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A Political Glossary

bcurtis639 Wrote: Jun 30, 2012 8:40 AM
I generally like Dr. Sowell. Even when I cannot completely agree with him(in these cases it is far more likely that he is right than that I am), I find him logical and articulate. In this piece I have only one issue. Does he really believe that no one in America puts every effort to provide for themselves and simply falls short? What if it had taken him three months longer to find a job when he was "hungry"? What if he had been evicted for non-payment? Does he truly belive that every person who accepts help with groceries(whether from the government or some other source) spends their money on drugs, alcohol, expensive shoes or electronic gadgets? I would like to think he is smarter than that.
AMercer Wrote: Jun 30, 2012 11:17 AM
The point is that it is supposed to be a safety net, not a lifestyle. Your examples actually fall directly into what he is saying. Those people wouldn't be on those programs for prolonged periods like most. He is not talking about everyone on the programs but rather the vast majority who abuse them and politicians who allow it to continue to get votes.
Sue56 Wrote: Jun 30, 2012 9:02 AM
How can anyone in America put forth every effort to provide for themselves when there are so many government resources available to put off earning a living? Between unemployment, food stamps, subsidized housing, school breakfast/lunch/dinner programs, etc., no one has to earn what they need to survive. They can spend their money on what they want rather than on what they need.

I believe Dr. Sowell is saying that, given the choice to eat or not eat, he would take ANY job he could find. He couldn't wait three months to find a job he liked because his stomach wouldn't allow it.
Since this is an election year, we can expect to hear a lot of words -- and the meaning of those words is not always clear. So it may be helpful to have a glossary of political terms.

One of the most versatile terms in the political vocabulary is "fairness." It has been used over a vast range of issues, from "fair trade" laws to the Fair Labor Standards Act. And recently we have heard that the rich don't pay their "fair share" of taxes.

Some of us may want to see a definition of what is "fair." But a concrete definition would...