Quit picking on the poor and pay people livable wages
Originally published on Dec. 16.
The letter submitted by Robert Pick clearly underscores the lack of understanding the conservative right media has sold to the American people, and sell it they have. Churches cannot be the source of helping the poor when 20 percent live in poverty.
People on the food stamp program are already working, but make so little money they can't stretch their money far enough to feed their families.
Stop saying they don't work -- they do. Stop saying people are lazy -- they're not.
Stop telling women they should have no control over their bodies. If you do not want abortion, fine. Then be prepared to support the unwanted children until they are 18.
If you have Christian values and you really take Christ into your heart, then you live with Christ's values that support "do unto others as you would do unto me." Period.
The argument really is this: Do you want the government to support those who cannot make it, through safety net programs such as welfare, food stamps, subsidized housing/child care or do you want to pay more for the things you buy and pay people a livable wage?
I want the companies to pay people a livable wage and reduce our need for government to support them. Take less profits for corporate greed. We live in the most affluent country in the world, and no one should go to bed hungry or without health care.
If we don't feed hungry kids, their brains do not develop and we will be raising a bunch of dummies. Let's get the argument right. I want the rich to pay their fair share in taxes. I want to stop subsidizing companies that move jobs offshore to avoid taxes.
Stop picking on the poor. Stop beating the Bible. Put your money where your mouth is.
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