Originally published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 05:58a.m.
I loathe the attitude of those leaders who think the American people are crap. There are numerous who do. Their attitude is so bad that they open their mouths and spill out their rancid thoughts without a whit of awareness of the vileness.
Senators and Congressmen, while they were working on tax cuts primarily for the rich, couldn’t help themselves, but spewed their loathsome ignorance. Representative Rod Blum of Iowa opened his mouth and this drooled out, “We have to have welfare reform. We need people who are mentally and physically able to work to get into the workforce. In my district, a lot of employers can’t find employees. Sometimes we need to force people to go to work.” Note he said, “in my district.” He just said that among his own constituents, the people he represents, there is a large contingent who are lazy, shiftless, slugs who won’t work without being forced. So many that it would make a difference in the economy.
There are always a few bums, no one is saying there aren’t. But if you’re running the country, you don’t run it as if that’s the bulk of the people. You run it on behalf of the true many, darn near all, who work their butts off. Mr. Blum seems to have forgotten that in the late ‘90s, and again just before the crash, the very low number of unemployed, and the very high rate of labor participation, proved that darn near everyone who can work, does work. That is, when the leaders don’t screw up steady periods of lots of jobs and decent pay.
The American people do work, like to work, and are good at it. But the loathsome thing that came out of the mouth of Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah makes clear he doesn’t believe that. He sees an America full of “people who won’t help themselves -- won’t lift a finger.” Not just a few but, “millions of people that way.” “Millions” mind you.
If you, dear reader, have been conned into thinking it’s even possible that, as Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio said, he thinks welfare is “a permanent way of life,” and “for millions of Americans,” you have been sold a lie. A wildly inaccurate picture, which the links I’ve provided with this column can take you to the numbers that prove it’s a lie. But that’s not even the core point. You could make more help available to more people and it wouldn’t matter. With very few exceptions, people want more than a crumbs existence (which safety-net programs don’t even provide), they want more pride, and they want to work.
Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa thinks so many are so loathsome that we should give even more to the rich, “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing. As opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.” That’s what he thinks of the American people.
These are people we’ve put in charge of our country. Their loathsome attitude is beneath anyone we should allow holding any of our offices.
Tom Cantlon is a local business owner and writer and can be reached at comments at tomcantlon.com.