Monday, November 17, 2014

One in 30 U.S. children is homeless!

Republican advice for any financial problem is: 

borrow money if you have to from your parents

Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates will tell you, if you need money for anything, why just borrow it from your parents.

For instance, if you’re young and you want to start your own business, Romney has some advice from you: Borrow money from your parents. At a “lecture” for students at Otterbein University in Ohio, Mitt Romney told students that his friend started a business by borrowing $20,000 from his parents at a low interest rate. Romney suggested anyone in the audience could do the same:

This kind of devisiveness, this attack of success, is very different than what we’ve seen in our country’s history. We’ve always encouraged young people: Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business.

That flippant advice fits right into the characterization that Romney and the Republican Party are completely out of touch with regular people. They don't even realize that most students don’t have parents with $20,000 in disposable capital sitting around to give to their kids to start a business--or to keep them and their families from being homeless.

This country has taken a terrible downslide since Reagan and his "trickle-down Reaganomics" became the rule in our country.  Deregulation of corporations, leading to obscene wealth for the richest--and poverty for the middle class and already poor are the result. Greed without compassion is the legacy of Reagan and the ilk that followed him.  That ilk now rules the John Roberts Supreme Court, which gave us Citizens United in their 2010 decision allowing unlimited corporate and union spending on political issues.  Americans have now been told, as Mitt Romney said, "Corporations are people, my friend."   In that act, the Supreme Court endorsed corporate personhood -- holding that business firms have rights to all personal freedoms, including even religious freedom under federal law. Not only do corporations have rights, but because they also have much more money and lobbyists to buy what they want, their rights are stronger than yours.

Thanks, Republicans, for all the "freedoms" you claim to cherish.  Seems the cherishing goes only as far as freedoms for corporations and the wealthiest citizens.  The cutoff comes at personal freedoms for the middle class and the poor.