Oh Dear President Obama!

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Oh dear President Obama, I cannot thank you for that speech.
I’m hungry as can be and a home is out of reach.

Oh dear President Obama, that speech is getting old.
While you lie and make shit up, I’m out here in the cold.

Oh dear President Obama, didn’t you say we’d get a break.
Benefits are cut and the poor got no fair shake.

Oh dear President Obama, you said I need to work real hard.
But those who have no job, you and congress disregard.

Oh dear President Obama, my school was closed last year.
So flipping endless burgers will be my new career.

Oh dear President Obama, have you closed Guantanamo?
And how many foreign leaders do you plan to overthrow?

Oh dear President Obama, the military’s budget wasn’t cut.
The powers of the NSA, you didn’t really gut.

Oh dear President Obama, why did Wall Street get a pass?
You looked the other way when they fucked the underclass.

Oh dear President Obama, about that war on drugs?
Turkeys all get pardons while inmates just get shrugs.

Oh dear President Obama, you should think before you speak.
We see right through your lies, so go practice your technique.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland

…and no, I did not look at the SOTU because I refuse to listen to more lies. I read the text of the speech and of course, business as usual. Blah, blah, blah, blah.
“Work hard Americans, get an education, congress cares about you TONIGHT since we’re all here. Let me be clear, I am here to help you through these good times that we are having. The jobless rate is the lowest it’s been in years, businesses are hiring, and I am foaming at the mouth from lying, so please excuse me a minute. Joe, get me a big handkerchief, a really, really BIG handkerchief. And let’s continue to fund our military might all around the world. We’re ‘peacekeepers’ ya know!”

Well, that’s MY take!

What Will It Take?

When times have gotten tough,
words just aren’t enough.

And when congress spits on you,
what if anything, will you do?

If you’re unemployed and old,
you are lazy, so you’re told.

If you’re hungry and you’re weak,
they say, you’re on a losing streak.

If the best that you can do, doesn’t land you on your feet,
the next step that you take will be out onto the street.

When the ones who represent you are well fed and doing fine,
they’re pissing on your children and you still won’t draw the line.

They always make it seem as though your plight is all your fault.
And you just close your ears and starve and keep taking their assault.

When will you learn that things won’t change if you just wish them all away?
Will you ever figure out that hard times are here to stay?

No, words are not enough and though you hold onto hope,
our future looks too bleak for most of us to cope.

What will it take to stir you up and get you all to see,
that those who make the rules will never care about you and me?

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland

As I continue to ask the same questions relative to what is the American populace going to do about the fact that extreme poverty and hard times are the new norm thanks to their congressional ‘representatives’ pissing on them while insisting that it is merely raining, the American electorate is either in a catatonic state or in a comatose state. In the face of overwhelming poverty that is being inflicted upon millions of Americans, there is not a peep, not even a feeble cry from the afflicted, the affected and the impacted.

Yes, I know that America is the pill popping capitol of the world so that would account for the catatonic state of many and since the general consensus is that many are brain dead, then that would also, account for what’s left to be in a comatose state. So, never mind then, carry on!

Turned Back!

moved on

I’d moved on to greener pastures and thought to leave my cares behind,

but the homeless and the sick, I cannot wipe them from my mind.

 

They moved in with me, stared me down and staked their claim.

I sought to turn my back on them. Oh God, to know such shame!

 

A royal flush, I did receive and with lady luck in tow,

how could there be no thought that what I reap so shall I sow.

 

Fortunes come and fortunes go and blessings in abundance,

and if I am not careful, I could soon get my comeuppance.

 

There are those who have no voice and would like for me to speak.

Am I then to turn my back and forget the poor and weak?

 

I so tried not to care; but I must find a way,

to get my act together and to not sit out this play.

 

I am but one and don’t I know that there is much to do.

I need my friends to help me. I need each one of you!

 

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland

© 2013 Shelby I. Courtland

How many times I have tried to stop, to let it go, to try NOT to care, to be so busy that I have no time to concern myself and still I must continue, I must care! From time to time, I will still post that which will come, that which MUST come. The haunted that I have seen, they will NOT be denied! They cry out for a voice and so I must speak!

