Hard work equates to being wealthy since when?
if hard work equals wealth, well.....
not a political rant, but still a rant
I try not to do political rants anymore because, well, that is the politicians and wealthy business owners world, not mine. Recently the candidates (you guess who) and their speeches have driven home just how much they are out of touch with reality. They do know reality, but it is only the reality of their own making, not the reality of a real world scenario.
While this is not a political rant, so to speak, it is a rant about how some people view reality. I recently read a piece written by a person who has money, probably, and more than likely never went without a dime in their life. If they ever did go without, I must say their memory is short at best then.
It was a piece about 'how can liberals....blah, blah, blah' and then proceeded to say how our country has been ruined by liberals and poor people. Really? Do tell!
most of the world's land is worked by women
if only hard work did equal wealth
"In reality, 97% of the world's land is worked by women. Yet nearly 100% of that same land is owned by men." Anonymous quote
When I read about 'hard work equals wealth' I simply want to toss my lunch. Reading those statements trigger my natural gag reflex and makes my stomach churn like no other statements can. If it were true, wealth comes from hard work, then I guess nearly every woman in the entire world would be and should be, fabulously wealthy. But of course, those of us in the real world know this is not true. Why? Well wealth is not always, in fact these days, hardly ever, the result of hard work. Most of the time it is about exploitation, especially exploitation of the working poor. Yes, I understand that for many, working and the word poor, leaves a bad taste in their mouth.
When people say 'those people who work in poverty know what the score is' I truly feel like slapping some sense into them. What do those working poor know? They know the reality of being lifted from grinding poverty working a land that produces little income, to now working for a corporation, being sold (maybe by themselves even) into another form of grinding poverty, it is called modern slavery.
no such thing as Supermom
no supermoms in reality
"Every mother is a working woman." Another anonymous quote
I love this quote because as a Social Worker, I had this quote on my car as a bumper sticker. I cannot tell you all the women who read it and approached me with a comment. Women would say: "love that sticker' or give me the thumbs up and some would say: "Right on Sistah!" But women did appreciate the quote and they also got it. Not one man, in all the time I posessed that sticker, ever commented on it at all. What do you suppose the social implications of that is?
what about the American gadget makers?
Now this brings us to the notions of people out of touch with reality saying: "Well what about guys like Steve Jobs who got rich from hard work alone?" My question has to be: "Got rich by who's hard work alone?" I still maintain that no one, count em, no one, got rich or to a position of wealth all alone. They had to use other people's monies, someone to buy their products, usually by making those products cheaply and selling them at a huge profit.
Look at the Chinese workers, being exploited in our modern times. A time that has not seen the likes of this mass slave labor probably since our Civil War era. Is this living for those workers? Is placing safety nets off of rooftops outside of Chinese factories so workers cannot fling themselves off the roof and commit suicide, your idea of 'living?' Is being crammed into cramped dorm rooms, four to a room, with strangers, not allowed to go home each day, and forced to buy their personal items from the Same company, living? Is being stuck at your station, much like we force chickens to live in cages to produce eggs, and force calves to live in little boxes to produce veal, your idea of living? Is a 34 hour work day at 33 cents an hour the way You care to live? If so, then, my Friend, we have vastly different ideas of 'living the life.'
If Chinese workers try to form unions, they face a 12 year prison sentence. But from slave dorm rooms to a prison cell does not look much different to me.
those damned poor people dragging America down
Really? Well some states have decided to drug test poor people who apply for Welfare benefits. As a Social Worker, I must remind all of you that the term Welfare is not a dirty word, the term means 'to fare well' but too many politicians, trying to drive a wedge and create class warfare, will make it seem like a dirty word.
Florida enacted that drug test law and know what they found out? They discovered that only 2% of the poor applying for benefits tested positive. Well well, the other 98% were clean as a whistle. Wish we could say the same for politicians. Ha! Yet, in Indiana, when other politicians included the law for legislators to be drug tested in order to keep their jobs, that bill was defeated and one of the legislators who voted against it in Indiana, was the very one who proposed that nice, tidy bill. Gee, they have something they care to tell us?
as the saying goes
So saying that hard work alone produces wealth is like saying: 'Famine and hunger is caused by lack of food." Also a myth, when, in fact, our Earth produces more than enough food for all. The problem, creating hunger, is exploitation of food, food not getting where it is supposed to get to and food sitting in storage bins of political entities and rotting because, I suppose it's better to sit and rot than to be in the bellies of starving children.
So, to sum it up, you can understand, I hope, why all of those statements trigger my natural gag reflex. thank you for reading and comments are more than welcome here.
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