We seem to live by buzzwords and platitudes without examining the depth of claims or the true source of our concerns.
Politicians are good at creating and propagandizing these words. Four years ago we began with “unaffordable” health care and with that charged ahead not to truly make health care affordable, but to subsidize the current system.
The “war on poverty” did not eliminate or even significantly reduce poverty, but made those in poverty more comfortable; a cruel hoax that perpetuated the state of poverty. For example, why do we continue to isolate and stigmatize the poor in Medicaid when they could enroll in an Obamacare exchange like everyone else?
Today the word is “inequality.” Of course there is inequality. The facts show that great wealth is concentrated in relatively few people, but is that the real problem? No matter; inequality will be used in efforts to redistribute wealth as if there is a finite amount of wealth and much of it has been taken unfairly from the masses.
Shouting “inequality” gets attention and sells to the uninformed. It does nothing to help those in need. Do we really want equality of income and wealth? Rather, we want programs that actually prepare Americans at all levels for jobs and with the ability to progress to higher levels. This can be done moving spending from current outdated programs benefiting people who don’t need it to programs targeted at getting people out of the poverty cycle.
But even this is only part of the equation. Nothing will work without the drive, motivation, initiative and effort of those we desire to help. That may seem obvious, but after years, even generations, of being motivated to the status quo, the obvious may not be easy for many people to express.