Monday, June 16, 2014

"I Want The President To Help..."

Several weeks back, on one of his typical fund raising and public relations tours, President Obama made an appearance at a WalMart in Mountain View, California. I read an article several days later about a woman who wrote to concerning her tough situation because the job she has at that WalMart doesn't pay enough. She wants the President to fix it. I'm not sure how he's supposed to do that - maybe by signing an Executive Order that commands corporations to raise their wages regardless of what it will do to their business. Here is the letter she wrote:

When I woke up to see the news I could hardly believe it: President Obama is planning a visit to the Mountain View Wal-Mart where I work.

But the excitement quickly passed when I found out the store would be shutting down hours in advance of his visit. I wouldn’t be able to tell the president what it’s like to work at Wal-Mart and what it’s like to struggle on low wages, without the hours I need. I am living at the center of the income inequality that he speaks about so often, and I wanted to talk to him about how to change this problem.

Things have always been tight. After four years working at Wal-Mart in Mountain View, I am bringing home about $400 every two weeks (I’d like to get more hours, but I’m lucky if I work 32 hours a week). That’s not enough to pay for bills, gas and food. All I can afford to eat for lunch is a cup of coffee and a bag of potato chips. I’ve always done everything possible to stretch paychecks and scrape by. Sometimes it means not getting enough to eat.

I wanted to tell the president I am scared. I am scared for my health. I am scared for the future for my grandkids. And I am scared and sad about the direction that companies like Wal-Mart are taking our country.

I want the president to help us and tell Wal-Mart to pay us enough to cover the bills and take care of our families. That doesn’t seem like too much to ask from such a profitable company, a company that sets the standard for jobs in this country. And I hope it’s not too much to ask from a president who believes that income inequality is the defining challenge of our time.

I feel badly for this woman. Not only does she not make enough money but she mistakenly believes the President is worried about "income inequality." President Obama doesn't care about her and how much she makes. If he had his way fewer people in this great nation would have wealth and more and more people would be in this woman's income bracket. That way the President could keep more people dependent on government, which is one of his ultimate goals.

Keeping people dependent on government means they will continue to vote for the government officials who will give them the most in free stuff. It is the goal of liberal progressives to make as many people dependent as possible. "Income redistribution", a phrase thrown around by liberal socialists, doesn't mean making everyone wealthy. It means taking money from the middle class and upper middle class so they move down to the level of those who are already dependent on the government.

Some people are hateful and envious of those who have more money than they. They believe it will be a good thing of those "wealthy" people have their money taken away. But what they don't really understand is that in a socialist government you are still going to have the very wealthy at the top. They will be the ones running things while the rest become simple peasants. So what, exactly, are you fixing? What you're trying to do is create more peasants.

Capitalism isn't perfect. It is mostly run by greed. But in a capitalistic society everyone has the opportunity to succeed with ambition, hard work and discipline. It's one of the things that has made this country great and made us a world leader. At least, until our current President decided we don't need to be a world leader anymore.

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