Each Sunday morning the liberal Gannett owned Arizona Republic publishes a sob story. It is always at least a two page spread that begins on the front page. One week the story's about an illegal Mexican family of six, just trying to make it in hard-hearted America. The Mexican family bemoans the fact that the family breadwinner is forced to use a stolen Social Security Number, that he's forced to take his salary in cash, that the family has to make do on only half of a citizen's food stamp allotment because only half of their children are anchor babies, and that they are forced to go to the local Hospital ER for their medical needs. And, worst of all, the food banks often run out of their favorite tortillas and salsa. The illegal Mexican story is our newspaper's favorite.
Today's paper was a slight bit different. The two page spread this week was a sad story about a single mother of four who is trying to find acceptable housing after receiving her Section 8 voucher. The paper bemoans the fact that her $1800 dollar per month Section 8 voucher, that her $925 dollar Food Stamp allotment, and her $2500 dollar per month welfare check simply does not stretch very far when you're trying to feed and shelter four children.....even as those children are given free pre-school, all day kindergarten, free school breakfasts and lunch and a Medicaid card that requires not even a $12 dollar co-pay for a doctor visit.
Well, being accustomed to these sob stories, I took all of this in with a measure of calm, without a single pull on what hair is left on my head. But then the sob story mentioned that this lady is pregnant with her 5th child....without a father in sight to support his spermal offal.
It was at this point when the hair started falling like rain from my gray old head and I wondered when this liberal rag would gin up a story some day about a working blue collar family whose paying the freight for this huge army of gravy train riders out there.
And I wondered about that inevitable day when China cuts off our line of credit by ceasing to purchase $2 trillion dollars of our government bonds...where then will we go to fund that long gravy train?
My guess is ...never.
Sad. Damned Sad.