Focus on the Underclass, Not the Upper Class

Jan23

By John Feehery

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Reflecting his political upbringing, Barack Obama spends an inordinate amount of his time worrying about how the rich are getting richer.

He practices envy politics.  The poor are poor not because of their own pathologies, but because the rich are getting richer.

It’s all bullshit.  The rich get rich, by and large, by making smart investments, by going to school and getting a good education, by keeping their families together, by not getting addicted to drugs or alcohol, or by having a parent who did all of those things and who passed the wealth down.

The poor stay poor because they make dumb investments (spending money they don’t have on things they don’t need), they drop out of school, they have kids out of wedlock, they get addicted to drugs or alcohol, and they usually have a parent who passes on all of those bad habits.

Barack Obama has focused almost exclusively on the rich getting richer.  He has ignored completely what often makes the poor poorer.

Obama spent his early political years as a community organizer, so he knows how poverty happens in the big city.   It is the same poverty that infects rural America.

People don’t get jobs if they can’t keep jobs.  They can’t seize opportunities if they don’t understand what they are.  They can’t get the most out of education if their parents are addicted to crack or meth or crank or pot or booze.

Single motherhood is probably the greatest predictor if a child is going to end up poor.  Single motherhood doesn’t work as a social experiment.   The government should figure out a way to discourage it from happening.

A kid can’t learn in school if he or she is worried about the gang-banger down the street.   The President has said nothing about fighting crime in crime-ridden neighborhoods.  He has said nothing about the killing spree that has infected his hometown.   Nothing.  It is stunning.

The President talks a lot about education reform and many of his ideas are good ones.  But the biggest problem facing our schools is not the teachers.  The biggest problem facing our worst schools is the students and what the students learn from their parents (or in most cases, parent).   This is not a resource problem.  This is a habits problem.

Obesity is not the biggest problem facing America.  It is a symptom of the biggest problem facing America, which is the passing down of bad habits.

Obama likes to talk about how the rich are screwing America, and how they need to be punished with higher taxes.  There are some bad actors in the upper classes, some rip-off artists, some scammers, some greedy S.O.B.’s.  But rich people, by and large, got rich because they did it the right way.

There are some poor people who have bad luck.  But most have bad habits.  And we need to teach them good habits if we want them to advance to the middle class.

4 Responses

  1. John Feehery says:

    Some people in my office believe that this post is overly harsh. Maybe. But unless we address the underlying causes of poverty, we will make no progress on it. This is not primarily an economic problem, despite the opinions of Marxist theorists. This is a spiritual and social problem that must be confronted.

  2. Mark Schnabel says:

    Kinda harsh but lots of truths. You tend to address these problems from a more humane approach than a large majority of conservatives whose compassion reaches no farther than their own family, friends and paycheck.

    With a comprehensive realistic plan to address the problems of the underclass the more quality members of the Upper class would very much want to help.

    But this would take big leadership, from big people with big power, with big thoughts and big efforts, and all done from true altruism.

    Don’t see many of those types walking around these days. Even if there were, the current vile discord in the country would drown big efforts.

    It’s sad.

