Part of the problem in this country is that we help every other country but our own. Here we are in one of the worst economic messes we have ever witnessed, and we are still sending Billions of U.S. dollars over seas to small countries. In return, we do very little for the thousands of Americans right here at home in desperate need of help. There are very few requirements imposed on those receiving American dollars over seas. But the guidelines for the barest minimum of help to those in real need right here are not only extensive, but in too many cases unattainable. That in itself is tragic. Not only tragic but in my opinion unacceptable.
Let me give you an example of one such case of a friend of ours. She is 71, retired, has a minimum Social Security income. She barely gets by. Here in my home State, it is cold. We have already had more snow and bitter cold combined than we had in the whole of last winter. Yet, her home is coming apart, literally at the seams. She says the walls are weak, the roof sagging and leaking. The house is drafty, and while she still has heat, electricity, and water, she states she wonders when the whole house will come down around her.
She needs the roof repaired. It’s in bad shape considering the effect of several leaks. She needs gutters. This has impacted the walls, thus the structural stability of the entire house. She needs to update her electricity in order to bring the house up to code. It is an old home. But to her it is home. But, because of the condition of the house, and because it is uninsurable, (because she does not have updated electricity and gutters), in short her house is not up to code. In speaking to one case worker she said “That is why I’m here, to get help with these things”. Well the worker allegedly replied, “Yeah, and if you had it up to code you wouldn’t be here asking for help. How true…How true.
Now, consider if you will, the Billions we send over sea’s to help people with no plumbing, no electricity, or even running water. They suffer from hunger as well. We build them an up to date home. Provide medical attention, feed them and their families, and train them for gainful employment. If that does not or can not work, well we bring them here to America to live the good life.
Now, I am not saying we should not help and provide charity for those in other countries an ocean away from us. But I am saying that charity begins at home. We can’t even help our own. Or is it we won’t even help our own. Yet, we spend billions of tax payer dollars overseas and leave our own citizens in such dire straights.
Perhaps it is time we start taking care of the millions of older low-income seniors in our own country. Maybe it is time we stop imposing stupid guidelines that are unattainable. Maybe it is time for us to consider our own first and then reaching out to others over seas. Maybe we should practice the idea that “Charity begins at home”.
That’s my point of view……I look forward to your insights on the issues of the day.
Have a great night and as usual………God Bless America!