Three cheers for Sister Simone Campbell, who appeared on The O’Reilly Factor tonight, and went toe to toe with Bill O’Reilly over helping the poor. O’Reilly tried to argue that because poverty has increased, that’s proof that social welfare programs haven’t worked. Sister Simone wasn’t buying it. She told O'Reilly in no uncertain terms that the problem is stagnant wages.
Sister Simone’s best line was at the end:
If it’s because of flat wages then it’s about time we addressed the issue of wages. That’s what Jesus would say: pay to the laborer what his worth is. Let’s do it.
The problem I have been noticing amongst politicians from both sides of the aisle, as well as a LOT of average Americans, is that they want to run the country on IDEALS instead of realities. And, as Alexander Tytler is misquoted as saying, "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury.
“From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits [ideals] from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.”
This is evident RIGHT NOW, with the skyrocketing deficit. I hate to take people off of cloud nine, but as the old adage goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.