  3. Jeff Davedzun says:

    I agree for the most part, but I feel Obama is purposefully contradicting his early years as a community organizer to exploit those who support him. Everyone who voted for him is willing to forget the past, and believes in his vision of the future, knowing most of his promises have been empty so far. Obama is a very smart guy. He knows exactly what to say to get what he wants, and he knows we are too stupid and lazy to stop him. He could get creative and find a solution other than raising taxes, but that is the easiest way for him to look like he is taking action to solve the debt crisis. It is easier than asking poor people to change why they are poor. I agree that if he really cared for the lower and middle class he would do more for them. We have seen Obama in the past bicker with republicans and tend to his campaign instead of tending to foreign policy crises. He does what he wants and what is easy for him, not what is right for America, and what needs to make a priority now. No one is forcing him to cut expenses to a level that is at least manageable, just like no one forced President Bush to manage our debt during his presidency. If Obama maintains his popularity, and people like him, he can do or say anything and get away with it. Obama’s core support comes from lower middle class citizens, so he wants to keep them happy by giving them handouts and tax breaks. He knows they will back him until the end if he can continue selling this illusion. Obama’s actions reflect those in his party that claim they support education reform, yet after all this money is being spent on such reform, we haven’t seen a clear improvement. It is no accident. The lack of results points to poor management of education funds by our government. Ask any grad student in the California public school system and they will point out obvious examples of how this education money never makes it where it needs to go. The reason it is an “education reform” smokescreen. By keeping poor people uneducated they are more likely to vote based on what someone promises now, rather than objectively voting based on a candidate’s tack record. They vote based on who their friends vote for, they vote based on who they like, they vote without looking up the facts because they can’t. Not only do uneducated people buy the excuses and rumors more easily, they also stereotype more frequently. Unfortunately America is still a very prejudiced country. Those that are well educated are still miseducated. How many people said “I don’t really like Obama, but I’m not going to vote for a Mormon.” This was the mentality of so many that couldn’t look past skin color, religion, sex, or other superficialities. I know several well educated Christians that could not vote for Romney despite his proven ability to balance a budget. As Thomas Jefferson said, “Bigotry is a disease of ignorance…” and education is the antidote to this bigotry. Ethical education needs to be part of this reform. Obama has invited known racist minority leaders as key note speakers during his 2012 DNC, and he actively endorses radical minority groups that tell their communities to vote along racial lines. Obama knows his supporters are uneducated or miseducated, but he exploits them anyway. He knows they will not vote based on the policies he pushed during his first term, but instead vote based on promises of education and immigration reform, whether it happens or not. They simply do not care if the economy tanks or if the budget gets balanced until they lose their job because of it. It’s not that poor people are not smart, they just lack the resources to gain this information. As long as they only have hearsay and misinformation to make decisions, the wrong candidates will run this country. Those candidates are going to do whatever they can to perpetuate this cycle until they are forced to stop.

  4. Jeff Davedzun says:

    I agree for the most part, but I feel Obama is purposefully contradicting his early years as a community organizer to exploit those who support him. Everyone who voted for him is willing to forget the past, and believes in his vision of the future, knowing most of his promises have been empty so far. Obama is a very smart guy. He knows exactly what to say to get what he wants, and he knows we are too stupid and lazy to stop him. He could get creative and find a solution other than raising taxes, but that is the easiest way for him to look like he is taking action to solve the debt crisis. It is easier than asking poor people to change why they are poor. I agree that if he really cared for the middle class he would do more for them. We have seen Obama in the past bicker with republicans and tend to his campaign instead of tending to foreign policy crises. He does what he wants and what is easy for him, not what is right for America, and what needs to make a priority now. No one is forcing him to cut expenses to a level that is at least manageable, just like no one forced President Bush to manage our debt during his presidency. If Obama maintains his popularity, and people like him, he can do or say anything and get away with it. Obama’s core support comes from lower middle class citizens, so he wants to keep them happy by giving them handouts and tax breaks. He knows they will back him until the end if he can continue selling this illusion. Obama’s actions reflect those in his party that claim they support education reform, yet after all this money is being spent on such reform, we haven’t seen a clear improvement. It is no accident. The lack of results points to poor management of education funds by our government. Ask any grad student in the California public school system and they will point out obvious examples of how this education money never makes it where it needs to go. The reason it is an “education reform” smokescreen. By keeping poor people uneducated they are more likely to vote based on what someone promises now, rather than objectively voting based on a candidate’s tack record. They vote based on who their friends vote for, they vote based on who they like, they vote without looking up the facts because they can’t. Not only do uneducated people buy the excuses and rumors more easily, they also stereotype more frequently. Unfortunately America is still a very prejudiced country. Those that are well educated are still miseducated. How many people said “I don’t really like Obama, but I’m not going to vote for a Mormon.” This was the mentality of so many that couldn’t look past skin color, religion, sex, or other superficialities. I know several well educated Christians that could not vote for Romney despite his proven ability to balance a budget. As Thomas Jefferson said, “Bigotry is a disease of ignorance…” and education is the antidote to this bigotry. Ethical education needs to be part of this reform. Obama has invited known racist minority leaders as key note speakers during his 2012 DNC, and he actively endorses radical minority groups that tell their communities to vote along racial lines. Obama knows his supporters are uneducated or miseducated, but he exploits them anyway. He knows they will not vote based on the policies he pushed during his first term, but instead vote based on promises of education and immigration reform, whether it happens or not. They simply do not care if the economy tanks or if the budget gets balanced until they lose their job because of it. It’s not that poor people are not smart, they just lack the resources to gain this information. As long as they only have hearsay and misinformation to make decisions, the wrong candidates will run this country. Those candidates are going to do whatever they can to perpetuate this cycle until they are forced to stop.

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