- Posted January 5, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
When I Grow up I Want to be Dependent on the Government, Nobody Ever Said
“If I am an unemployed American and I hear from Republicans that, “Yeah, you know, we should go ahead and do that provided we do the following three things,” and it’s a caveat approval of extending those [unemployment] benefits, or if I am a minimum wage worker and I find, I see Republicans who say, “You know what? It’s artificial, it messes with the marketplace, it might mean some teens can’t get into the job market,” why would I become a Republican? How do you message that in any way to reach out to those who are disinclined to sign up for the Republican Party?”
His response was:
“Because in the end, what people want is freedom and opportunity. You don’t get that through the mighty hand of the government. I think as a kid when I grew up in Sullivan, nobody I knew in my class said, “Someday, my goal is to grow up and become dependent on the government.” …
I think this exchange perfectly demonstrates why our nation is so divided.
I imagine Candy Crowley was trying to pull at our heart strings and champion the poor. I believe she was trying to make those who think differently about what would help the poor appear heartless and uncaring.
But what is more heartless, making people rely on handouts from the government to get by or pushing them out of the nest where they might learn to fly?
We know right now that a huge percentage of the sweet little children attending our elementary schools around the nation will end up living in poverty and will rely on handouts from the government. We know this and we are resistant to adopt something other than a uniform, one size fits all approach to education. We know this and we are unwilling to change our welfare programs. We know this and yet, anyone who suggests that we do something different, something that challenges our poor to do better is a bad guy.
Currently I work with school children with a variety of disabilities. Often times they complain that what I give them to do is too hard. After I remind them that I am there to teach them and to help them as needed; I tell them that the day I stop giving you things to do that challenge you is the day that you don’t need me anymore or I have given up on you.
Let’s not give up on the poor by never challenging them, but at the same time let’s find better ways to support them through the struggle for something better.