Welfare for the poor, subsidies for the rich

Welfare for poor, Subsidy for rich

Welfare for poor, Subsidy for rich

There are two sides to a coin, according to a popular cliche.  In fact, there are at least three sides to a coin.  Welfare is the assistance provided by the government so that the poor can try to maintain a minimal level of dignity in their lives.  There are proponents and opponents of the welfare, like two sides of the coin.  The third side of the coin represents the reality of the welfare system.   If the only flaw in the current welfare system is that is pays more than minimum wage does, then there is no flaw in it.   Who might step up to make the welfare system perfect; the Democrats or the Republicans?  Neither.  The status quo of the welfare system will be maintained and this issue will be used in political theatrics.  It was Voltaire who said that for a few to be rich, a lot have to be poor.

On August 28, 2013, Marc Kotora, a resident of Solon released the following statement titled, Welfare instead of work, through http://www.19actionnews.com/story/23281165/editorial-response-marc-kotora-welfare-instead-of-work:

I’m Marc Kotora, an owner of Gallucci’s Italian Foods a small business in Cleveland, Ohio.

Today’s welfare system is in direct opposition to the American principles of independence, hard work, and self-reliance.

Studies done by the CATO Institute have shown that in 35 states, including Ohio, welfare benefits pay more than a minimum wage job. The result is that people are paid more not to work than they would earn at an entry level job. This is not to suggest that welfare recipients are lazy; but they are not stupid either.  If welfare pays more than an entry level job, why work?

Yet we know that many an entry level job has been the introduction to a successful career. Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas started out flipping burgers. Our present welfare system is broken in principle and crippled in practice.  America has prospered because of the independence, diligence, and determination of its people.

Let us not permit a broken welfare system to turn the American dream into the American nightmare.

Thank you.

The other side of the coin is represented by the view of Mansfield Frazier in an article titled, Who’s Your Daddy, which first appeared at http://www.coolcleveland.com/blog/2013/09/mansfield-whos-your-daddy/

You might have seen this citizen’s Channel 19 editorial; it starts like this: “I’m  Marc Kotora, an owner of Gallucci’s Italian Foods – a small business in  Cleveland, Ohio. Today’s welfare system is in direct opposition to the  American principles of independence, hard work, and self-reliance.”

All I can say is what a crock of shit — independence, hard work, and self-reliance — coming from the grandson of the founder of the small business he  references. This cluck was born on third-base with a silver spoon in his  mouth, and now swears he’s hit a homerun as he heads for home plate …  and hopefully a seat on City Council in Solon.

Left to make his own way in the world, he’d probably  be standing behind one of those ubiquitous hot dog carts you see all  over town. But hey, he was slick enough to snooker the folks at Channel  19 and get some free name recognition for his political ambitions … so  he can’t be all that stupid. Or, it could be that he knows  someone at the station and they’re providing him with some free face  time and name recognition. I wonder if his opponent will be given the  same break.

What Marc and others of his ilk conveniently overlook is that the need for the bloated “welfare system” he references (which  are coded, dog whistle words to denote lazy minorities) is due in large  part to those good ‘ol “American principles” of discrimination and  bigotry.

Or, put another way, “last hired and first fired” (if  hired at all). But I’m just making this shit up, right Marc? Never  happens in this country; we blacks just want something to complain about  because we’re too lazy and shiftless to work. Sure, Marc, sure.

He continues, “Studies done by the CATO Institute [those fine folks who are to the right of Attila the Hun] have shown  that in 35 states, including Ohio, welfare benefits pay more than a  minimum wage job. The result is that people are paid more not to work  than they would earn at an entry-level job. This is not to suggest that  welfare recipients are lazy; but they are not stupid either.  If  welfare pays more than an entry-level job, why work?”

What this disingenuous twerp fails to mention is that  if the folks on welfare take that low-wage job they’ll lose their  healthcare benefits for themselves and their children. But since Marc is  no doubt against universal healthcare in the first place (and probably  has a great plan for himself and his family), what does that matter?

In Marc’s world, if you’re too poor to afford  healthcare, then just die; those on the right simply call it “thinning  the herd.” They’ve got theirs, so screw you.

If welfare pays more than minimum wage as Marc posits,  the problem isn’t with welfare; the problem is that the minimum wage in  America is so scandalously, shamefully — virtually criminally — low.  Duhhh. And if the term “welfare” bothers you so much Marc, maybe we can  do what Wall Street and corporate titans do: Call it a “subsidy.” Now,  doesn’t that sound better, much more palatable? Plutocrats want to keep  the focus of Americans on the crumbs supplied by the social safety net  while they’re literally stealing billions upon billions from taxpayers  via policies designed to reward the super-wealthy.

He goes on: “We know that many an entry-level job has been the introduction to a successful career.” Yeah Marc, especially if it’s an entry-level job at the company your  grandpa started. Pulled yourself all the way up by your bootstraps,  didn’t you, Marc?

“Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas started out flipping  burgers,” this sage of American entrepreneurial enterprise continues.  “Our present welfare system is broken in principle and crippled in  practice. America has prospered because of the independence, diligence,  and determination of its people.”

Well, wrong again buddy boy … America (at least white  America) has prospered because of access to credit … the ability to  borrow the money to start a Wendy’s — something that has too often been  denied to people of color in this country. Have you ever heard of  “redlining,” Marc? It’s not a myth, it’s not an excuse, it’s a reality …  that is, if you’re a minority.

See the Forbes Magazine article here.

Nonetheless, this jerk who likes to fashion himself as  a paragon of and testament to American hard work, ingenuity and  stick-to-it-ness (after all, he did hang around the family business long enough to become part owner) concludes his specious diatribe with: “Let us not permit a broken welfare system to turn the American dream into the American nightmare.”

Uh, hate to wake you up Marc, but America has been a  nightmare for poor and working-class people of all hues for quite a few  years now, and it’s only going to get worse as long as plutocrats — that  really wealthy one percent — are able to convince suckers like you to  do their bidding and dirty work of blaming the poor for their poverty as  a means of (and reason for) keeping entry-level wages in the country  artificially suppressed. That’s what this really is all about, isn’t it?  “Welfare” is only a smelly red herring … that by now is beginning to  stink to high heaven.

If you want to score cheap political points by  denigrating and insulting the less fortunate in our society, there can  be a price to pay. Now, who’s your daddy?

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