Saturday, November 2, 2013


Subsidies to companies who pay sub-standard, non-living wages to their employees who are forced to turn around and apply for government subsidies so they can afford to pay rent, heat their place of residence and can somehow manage to feed their families?
Subsidies to mega-corporations who rake in billions in profits? Why? The very corporations that refuse to assist working Americans who toil all day, and at the end of the day cannot afford to feed their own families?
We need to audit where our money goes. Audit and make transparent where our money is being spent. In layman's terms. So everyone can understand the illogic of it all. And then we need to place the blame on whomever is responsible for it.
We need to end this ridiculous notion that all those on food stamps are eating lobster and swilling fine wine on the government tit.
We need to end the bigoted notion that food stamps are going to lazy minorities. We need to change the picture in the minds of many Americans that food stamp recipients are lazy men wearing wife beaters sitting on their porches, gut protruding, drinking a Colt 45, smoking a Newport and watching their 8 dirty kids play in their filthy yards.
We are the richest country in the world, and many...millions in fact, struggle to feed their families. We are the richest country in the world, and many of our children go to bed hungry at night. Can't sleep because they see the struggle their parent(s) go through daily in trying to make ends meet. Trying to cope with the failure they feel when dinner is a cup of Top Ramen. Trying to cope with the failure that comes when they cannot afford health insurance for their children....or cannot afford proper clothing for their children...or cannot find a decent job that will match financially their willingness to work.
And for many, these parents go to sleep with the knowledge that the taxes they pay from their meager wages are returned in subsidies to the very corporations they work for...the very corporations that refuse to pay living wages.
Talk about irony. The irony of working for a huge billion dollar corporation, toiling to prepare food for thousands of customers only to get off work unable to afford the very food they have prepared all a billion dollar corporation that is at the very vortex of the financial spiral they struggle to cope with on a daily basis.
We need to raise the minimum wage. We must guarantee that everyone who is willing to work will receive a living wage...not lobster money, but enough for a nutritious meal, a decent place to live and a chance to recapture the ultimate human right...the right to a little dignity and a sense of self worth.
We are the richest nation on earth...a nation too rich to leave anyone left behind. A place where no one gets left behind.
It's time to fight the war against poverty rather than fighting a war against poor people. Because they are Americans...the sick, the unemployed, the elderly, they are our veterans and yes, our children. And they are hungry and live in the richest nation on earth. They need not be left hungry, alone....and behind. E pluribus Unum...out of One nation, under God...indivisible with liberty and justice for all....and if I might, I would like to insert dignity. These people deserve our help, and a little dignity along with a decent hot meal from time to time. And anyone who objects is a selfish bastard. We can easily do this.
And that's the world...the "World According to Kimba." Thanks for reading.

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