Frustrated!

Frustrated24Many times I have wanted to call it quits with regards to doing this ‘blogging’ thing and many times I have decided to forge ahead, to continue. Even though, like many, frustration kicks in because you put so much effort in before you click that ‘publish’ button. Some will get a few ‘likes’ and maybe even a comment or two and you think to yourself, “why did I go through all of the effort to research, to type and to find relevant images to display?” “Why has no one enjoyed the epiphany that I have experienced? Don’t they see what I see and if they do, then why have they not acted upon it? I’ve given them all the data they need in which to do what needs to be done.” Now, therein lies the problem. Do what? What can they do? What am I doing? I have been over this forwards, backwards, sideways, upside and down and there is just nothing that can be done to solve a multitude of the problems and issues that many face on a daily basis.

There will be no savior to sort this out for us. There will be no one person who will stand above the crowd and ‘fix it’. There will be no second coming of Christ, for those of you who believe in the first coming of Christ. We go on each day until there is no ‘next’ day. We open our eyes. We get out of bed and we do what we have to do to survive. This has been going on for centuries and it will continue until either we fuck this planet up to the point where it expels us all or we drop dead. GMO foods may kill us, a drone may kill us, or a vehicle accident may kill us, but either way, we will be just as dead. There is no way that we can fight every single battle there is. We are human and we are weak and fallible and the human body is going to seek sustenance over spirituality when push comes to shove. We can think that we have all the inherent goodness in the world, but if it came down to sacrificing ourselves in some way(I don’t know quite how) for the good of the many, what would you do? What sacrifice is worth it? What would be the point? What would change? History has shown us that even those who are held in high esteem, the ones who are in the history books for effecting change, what good did it do them? They sacrificed themselves to make people aware of the suffering and injustices perpetrated on others and look at where we are now? Not just here in America, but all over the world. What good did it do for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to step out of his comfort zone and get assassinated for his efforts when the Supreme Court just dealt a blow to all that he and others marched and protested, got arrested and brutalized for? What good does it do to quote Gandhi? What good does it do to quote Mother Teresa? What good does it do to quote Malcolm X? George Orwell? Or any other ‘visionaries’ who tried to warn us of where we were headed.

Yes, some people have awakened, took a look around and said, “we’re fucked!” But what else can they do? If they have not the money to build affordable homes for the poor, if they have not the money to purchase land to grow food for the hungry, if they have not the money to pay the medical bills of the uninsured or money to simply put to good use and help as opposed to aiding in destruction, then there is nothing that they can do except to try to not contribute to the problem. There are so many so-called faith based charities that are nothing more than tax exempt corporations who are not helping the poor, they are not mitigating the consequences resulting from a lack of housing, food and health care. They are in the business of lining their pockets with one hand and preaching bullshit on the other. It is hypocrisy. That is all I see when I look around, hypocrisy in the guise of charities and government officials who grandstand to win votes and then disregard their constituents needs and instead, sell themselves to the highest corporate bidder for their own selfish agenda. Self is another key word of today. Selfish, self-fulfillment, self-serving, self-centered, self indulgent, self-satisfying, self, self and self. It is all about ME, well isn’t it? If not, who is it about? Is it about YOU? What can I do for you? What can you do for me? You scratch my back and I will scratch yours. That is the mindset of today.

Why do you think that when the holidays approach, people will gladly line up and stand in freezing, below average temperatures and trample each other over what is considered to be an unbeatable bargain? Why are they like that? Why is it that they can somehow find the time to pitch a tent for a week or more in a store parking lot to grab that huge TV, but when it comes to lining up to protest against homelessness, hunger, lack of medical care, there are a few stragglers wandering around with signs while people pass by them in vehicles yelling at them to “get a job!?” No one yells at those who are lined up to buy the latest Apple product to, “get a job!” The emphasis is placed on materialism to the exclusion of all else. If you don’t have it, you’re a loser. There are going to be winners, but there are going to be so many more losers and the winners have the microphone. The winners own the papers, the media and they feed us Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber and Rihanna and we eat it up. When Kate Middleton or Michele Obama struts an outfit, there is a stampede to purchase said outfit. That is what is important? No, but it is to those who have been programmed by the people who control the media and who shove down their throat what is important.

