You’re entitled to your own house, but not to your own facts


Who, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so. He will put him in charge of all his property. If that Russia (He who puts himself first) servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with drunkards, the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day at and will punish him severely. He will assign him a place with the actors, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.

During the presidential debate of the past evening, the conservative candidate made two comments, “Mr. President, Mr. President, you’re entitled as the president to your own airplane and to your own house, but not to your own facts. All right, I’m not going to cut education funding. I don’t have any plan to cut education funding.” He had said earlier in the debate, “I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird. Actually like you, too. But I’m not going to — I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for. That’s number one.”

Big Bird and Sesame Street are education programs. He is cutting education and then he calls the president out for having his own facts, which includes his cutting of spending for education. In the Presidential Debate the liberal could have mentioned these figures as related by the Department of the Census:

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As we can see from looking at the enclosed chart, every time the conservatives have been in power, unemployment has been higher then when liberals have been in power. Before 1980, the percentage of income the poorest 50% of the population received remained constant between 24% and 27%. After 1980 that changed. It has dropped every year since, and is now a very low 19%. Since 1981, forty-two years, the liberals have had control of both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue a grand total of four years.

During the remainder of the time, conservatives have used obstruction and the President’s bully pulpit to dictate economic policy. The result has been the drop in the percentage the poorest 50% of the population received, from 27%, to the present 19%. The result has been these figures:

Two thousand people died in New Orleans because the conservatives opposed infrastructure spending. The US currently spends 2% of GDP on infrastructure while China spends 10%. If you oppose government spending on infrastructure, are you prepared to tell the bereaved relatives, “Sorry, your loved one had the bad fortune of being born. We are not entitled to adequate roads and levies?”

45,000 lives lost each year from a lack of affordable health care. If you oppose government involvement in healthcare, are you prepared to tell the bereaved relatives, “Sorry, your loved one had the bad fortune of being born. We are not entitled to government protection?”

5% of U.S. patients account for 50% of health care costs according to Zakaria from CNN. He also relates how poverty contributes to that disparity. If you oppose government involvement in healthcare, are you prepared to tell us, “Sorry, you had the bad fortune of being born. You are not entitled to reasonable access to healthcare?”

Around 50 million people live the living death of living in food-insecure households, including 17 million children. Of these individuals, 12.2 million adults and 5.4 million children lived in households with very low food security. If you oppose government efforts to end poverty, are you prepared to tell us who suffer the living death of poverty, “Sorry, you had the bad fortune of being born. You are not entitled to a redress from your suffering?”

At the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire,” 146 people died. The Hamlet Chicken Processing Plant Fire, September 3, 1991 in Hamlet North Carolina, saw locked doors, blocking workers escape. People died. If you oppose government efforts to end this problem, are you prepared to tell us, “Sorry, you had the bad fortune of being born. You are not entitled to redress?”

Two years ago, we had the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. Faulty construction contributed to the disaster. The conservatives apologized to BP for the resulting increase in government regulation. If you oppose government efforts to end this problem, are you prepared to tell us, “Sorry, you had the bad fortune of being born. You are not entitled to redress?”

The conservative’s desire to not adequately regulate industry also resulted in the Monongah Mine disaster. 362 men lost their lives in the underground explosion. The Sago Mine disaster was a coalmine explosion on January 2, 2006. Twelve people died. The Jim Walter Resources Mine Disaster in Alabama was on September 23, 2001. Thirteen miners died.

If you oppose government efforts to end this problem, are you prepared to tell us, “Sorry, you had the bad fortune of being born. You are not entitled to redress?” Our Declaration of Independence gives the purpose for government.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

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As Catholics, we believe that life is more than bare subsistence. Life is life lived in the image and likeness of God. How we treat our neighbor, is how we treat God, who is in our neighbor. Matthew 25:31-26:1 is the Address to the Nations. Matthew 26:1 begins Jesus’ Passion. As we do to the least of our neighbors we participate in Jesus’ Passion. For God and his son, this is very personal. We fail to act at our own peril. In the Presidential debate, the liberal could have mentioned this, as well.

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