Op-ed piece exposed myths about poverty
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kudos to Gary Zuckett and his wonderfully written op-ed in the Sept. 17 Gazette. His "Hunger games in Congress" illustrates a fine tuned understanding and truth about the nonsense that's become a hallmark of this Congress.
Zuckett's truth talk needs to be trumpeted throughout the country. There is a belief in this country that "the poor don't want to work." There are members of Congress who promote this belief through a steady stream of propaganda and actions. These are the folk who are elected to represent all of us! (Nod and wink)
My work in the hills of West Virginia as well as the Mid-South Delta region has taught me a few things about poverty and the human spirit. Don't ever underestimate spirit in the face of adversity. People will always find a way to survive, and their survival may be against the values that we have set as a standard. In other words, inside or outside of the system, there is a path. If members of Congress believe that the so-called underclass of people in this country deserve to suffer and be cut off of SNAP benefits, local communities will feel the effects in a very hard way.
This country continues to bleed living wage skilled jobs to offshore locations, and it is unconscionable to believe and promote the idea that "the poor don't want to work!" It's nonsense. This belief has now morphed into the poor don't need to eat!
We need to wake up and get a shot of truth serum. Low and minimum wage replacement jobs in the marketplace have not and will not keep up with the cost of living. Wages remain stagnant for the majority of people. We are creating more poor people through this method of employment! Evidence is all around in commissioned reports, U.S. government reports, local and community reports, foundation reports and reports of reports!
Contrary to propaganda, it's not about all of us being taxed to death but about those not paying their fair share through corporate loopholes. Insult is then added to injury by some of those same tax dodgers who extract local industry jobs and send them abroad. Communities have been devastated, and once thriving local economies have become wastelands or are in a daily struggle just to keep operating above the waterline. A thin tax base will do that to a community.
If those in Congress don't understand the REAL storyline about people in this country, they need to be replaced with problem solvers who can work together. We the people also need to stop taking the propaganda bait when it's thrown out to confuse us about solvable work, health and welfare issues. We deserve better!