W stands for Welfare
Is it me, or does George W. Bush remind you of the divorced father who sees his kids every other weekend and compensates with the most expensive toys he can buy? George feels bad and I have to pay? George has lived a life of privilege, then witnesses poverty, feels guilty and our children are saddled with the debt? Is Bush Yiddish for Kennedy?
If there is one lesson we've learned from LBJ (Bush's apparent mentor) is that throwing money at the poor doesn't do anything but insure more poverty. Must we live through another generation that will learn to live welfare check to welfare check? Human nature dictates providing for yourself and your family is addictive and builds character, self esteem and pride. Waiting for someone to take care of you produces the results we've seen but ignored in New Orleans for more than thirty years, section eight house after section eight house.
There are many reasons we haven't seen the chaos witnessed in New Orleans in other weather ravaged cities. Watching people sitting on bridges and highways while others dehydrated on public lawns are indicative of people who are used to having everything provided for them. If my family were literally dying from lack of food or water, I would move heaven and earth to feed them. Instead we watched as people sat and waited for "government" to help them as government has done all of their lives, and their parent’s lives and so on. It's easy to blame them for their inaction, it's inexcusable to allow our government to ingrain apathy in yet another generation.
I believe the most important duty as an American, or a human being is to help someone when they are in need. The American people are the most charitable people in the world and we have the debt to prove it. By throwing money with the laughable controls of the U.S. government is example number 643 why Bush is anything but a conservative.
Ask not what you're country can do for you" was JFK's motto while Reagan's mantra "Government isn't part of the problem, government is the problem" resonated well with true conservatives. Both men knew what W doesn't, give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for life. George's motto has become "Give a man a fish, cheese, housing and food stamps and keep giving it to him until you assuage your guilt."