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Scrooge A Hero, Tiny Tim A Taker?

(Dave Bradley, Blog for Iowa) I would never have imagined as a kid watching Alistair Sim as the ultimate Scrooge that I would someday live in a world where people like Scrooge would be exalted. Nor could I have imagined I would live in a country that would condemn the likes of Tiny Tim as a taker. Who would have ever thought that Tim’s father, the affable Bob Cratchit, would also become a symbol of what some see as the sins of our country. Bob works hard but is paid poorly. For many today he is getting way overpaid based on the market…
Somehow Republicans in this country got the idea that they either are or have God’s answers to everything. One of the answers is that if you are not picked by God to be one of the chosen, then it appears to be their duty to make sure that you suffer on earth. Oh, they won’t join in that suffering because they have been chosen.
Just this week we had a great example of how this works. Republicans, in their role of Scrooge, negotiated a budget that cut out more payments to the unemployed…
Where once upon a time, Charles Dickens used the media of his day to air such circumstances in society of his day and got a good listening, such does not happen in our media today. Our media today is owned nearly lock, stock and barrel by the Scrooges of today…
Most of our population follow the lead of the media. Thus as a population we cheer for the rich; we don’t balk, don’t even write a letter to our congress critter when corporations and the wealthy pay taxes at a rate 1/10th of ours; and we look at the poor as the ones who are robbing us blind even though they have barely enough to eat or money for heat…
So the morality tale that Charles Dickens penned 170 years ago has little effect today.
Community: Krystal Ball did a great rant on Rand Paul’s Scrooge-like claim that helping the unemployed was bad for them. Watch the video here.
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