So, just because we have not joined forces and somehow stopped a world takeover does not mean that all of us are simply sitting around awaiting the latest chapter on Tim Tebow, it is just that we are all limited in what we can do. I can volunteer. I can advocate on behalf of those who are suffering. I can even sometimes help house a homeless person. I can continue to keep the issues in the forefront. It does not matter if I never get a ‘like’ or a following. If I am talking to myself, so be it. The fact that I am sharing my thoughts, sharing what is important to me, sharing my frustration at the status quo may be all that I can do because I see no other way to get my two cents in, but I will not point the finger at another and say, “you are not doing enough.” I know not what they are dealing with and so I will concentrate on what I am dealing with and hope that I can somehow find it in me to help someone else, even if it is only one person. I cannot change the world. I can only say to the world, “we’re fucked!”

The Sad, But Undeniable Truth

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Recently, I wrote a poem, “Join The Movement.” The purpose behind my writing that poem was to galvanize those of us who are suffering, those of us who see the suffering of others, those of us who are tired of war, into action. I wrote that poem because we are being literally scared to death. Many of us are terrified of even protesting. Why? Because we have seen the brutality unleashed by our government’s mafia brutes, otherwise known as the police force and let us not forget, the military. The people who ARE the police, who ARE the military are our relatives, our neighbors and yet, they would ‘put us down’ without hesitation when commanded to do so. Without them onboard, we are doomed. That is the truth.

Another sad truth is that corporations and our government know us so well, because our every move has been monitored, everything from what we purchase, to where we eat, to where we sleep, to even our health care providers. This was not some spur-of-the-moment decision. This was a thoroughly well crafted and well executed, years in the making, grand scheme to get us to where we are now. Despite the technology at our finger tips, there is no way that we can galvanize the worker bees, the drudging drones, the abject poor, the broken and weary masses to do what needs to be done because many are just too weak and too far gone to even raise their voice in protest. The ‘lords’ have done their homework and it is paying off, big time!

I realize that there are those of you who want to believe that at this point in time, we are going to strike back and take back what has been stripped from us while we were looking elsewhere. Please, take a minute and look around you. People are doing the same thing today that they did yesterday and they will continue to do this until they exist no more. They have accepted that things are as they are and that is the way they are going to be. Meanwhile, our government, run by corporations, is showing us that there is a lot more suffering and anguish ahead and what’s more, they are telling us in no uncertain terms, that there is not a goddamn thing that we can do to stop them because they know that THIS time, things have gotten too bad for too many and the will to thrive and not merely survive has been crushed.

Many people have been deluded into think that we have stopped the bombing of Syria. No, we have not. It has been postponed. Make no mistake, another reason for blowing up Syria will be contrived. The same was done when this government wanted to control the oil rich Middle East, and it was contrived by blowing up the Twin Towers and to this very day, a majority of Americans hate the Muslims and anyone who even remotely has Middle Eastern ties. Those people did us no harm, you can thank your government for the deaths of those 3,000 people. If you look through the annals of history, you will find that this government has never flinched when it came to inflicting torture, never flinched when it came to mass killings, never flinched when it came to using chemical weapons on its own citizens, so why do you think that this government would flinch at killing 3,000 of its own citizens to further its agenda? Who benefited from the invasion of Iraq? Who benefited from the invasion of Afghanistan?

