PostScript: Robinson and the political point of cruelty
By Rachel Manteuffel
We can’t save everyone. If you really feel strongly about it, mortgage your home and start a shelter, otherwise don’t try to sound more caring than the rest of us, because you aren’t.
The wheel of fortune turns and I got really lucky. Started a high paying permanent job three weeks ago after over a year of unemployment. My time of unemployment taught me humility and compassion for those struggling in their lives and out of work. It ain’t no vacation. I am also grateful to Uncle Sam for the unemployment benefits. It wasn’t much but it sure helped.
I was laid off at 65; unemployment was about 65% of what I had been earning. Couldn’t survive on it, went to Social Security and Medicaid. Had I been 55, I would likely have been living under a bridge in Aurora, IL.
If you want an unemployment check, do some work. It could be counting paperclips. That will be more motivating than the requirements we now have.
Why don’t we build paupers’ prisons and get some WORK out of these deadbeats?
And let them eat cake.
Mr. Robinson, 168 Republicans and 163 Democrats voted to cut off benefits.
Republicans voted to extend benefits 5 times under Bush.