by MARGARET REEVE PANAHI
I was just so disheartened by the debate last night that I got mad. Romney cares about the poor? Really? The 47%?
Just heartbreaking that the fact that roughly half of the population that is poor have been brushed off repetedly and now he says he cares? Insulting. Private insurance for all?
Breaking down the contracts for social secutiry and medicare made by us, that we all participate in? Criminal, don't you think? We are keeping our part of the bargain by paying in and he is talking about reniging the contract and weakening our country more deeply. These programs are in our best interest and they are ultimately ours. It is unethical not to have these contracts for basic health and safety continue as originally designed. And it is short sighted not to think about our future in terms of deserved protection, instead of as a short term cash problem. It is irresponsible for a leader in this day and age, given all the history that we have as a country, and as a global community, to repeat the downward, destructive cycle. Doesn't history figure into decisions? Or is it all about revisionist thinking and convenient omission.
We have basic rights to food, shelter, safety and health from each other in the form of our elected government with our daily contributions as the working public . It is in the UN bill of rights and we know them to be just for all peoples. It is degrading to our nation to further harm the already vulnerable and, as it has been said, the "least amongst us". We are a rich nation and our priorities should reflect values that strengthen our society, from the bottom up. A sound foundation is always a good investment for whatever is being built on it. Let's respect ourselves and invest in our citizens and the citizens of the future, with values that see all of us as a part of this whole nation.
Painful. Just painful.