How many of us seriously and truly believe that we will one day wake up and collectively say, “enough is enough!” My vote is on the twelfth of never because right now, those who do not care about each other far outnumber those who do and I just read yesterday that a ‘white supremacy’ group is trying to purchase every building in a small town in North Dakota to set up a ‘white’s only’ town. Really? With this much hate, we are going to speak as one against those who would destroy us all? We have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting people to put aside their differences, their biases, their hatred of one another to come together for the good of all people. That snowball doesn’t stand a chance when people hate each other more than they hate those who are trying to destroy each and every one of us, one by one. We fail to realize that when one of us dies, it is then time for the ‘lords’ to turn their attention onto the next until like a puff of smoke, another one, gone. We are ‘tribal’ by nature as some would say and when we see one tribe wiped out, that does not dismay us. We will simply take what was once theirs, that is until another more powerful tribe swoops in and claims it for themselves. History has shown that those who are weakened are easily overcome. History has also shown that those whose weapons are inferior are easily overcome. Remember the people who are native to America? Remember the slaves who were dragged from Africa? We have been weakened to the point where we are for the most part, broken. How many homeless people can stand up and face down government forces? How many hungry people have the strength to even play a pretend ‘Hunger Games’? How many of us are willing to go the distance, do whatever it takes to put an end to the ‘lords’ rule over us? Who will put their needs aside for the needs of the many? Who will pay the ultimate sacrifice? Yes, I realize that there are people like Chelsea Manning who is sitting in a prison cell at this very moment for exposing war crimes, torture, hypocrisy and lies done in our name by the United States government. Edward Snowden is in exile in Russia because he exposed the massive secret surveillance system, the NSA that our government has been using to monitor our every move. The problem is that even with this knowledge we now have about what our government is capable of, we have only murmured and grumbled among ourselves. We have not roared our outrage. We have done nothing. Millions of us should be outside the prison where Chelsea Manning is being held, demanding her release. But we’re not. So, what good did it do Chelsea Manning to sacrifice herself so that we would have the knowledge that we have and yet, do nothing. Oh, we preach about the wrongs and we preach about rising to the occasion but, it always ends with the question. When?

Do we not have our computers, our smartphones, our huge high definition televisions, our vehicles that can anticipate an accident before it even happens. Now that last one might just blow your mind when you realize that since the ‘lords’ have this technology, the technology to ‘anticipate’ what is going to happen BEFORE it even happens, who then holds the ‘trump’ cards, certainly not ‘We the People’.

If I thought that it would do any good or be of any use whatsoever, I would write a million poems urging a call for action, to ‘join the movement’, but would it do any good? Actually, I think that I have answered my own question and THAT is the sad, but undeniable truth!

The Devolution of Evolution

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There are those who say that we must wait for human evolution

and that we are just as wrong if we start a revolution.

Humans have devolved into what you see today.

There are those who glimpse the suffering and they simply turn away.

They care not for the hungry, no tears shed for the sick.

They beat them down and shame them, it usually does the trick.

Must they take another look; no glasses hued in rose

and speak to me of what they see with eyes that do not close.

There is a war throughout the land in one form or another.

We do not love our sister and we hate our foreign brother.

There are those who walk the streets, they have no home at all.

They were sold out by the bankers who never take a fall.

The rich have all the power and the poor are in a bind.

If you fail to see the problem, there is something on your mind.

Or could it be you just won’t see because you would reject

that we have not evolved and are stuck in retrospect.

The ones who see and understand that something must be done

are those who care for all and not just care for one.

If ever we evolve, and there is no sign we have

the future looks too bleak if what we use is salve,

to staunch the flow of blood from those who are in pain

and never hold accountable, the ones who wield the chain.

Alone, we cannot act, we need you all onboard

as this is not a game, and we can ill afford,

to not join in the fray nor start the protest march

nor arm ourselves with nature’s tools and branch out like the larch.

Where once we stood alone, we now stand arm in arm

And those who are the enemy are those who do us harm.

Violence begets violence and this I understand

but power will not yield with just a reprimand.

Those with much to lose will crush us if we try.

They must hear our roar, they must heed our cry.

For peace can never reign without a show of might.

No matter who is wrong, no matter who is right.

