There are, very roughly speaking, two kinds of people receiving government aid.

There are those who genuinely need society’s help, such as those with disabilities of one sort or another. Their expenses may be greater than other people’s and their incomes decidedly less.

There are those who are relatively well off but receiving aid anyway. Some are merely lazy but some — such as farmers — are considered too important to be subject to the usual ups and downs of a fluctuating economy.

Republicans seem convinced the biggest recipients of government aid are the lazy ones. I challenge them to provide evidence.

Mitt Romney is or pretends to be convinced that the lazy constitute 47% of Americans. They have a victim mentality and believe they deserve to be taken care of simply because they don’t want to work. They don’t even pay taxes. Hmm, if not paying taxes proves one to be a lazy bum who is taking unfair advantage of American generosity, I wonder how many of Romney’s wealthy friends qualify in that group?

Politicians throughout history have found their work easier if they can keep the people united against a common enemy. The laziest among the leaders even create false enemies, such as the Nazi hatred of the Jews.

Sometimes it seems the Far Right likes likes to use the poor among us as the Common Enemy draining our coffers. They are spreading more hatred and anger than compassion and hope. What makes it all the sadder for me is that there are so many who spread this hatred and anger while calling themselves Christian.

Yes, you’re right, the Old Testament prophets often preached judgment and condemnation, but wasn’t that usually against the wealthy who oppressed the poor?


About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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