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Mar. 13

. . . the poor get poorer

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The rich get richer . . .

Hold onto your britches, folks, and prepare to exercise the left hemisphere of your brain. We’re diving headfirst into some numbers today.

 

Humorist Will Rogers had this to say about the relationship between the rich and the poor in America: “Sure must be a great consolation to the poor people who lost their stock in the late crash to know that it has fallen in the hands of Mr. Rockefeller, who will take care of it and see it has a good home and is never allowed to wander around unprotected again. There is one rule that works in every calamity. Be it pestilence, war, or famine, the rich get richer and poor get poorer. The poor even help arrange it.”

 

Just change the name of Rockefeller to Don Thompson, CEO of McDonald’s, to see that the picture has remained the same over the past decades. Thompson ...

Mar. 13

Stereotypes

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The Welfare Queen

We all know who the Welfare Queen is, don’t we?  She is a black woman who cheats the government by spending her food stamps on alcohol and junk food and keeps having more and more babies just so she can collect more benefits, thus having more money for the beauty shop and the nail salon and for the payments on her Cadillac and her big-screen t.v.  Oh, and don’t forget her Obamaphone that is paid for by taxpayers.

            This stigmatizing label has been around since Ronald Reagan’s 1976 presidential campaign when he brought forward the stereotypical idea of welfare fraud.  On the campaign trail, he often told the story of a particular Chicago woman:  “She has 80 names, 30 addresses, 12 Social Security cards and is collecting veteran’s benefits on 4 non-existing deceased husbands.  And ...

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Listening to the whispering pines

Hello. My name is Donna Cozart Pauley. Welcome to The Whispering Pines, a literary blog dedicated to my love of the written word. It is an eclectic collage of my life -- from my poems to my stories to my family to my pets to my causes to my photographs to my recipes to my love of teaching to my favorite literature. Please feel free to comment. Words are only important if they are heard or read. Just like those soundless trees falling in the forest.

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