Pimps in Pinstripes, Prostitutes in Pearls and the Forgotten Poor
By Tony R. Wafford
I can hear some of you now, "What or who is Tony Wafford getting ready to talk about now?" Well you can bet it's not those people you usually think of when you hear the words pimps and whores (hoes). Although a number of groups and individuals have been lumped together in that same category for many years; and you know who you are, the pimps and hoes I'm talking about in this article are our elected officials. Now I'm not talking about the entire electorate, so those of you that are trying to do right by the people shouldn't have an issue with this article. But like my Grandfather has always said, "If you throw a brick into a pack of pigs, the one that hollers is the one you hit".
What I'm talking about is the issue of extended unemployment benefits for nearly 2 million people. I would say "American" people, but we all know that there is no way this government would even BLINK at helping 2 million unemployed "Americans", right? So, this makes me wonder, why is it that the Black unemployment rate is now 16.3 percent in a post-racial society.
I read that some Republicans and a small number of Democrats say they're not against continuing benefits for the unemployed, but they want the government's spending to be reduced by the same amount. We all know what that means if they do extend the unemployment benefits; other poor people, children, the elderly and the disable will have to suffer some major cuts.
One pimp, along with his colleagues of hoes, said that extending the unemployment benefits, which by the way only averages out to be $310 a week per person ($1,240.00 per month), is seen by many experts as a way to prop-up consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of the nation's economic activity. Then, when you add to the mix, nut groups like FreedomWorks who opposes extending the unemployment benefits, arguing that the payments keep the jobless from accepting work and thus keep the unemployment rate high, as if a person working didn't earn more than $1,240.00 per month while working. So the hell with people let them apply for welfare so we can save that $1,240.00 a month!
Let me see if I got this right...? A family of 4 on welfare, 'because that's just where all those people are going when their unemployment benefits are cut off', welfare will pay them up to $900 a month to pay their mortgage, rent, car payment, utility, insurance, child care, etc. They can then look forward to receiving up to $500 per month in food stamps $125.00 a week to feed their family. Now, I don't know about you, but who in the hell can feed a family of four on $125.00 a week, unless you're going to McDonalds, Taco Bell or Burger King once a day. And if you do that in an effort to try and make the money last, these same heartless b^%$#@ will call the Department of Children and Family Services on you for not feeding your children food with good nutritional value.
So now the government is willing to pay out a grand total of $1,400.00 a month in welfare payments. It's now costing us an additional $160.00 a month per person, so we really didn't save #$@& but we did manage to destroy people's self-esteem, belief in America and their belief in the electoral process and politicians. Thomas Jefferson had it right when he said, "I tremble for my country when I think that God is just, and his justice will not sleep forever".
Have you also noticed that if the democrats would just concede to extending the Bush tax cuts, the Pimps would then "think" about extending unemployment benefits; hell, these homophobic, narcissistic, heartless Americans (smile), are even willing to think about the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell if they can continue to make their rich friends richer. I think it's only fair to extend the Bush tax cuts, because just maybe some of us will be able eat the crumbs that will surely fall from the table of the rich. The saddest thing of all is that neither side has said that if we extend the unemployment benefits, just maybe some people won't lose their homes, just maybe a child will be able to eat another week, just maybe some 2 million Americans will be able to go to bed believing that we are a nation that truly believes that this really is the greatest nation on earth.
I don't know if America is in fact the greatest nation on earth, but what I do know is that God will judge us all by how we treated the most vulnerable among us, the ill and aged, the children, the disabled and the poor. And just maybe the unemployed would fit in here somewhere.