Bad things happen
This past week, I watched two news events: the Florida sinkhole tragedy and Mitt Romney’s interview.
The Florida tragedy involved a man who lost his brother and home to an act of nature. It was heartbreaking to watch a grown man moved to tears.
The other news event was Mitt Romney’s interview that covered a range of topics but focused on his regret that he wasn’t able to win the presidency. I watched the interview, and wondered would Mitt Romney think that the surviving brother from Florida was one of the 47 percent, a taker.
We seek comfort by telling ourselves that only the “lazy” or “moochers” need government assistance, but this good man is an example of the working poor living among us.
It was obvious that the man has had a hard life. Based on his smile, I don’t think he was able to afford dental or health insurance. His clothes were inexpensive. His home wasn’t fancy. He is a married father who works two jobs to provide for his family. His life experience is the reason why we have social safety nets like unemployment insurance, Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.
My grandmother survived “The Depression.” That experience forever changed her outlook on life. She told me that even the rich ended up poor waiting in soup lines.
As a country, we have forgotten this important lesson. Life is a high-wire act. We need the safety net when we slip.
White House tours have been canceled due to the sequester, so shouldn’t we also sequester some golf clubs, the White House chef and some of the staff?
Wouldn’t that be appropriate?