How is it that so many people in our country feel entitled to help? Help, they insist, the government should be giving them. Help with their medical expenses, help with their food needs, help with childcare, birth control, animal care, entertainment. If people don't have the funds for things they want (and sometimes, I'll grant you, need) they government should have a program for it. When did that become the standard?
Here is what has set me off. Miss Scarlett Johansson, bless her well coiffed soul, is pissed that some Republican Congress persons want to cut funding for Planned Parenthood. She touts all the wonderful things Planned Parenthood does (offer free PAP smears, and breast exams, birth control). She fails to point out that they are the largest provider of abortions in our country, but I'll overlook that for this rant. I agree with her that it is a good organization. It should exist. Where we disagree is the idea that it should be publicly funded. If Miss Johansson, and her fabulous friends, each opened up their wallets a bit, Planned Parenthood wouldn't need government funding. And all of the people who don't like Planned Parenthood (and there are plenty of those, too) wouldn't feel like they were paying for something they don't want.
Same thing with NPR and PBS. Tons of famous rich people want those of us less well off to have exposure to public radio and television. I agree. Sesame Street is a good thing. It helps less fortunate kids get a head start on letters and numbers before they hit kindergarten (and keeps my kids from killing each other for about an hour a day). Is this the government's responsibility, though? Nope. If half the celebrities who appear on Sesame Street gave more to the cause (I'm looking at you Denzel, Stevie Wonder, Barbara Walters and Susan Sarandon) I bet the funding problems would come to a screeching halt. And, again, people who think NPR is liberal bull krappe wouldn't be paying for it at all.
Amazing thought, huh? The rich helping out the poor without having government involved at all. I don't mean they should give a $1,000 here or there. I mean, sell a mansion, and give from the bottom of your
My biggest beef with all these people is that these arguments are all just a distraction. The government needs to be out convincing people that reforms to medicaid, medicare and social security are necessary NOW. They know it, they just don't want to talk about it because it would scare the people who voted for them. It's far easier to say, "I tried to stop the liberals from giving out free abortions." then it is to say, "Hey, I know it sucks that you won't retire until you're 67, but at least they'll be a check there for you if we do it this way." They don't need to be quibbling over what pet program gets a tiny bit of the budget. Argh.
Ok, I'm getting down now. I'm sure I pissed someone off. It's tough living in a battle ground state. We get a lot of political krappe out here, and not too much in the way of the truth.