Wednesday, November 6, 2013

From the Dirty Irish

Posted on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Why do friends and relatives posting conservative propaganda not realize that at one time or another every single one of our family members had to use food stamps temporarily, or federal student loans, or publicly supported medical insurance? With only family resources we'd have suffered more, and more would be dead by now. Without public education our girls could not have gone to school. If there was no such thing as food stamps I'd have had to prostitute to feed my kids since my parents did not arrange good marriages. If we had been required to pay cash on the day of our grandmother's stroke she'd have been dead years earlier! So when I see postings criticizing the use of public funds to help people who need it, I'm aghast.

Public resources belong to all. Emergencies happen. When did people become so greedy and stingy and hard-hearted? I was taught faith demands compassion. How can anyone who claims to be a Christian be so unkind? We all sacrifice to pay our taxes and I'd pay twice as much to feed children and seniors and poor people—instead of making war all over the globe and creating more widows and orphans and poor people. Why is it so hard to understand that if we educate our neighbor's children it makes the world a better place for our own children, too?

And since I'm expressing my opinions, let me say how offensive it is to hear people labeled "illegal." From now on I'm going to point out that is an overt insult to your own ancestors (unless you are Native American). My people were called Dirty Irish when they came to America, were held in contempt and taken advantage of because they weren't born here. That same prejudice drives attitudes today.

Cheryl Wolfe


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