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland

© 2013 Shelby I. Courtland

 

 

 

The 50th Anniversary of the Epic March on Washington

'We marched and we protested and still we are detested'....and we keep on marching, marching, marching.

‘We marched and we protested and still we are detested’….and we keep on marching, marching, marching.

…and what do we have to show for it?

•African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
•African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites

Blacks bear a disproportionate share of the unemployment burden. The national jobless rate is 7.4 percent; for African Americans, it’s 13.7

The African-American and African-American child hunger and poverty rates are even greater than the national averages—sometimes nearly twice as high

In case you didn’t hear, the Department of Education released a report that essentially told many of us what we already knew: inner city schools are in a bad state. Its Office of Civil Rights’ study on college and career readiness, discipline, school finance and student retention showed that minority children face harsher discipline, have less access to rigorous high school curriculum and are taught by lower-paid and less experienced teachers.

It noted that while black males make up 18% of students, 35% were suspended once and 39% expelled.

Supreme Court Invalidates Key Part of Voting Rights Act – NYTimes

How Home Ownership Keeps Blacks Poorer Than Whites – Forbes

The Obama administration’s rules for approving student loans are causing a disproportionately large number of blacks to be denied because of blemished credit histories.

Significant statistical research exists regarding race and the death penalty, and race is an issue that continues to be at the forefront of America’s capital punishment debate. Studies have indicated that race plays a decisive role in the question of who lives and dies by execution in this country. According to some studies, race can influence which cases are chosen for capital prosecution and which prosecutors are allowed to make those decisions. Racial disparities have been shown not just in isolated instances, but in many state studies over many years.

Memphis Accuses Wells Fargo of Discriminating Against Blacks
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Tennessee, marshaled a raft of statistics to argue that Wells Fargo offered one lending reality for whites and another for blacks.

Baltimore residents to get $2.5M from Wells Fargo settlement
Deal settles lawsuit claiming bank engaged in predatory practices
Read more: http://www.wbaltv.com/news/money/Baltimore-residents-to-get-2-5M-from-Wells-Fargo-settlement/-/9379180/15502466/-/624qc9z/-/index.html#ixzz2cwb9yRhZ

Wells Fargo deliberately steered prime borrowers into taking out subprime loans. The loans were called, “ghetto loans,” and the Black people taking out the loans were referred to as “mud people.” As a result, even churches went into foreclosure.

Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African-American boy who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman.

On the evening of February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin—an unarmed 17-year-old African American student—was confronted, shot, and killed near his home by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida.

sources:http://www.naacp.org/pages/criminal-justice-fact-sheet
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/22black-unemployment_n_3624725html.
http://www.louisianaweekly.com/alarming-hunger-and-poverty-among-african-american-children/
http://politics365.com/2012/03/17/bad-inner-city-schools-tell-us-what-we-dont-know/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/06/26/obamas-student-loan-rules-are-denying-blacks-in-disproportion…
http://www.capitalpunishmentcontext.org/issues/race
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmett_Till
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/what-happened-trayvon-martin-explained

….and the battle against hate, injustice, racial inequality rages on 50 years later. The dream is not a reality and not likely to become a reality anytime soon. We are heading back in time. We have lost ground. We have not made many gains. The election of President Obama to the presidency is nothing to herald as Black people are failing faster all across the board since the beginning of his presidency. He has completely ignored the Black community who overwhelmingly supported him. He has thumbed his nose at everything the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stood, marched, protested and was jailed and beaten for. He is not fit to even whisper Dr. King’s name.

Even though I wrote this poem for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I feel that it is worth posting here on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

For Martin Luther King Jr., Day

People say we’ve come so far.
It all depends on who you are.

There’s been no other to fill your shoes.
Today, you’ll again make headline news.

Would you be pleased at what you see?
Is your dream a reality?

No, your dream is not alive! It crumbled into dust.
And all that’s left to show for it is just another bust.

The vibrant voice is stilled, mere echoes of the past.
Your dream did not live on, a net you tried to cast.

The battle rages on as hate will never rest.
And men who lack in courage will always fail the test.

