Monday, December 14, 2009

Pity America

This piece from Germany called "Poor America" could easily be titled: "Pity America." Anyone who doesn't pity the people of America has not been paying attention to the sham of a health care reform debate conducted by America's self-serving leaders.

Drama King Joe Lieberman may be winning the "Most Despised Pol" award, but the modern day Simon Legree is not exactly out of step with America's reigning sick ideology:

In “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” it is not socially acceptable to have to depend on government help, and that explains why many needy people in the U.S. do not even seek assistance: it is a matter of personal embarrassment. . And because many Americans consider solidarity to be some kind of communist plot, they leave a lot to be desired when it comes to helping others through these needy times.

Child Hunger is Up in America: . . the number of youngsters living in homes without enough food soared in 2008 from 13 million to nearly 17 million. .

Why Welfare Reform Fails its Recession Test: Benefits are tiny, too, with 30 states paying a maximum benefit that's less than 30 percent of the federal poverty line. Mississippi skimps by offering its TANF recipients $170 a month for a family of three, about 9 percent of the poverty line and barely enough to cover the utility bills.

Are Americans a Broken People? Why We've Stopped Fighting Back Against the Forces of Oppression: Can people become so broken that truths of how they are being screwed do not "set them free" but instead further demoralize them? Has such a demoralization happened in the United States? Do some totalitarians actually want us to hear how we have been screwed because they know that humiliating passivity in the face of obvious oppression will demoralize us even further?