The time we are presently living in, is one of the most economically challenging. To call it tumultuous would be an understatement. Job loss. Foreclosures. People relying on food stamps, unemployment, and free lunch programs are at record high levels. Job creation is at an all time low. The past decade saw a middle class that did not improve. The median salary actually went down. Food and gas prices are at all time highs, as well as health care costs, and no one has a higher paycheck to offset these costs. The middle class is suffering. BIG TIME.
A friend of mine on Facebook posted something yesterday. I read it, and I was stunned. It was titled "A Texan's Answer to Welfare". In a nutshell, it was an extremely unintelligent, piece about welfare recipients, and how they are all freeloaders. It reeked of hatred, and racism. It suggested that if you are receiving welfare, you should only be able to eat rice, and blocks of cheese, and drink powdered milk. It said that women should get tubal ligation's, or be forced to be put on birth control. If you need housing assistance, it stated that you should live in barracks, and have your possessions inventoried, and sold. You also must perform community service in exchange for assistance. And the piece de resistance...give up your right to vote.
Now, I know some people out there actually might agree with this bizarre ideology. Clearly it gained enough popularity to be put on Facebook. It even got a few "likes". "Thumbs up", if you will. I don't know which emotion I have covers the feelings welling up within me.
There was anger. Immediately. I fired back on her post, statistics, and facts. I questioned this post she decided to make public, and wondered why so much hate and anger, resentment, and entitlement.
But sadness is the underlying feeling that is really swelling within me. A class division that I see, not just in an ignorant Facebook post, but in our land. A lack of caring for your fellow man. A view that people needing public assistance, or losing their home, or collecting unemployment, are freeloaders. That families feeding their children on food stamps are dining on steaks, and laughing about "free money".
Is this what the have and the have nots are becoming. Further divided? Further misunderstood? When you see the news, and read the paper, and unemployment is at an all time high, and even the government is having credit problems, this is because people made bad choices? Empty houses and shuttered businesses are just coincidence?
I also read a post from another friend. It said this. "Be kinder than necessary, for everyone is fighting some kind of battle".
I gave this one a thumbs up.