Who rings the bell for freedom and human rights for all?
While men cease to stand and to corporations crawl.

Who will ignite the spark and watch the fire burn?
And who will just sit back and say, “no, it’s not my turn?”

Will there ever be another Martin Luther King?
Who dreamed that one day, the freedom bell would ring.

“Let freedom ring! Let freedom ring!”
It’s still a dream, Dr. Martin Luther King.

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland
© 2013 Shelby I. Courtland

What the Hell??!!!! A billion in aid headed to Egypt?!!!

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President Barack Obama has delayed the delivery of four U.S. F-16 fighter jets to Egypt.

Now, let me get this straight! All hell broke loose in Egypt. The U.S. has already sent eight fighter jets to Egypt because…let’s see…because every country should be armed by the U.S. because it is the ‘humanitarian’ thing to do? Fighter jets feed people, food is not necessary? War is good, peace is not? Destruction is good, sound infrastructure is not? The U.S. is in such great shape that we don’t need the money that U.S. taxpayers paid for those jets that were already sent to Egypt and the ones that they will eventually get depending on if and when the U.S. government can figure out just who is in power in Egypt and whether or not they will remain in power what with the ongoing conflict in Egypt and can they keep it together since we cannot quite figure out if Egypt’s democratically elected President Morsi was ousted by a military coup? Are you with me so far? Because, this is deep! The Egyptian military has stated that elections will be held(although, I don’t think that means much since Morsi was ousted and he was democratically ‘elected’)and Egypt has already received more than 200 F-16 fighter jets anyway! So, why the hell not just send the four slated for Egypt to Egypt? What difference is four going to make compared to the over 200 that have already been delivered? What is the point?

Washington’s annual $1.5 billion aid to Egypt has been under the spotlight since the July 3 ousting of elected President Mohammed Morsi by the country’s military.

Apparently that $1.5 billion in aid that the U.S. has been sending ‘annually’ to Egypt must have been for the military, it could not have been aid to help ‘feed’ the people of Egypt since….

Regardless of who runs Egypt, the country’s economy is in desperate need of support.
The country has less than two months’ supply of imported wheat left in its stocks, Morsi’s minister of supplies told Reuters on Thursday – revealing a shortage more acute than previously disclosed.

Unbelievable! The people of this country through our tax dollars have sent an annual gift of $1.5billion to Egypt in the form of fighter jets and this is called ‘aid’ and yet Egypt is running out of food because fighter jets are more important than feeding the people of Egypt???!!! The people of this country, the United States of America are in “desperate need of support” and we’re not getting it because we have to send fighter jets to Egypt? We have to supply the rebels in Syria with arms? We have to make sure that our nose is in every country in the oil rich middle east regardless of the fact that American citizens are being seriously, adversely impacted by the ongoing sequester, food stamps are being cut so that even more children will go to bed hungry and seniors are already feeling the effects of program cuts. Those who were homeless were told that there was no funding to help them with housing due to the cuts and yet the Obama Administration is flip-flopping over whether or not to send four more fighter jets to Egypt??? What the hell??!!!!!! We’ve just got to be in on that oil even to the detriment of the most vulnerable of our own because even though Egypt does not produce much oil, it controls the Suez Canal, the quickest route to get that oil out. So, yes…give Egypt the remaining four fighter jets because even though the people of Egypt need ‘wheat aid’, since they are short on wheat, fighter jets are what they are going to get! As for the citizens of the U.S., we need more program cuts because we just ‘ain’t’ suffering enough!

sources:http://worldnews.nbc.com/_news/2013/07/24/19658730-obama-halts-delivery-of-four-f-16-jets-to-egypt-amid-unrest?lite=

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/11/19411926_is-reviews-egypt-aid-as-arab-nations-pour-12-billion-into-post-morsi-regime

When Will We Stop Demonizing The Poor?

So, what is the poor to do? Find a box and locate a spot underneath a bridge?

So, what is the poor to do? Find a box and locate a spot underneath a bridge?

