|Don’t belittle people|
Some recent letters to the News-Review, no doubt authored by persons of the conservative persuasion, belittle people seen as non-taxpaying idlers — dare we say “47 percenters?” — who rely on “gifts” from the government. Who are these so-called parasites?
— Millions of working-class citizens who have seen their means of employment outsourced to places overseas or who have suffered the indignity of losing their livelihood through downsizing;
— Many workers forced to accept large reductions in hours, cuts in wages or benefits who were given almost no choice but to labor in dead-end minimum wage jobs which could not be exported;
— While a small percentage of individuals get away with abusing the system, consider giant corporations, called “persons” by the Supremes, such as GE, DuPont and Boeing who paid no taxes on billions of dollars of income in addition to pocketing generous government subsidies such as those granted to oil and gas outfits; and
— Finally, consider too those who lost what they thought was financial security through Wall Street shenanigans and must live almost exclusively on Social Security, as well as so many of our veterans who rely on government assistance.
If you are not one of these and other victims of our corporate culture, why not just be thankful and join the people who refrain from disparaging other peoples’ character and motives?
|Tuesday, January 15, 2013 4:47 PM|
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