continues.
I quietly fumed inside.
This past year in my hometown there’s been a loud outcry for something to be done with the homeless population, all of them focus on making homelessness a criminal activity and a scourge on our local society.
I am deeply concerned and saddened.
Over and over the message I hear and see is that being homeless or receiving welfare benefits are a huge crime. They are the ones ruining our nice clean cities. They are the ones abusing the system and taking advantage of our hard earned money.
They are the ones taking the fall for the ills in our society simply because they are right in front of us.
The real perpetrators, the real criminals, and the true manipulators of the system, people like Alan Greenspan and Hank Paulson are the responsible parties. they escape our focus however because they live quietly tucked away, out of sight of the public and certainly not on our everyday radar.
They are the ones however who deliberately allowed the past two economic crisis to occur and led us into the Great Recession. It doesn’t take much reading for any citizen to discover that they are the ones who went out of their way to mutilate the economic system entirely in their own favor. They consciously broke laws. They ignored loud warning signs from economists that the system was going to crash. They are the ones who deceptively invented ways to shift massive amounts of money from the pockets of the middle class to their own offshore bank accounts.
This idea that welfare recipients are ‘milking’ the taxpayer while Wall Street members still receive obscene bonuses.
This concept of blaming the homeless for the degradation of society when it was Wall Street who shuttered our homes and our stores.
This……is one of the greatest social injustices we’ve ever created as Americans.
It is a situation easily remedied though, if we’re willing to take the time. It means being aware and educated. It means addressing problems such as unemployment and de-regulations instead of treating the symptoms such as homelessness. It means electing leaders who are not afraid to let the right people take the fall.
We are a better nation than this, I am sure of it. Let’s act like it kids.
P.S. Keep an eye out for a new website I am launching next week intended to help us be aware and educated as I admonished “Twentyfirstcenturyrevolution”. It’s new information and provides some real focus to our current socioeconomic problems. Here’s to finding solutions.