My wife, Joan, and I have enjoyed watching our backyard bird bath. I swish it out and fill it each day. On occasion, there will be up to a half dozen robins all chirping and trying to maintain their portion of space. Other varieties of birds try their best to get into the action.
Ah, yes. Blissful mornings with the backyard bird scene, two hungry Chihuahuas, a famished cat and a Leonard Pitts column. What else could an old partisan hope for?
Last week, the American News published a Leonard Pitts Jr. column that helped get me going for the day. When I’m talking back to the morning newspaper and my wife wants to know what’s going on, I just tell her Leonard is in the paper.
Pitts received a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2004. “In defense of the 47 percent” was the headline the American News used for his latest column.
He ripped Mitt Romney. That’s understandable. I’m going to, too.
Replace your speechwriters, Mitt! Your terminology in a secretly taped speech was terrible. However, saying that 47 percent of people in the country receive some sort of government aid, which does not include untaxed Social Security and Medicare, is true.
Romney should be talking about the 100 percent of us being led to a social-economic system that history has proven fails, creating equality of poorness for all except for the tyrants ruling us.
Pitts told us about Sharkara Peters, a 35-year-old single mother of two. It would have been nice had he told us if she was divorced, widowed or never married. Why? Ms. Peters, after being asked what President Barack Obama should do for folks in her economic situation, said, “Obama needs to do something about girls on welfare that just sit up and have baby after baby and never try to better themselves.” Hey wait! I need more information here. If Peters is one of the newborns-born-out-of-wedlock moms, one would be compelled to say, “Huh? But you just said . . . ”
Pitts alluded to other folks who have come on hard times, along with another mom who is raising four girls on $694 a month plus food stamps. He ignored other subsistences such as housing, Head Start, Medicaid, education assistance, and on and on.
Why do our nation’s tax policies for the poor encourage single-parent homes? Why do we advocate food stamps for increasing numbers of folks, housing subsistence, an ever-growing Medicaid program, etc.?
My guess: Certainly, it is a very complex problem, but the attempts of good politics and dependency-enslaving benevolence on the national level is a major part of it.
My creatures and accordion beckon . . .
Perk Washenberger, Aberdeen, a retired real estate broker and business owner, now musically entertains people in senior living and care centers and at community events. Write to him at email@example.com.