“…who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing….”
Romney used phrases like this to try to pry more millions out of his fat-cat donors by sharing with them how despicable it is that what they see as losers want anything in this world.
Now I’m here, trying to figure out what is supposed to be the problem with such expectations from the citizens of my country.
Because, frankly, I’d hope the percentage of people supporting entitlements is even higher.
Entitlement itself isn’t a dirty word.
Rights are entitlements.
The are what people have a right to, just for being alive.
They are not the product of scams, or thefts, or fraud.
Somehow the possible existence of “welfare queens” is used to smear anyone receiving any kind of help.
The response to the abuse of a system isn’t to end the system.
If the existence of cheats were cause to terminate programs, the Pentagon would be in BIG trouble.
The proper reaction is to better run your programs so that fraud becomes less likely.
It’s known as good govenrnent, and you have to pay for it.
And what are the programs these people hate so much, the access to food and housing and all?
What is the problem?
Food stamps feed children, tomorrow’s citizens.
No one should be living on the street.
And the health of all citizens is a public, not a private, concern.
Call me a dreamer and all, but I believe that all people, everywhere, are entitled to these things
And it’s simple enough to add on a few more:
freedom from violence,
access to free education,
give me a few minutes and I could come up with more.
The kinds of things that help us make this a world that is worth inhabiting.
After all, most of us don’t live in the kind of private enclaves that these people inhabit.
They don’t worry about fellow citizens suffering from hunger or disease, or dying of exposure.
Because, ultimately, these people are not our fellow citizens.
They are just leeches, trying to extract the last vestiges of value out of the U.S.
They’ve already sacked the banks and real estate, and are now aiming at social security funds.
Lure the funds into the stock market, bag them, and leave.
Romney isn’t a policy geek, nor even really a politician.
He’s just a Bain Capital vulture looking for one last enterprise to pillage.
But the rest of us can’t walk away from the mess he’d make, to ultimately join his money off-shore.