In the battle over health care reform one thing has been made clear. A majority of Americans don’t want to pay for a public option that will assure quality health care for those who don’t have a nice lawn, let alone any lawn at all. Liberal leaning Democrats want to assure that we stitch together one of the largest holes in our social safety net for our least fortunate citizens. Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats seem to believe that if you slip through the health care hole it’s because you’re too lazy to get a job with insurance or perhaps because you’ve offended God.
An anonymous poster wrote this on one of my town’s local blogs. It pretty much summarizes and all too common belief (emphasis added):
One one end Obama bails out billion dollar corporations and on the other end is the expanded hand outs to those who the moonbats feel were just dealt a bad hand in life. What it really amounts to is buying votes. Guess who will pay for it?
Conscience is defined as an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior. Most people have a conscience that leads them to "do unto others as you’d have others do unto you" when it comes to those who are actually in their lives.
A large segment of our population has no social conscience. They are represented by those going to the town hall meetings during the congressional recess who are expressing outrage that their taxes may go to pay for the health care of those who, unlike them, don’t already have health insurance.
Where is their inner voice telling them that there’s a rightness and wrongness when it comes to a greater morality than looking out for themselves?
Don’t they know that they are one downsizing layoff in their own jobs from being without health insurance themselves?
The "no new taxes" mantra, often shouted at rallies by God fearing Christians has a very unchristian sub-text. It is "I won’t pay for programs to help those who I don’t think deserve it".
Clink to enlarge especially to view his one inch fingernails.
Last week I sat eating a delicious pizza on the second floor balcony of Pizzeria Uno at Washington’s beautiful taxpayer renovated Union Station. I looked down and watched this man just below me. I watched dozens of people walking past him as if he was invisible.
The three part irony of this photo: a newspaper article about tax breaks, a Union Station bench with a brass plaque saying "thank you for not reclining" and the lunch of the man shown above who would benefit from some professional outreach case management.
I thought that I could easily offer him the last two slices of my pizza, far more nutricious than what he was eating or give him $5.00, but as I documented with pictures in my previous column, "Washington, District of Contrasts"
, I’d already seen numerous homeless people around our nation’s capital.
I felt guilty even though their plight wasn’t my doing. After all, for my entire life I have voted for candidates that supported progressive social programs.
Do many others feel at least a momentary pang of guilt? I’d like to think so.
I tried to do my bit with my photo essay last week. I’m following it up with this column.
I can only hope some of you will share these columns with friends who might be amenable to rethinking their views not only about assuring health care for all, but making certain that adequate outreach programs are available for people like these American women:
Click to enlarge for full impact.