Why do we constantly point fingers and whine because people have to use food stamps? Why do we denigrate those who work jobs that pay no living wage and are without benefits? Why are we insensitive to the plight of those who are less fortunate than we are? For those of you who have no problem putting food in abundance on the table or paying the price at the pump without blinking, don’t get me wrong. I do not hold a grudge against people who are well-heeled. What I have a problem with is the fact that those who don’t have it so good but are trying as best they can, still get shamed by those who are the haves. We should not be shaming people because of their circumstances. We should be wondering why we’re the richest country on the planet and yet we have people who cannot keep a roof over their head despite working two jobs. We should be wondering why we have no problem with corporate welfare, but have a problem with our tax dollars going to feed hungry children. Walmart, for example, rakes in billions in profits each year and yet the majority of their rank and file workers have to rely on government funded medical programs(Medicaid). Why is the Federal Government ok with this? Oh, that’s right! It’s ONLY our money!

A 2004 study by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce estimated that just one Walmart store with 200 “associates” costs taxpayers over $420,000 per year in government assistance to the poor.

Walmart and other low-wage employers are poster children for free market hypocrisy, claiming that the “market” dictates they pay poverty wages while shifting some of their labor costs onto the taxpayer.

Paying a fair wage would only result in a price hike of around 1 percent for Walmart shoppers. The researchers note that the increase would be “well below Walmart’s estimated savings to consumers,” – in other words, the big-box retailer could continue to offer “low prices” without impoverishing their workers.
source:alternet.org

Other examples of low wage employers following Walmart’s lead are Kmart, Target, Kohls, McDonalds, Burger King and the list goes on and on. And we have the nerve to wonder why there are so many working poor while corporations are perceived as the good guys. America, we have a serious problem. And to solve it, look in the mirror!

Let’s take a look at the poverty rates.
According to wikipedia.org: The poverty rate for American Indians is 39%.
According to ASPE.hhs.gov: 46.2 million people were living in poverty in 2011.
16.1 million children were living in poverty in 2011.
20.4 million people lived in deep poverty.

The poverty rate for African-American children was 37.4% in 2011.
The poverty rate for Hispanic children was 34.1% in 2011.
The poverty rate for non-Hispanic white children was 12.5% in 2011.

What that says about us as humans is that we’ve lost the definition of the word, ‘human’. I’ll look it up for you.

Definition of human:hu·man

/ˈ(h)yo͞omən/

Adjective

A human being, esp. a person as distinguished from an animal or (in science fiction) an alien.Of, relating to, or characteristic of people or human beings.

Noun

Did you read that? Being ‘human’ is what separates us from the lower forms of ‘animal’ life since some see us as just an intelligent ‘animal’. Sometimes, I have to wonder about our ‘intelligence’. It does not take an awful lot of intelligence to note that if a large population of a country is living in abject poverty, it does not bode well for an economy that is based on consumer spending if millions of potential consumers have not the means to consume. What do you think will happen? It’s not obvious? We can bury our head in the sand and pretend all day and all night that the rich are keeping this ship afloat. Newsflash, that isn’t true because the rich are the leeches(corporate tax breaks, too big to fail and propped up by our money while their CEOs gave themselves hefty bonuses for running the companies into the ground). Not to mention deregulation and monopolies are also what is sinking this ship. It is not food stamp recipients, regardless of the propaganda that’s been shoved down our throat. And since many live by the mantra, ‘the poor cannot hire’, again, newsflash, the rich are not hiring either. They’re demanding that their remaining employees work until they drop and the Federal Government is hell bent on making things worse by attempting to pass laws that would put the retirement age at 70 in order to be able to collect full SSA benefits. And yes, I’ve heard that ‘we’re living longer’. Well..tell that to the Indians and Black people because it doesn’t seem apt to apply it to them.

So, in essence, the corporations are working their existing employees into the ground while the Federal Government is making it harder to collect benefits that these same workers have paid into the system their entire working life. Take a look at the unemployment figures for January. Up 7.9% from 7.8%. So, who is hiring?