I have no doubt that Conservatives provide charity to the poor and help other people through generous donations and contributions. Canned goods and clothes meet a temporary need and I’m sure are appreciated. However, more needs to be done in order to continue providing a means for American people to help themselves. Conservatives can help break the cycle of poverty by supporting policies that will enable Americans to HELP THEMSELVES. These Conservative bastions of the deficit (aka deficit hawks) are only interested in protecting the top wage earners – the wealthiest 2% of Americans.
Generally, people don’t want a free hand out; they want the means to help themselves. Quite simply most people want a level playing field upon which they can earn a decent living wage, have affordable health care and educational opportunities for themselves and their families.
Conservatives always try to block policies that help middle class Americans thrive and make it through the tough times. We have a Congress filled with Conservatives - mostly in the Republican Party. Republicans have voted against health reform, financial reforms, an extension of unemployment benefits, against preventing the outsourcing of jobs to other countries and against equal pay for women. All of these laws that will shore up the dwindling middle class, Conservatives are against. The right wing consistently chips away at the foundation of what has kept the middle class thriving and strong: JOBS.
Conservatives have so many think tanks, constantly scheming up ways to control how much factual information is received by the public. A majority of the media is corporate owned by Conservative corporatists who work in conjunction with these think tanks. These conservative think tanks seek only to manipulate voters and keep them blinded by fear. Using social issues on abortion, immigration, gay marriage, fear of Sharia law, fascism, socialism, etc. has been pivotal in helping sway voters to go against their better interests. All of the buzz words and phrases “Obamacare”, “big government”, “death panels”, “tax increases”, “job killing” have been very affective when swaying the base of the Republican Party as well as Independents.
These think tanks have also fooled right wingers into believing allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire will hurt them and that it will not produce jobs. Most of us with a brain know that the wealthiest corporations have enjoyed the Bush tax cuts for a decade and have not produced jobs.
The following are some of the most popular right wing think tanks that do not produce viable solutions to resolve the economic problems Americans face. If they really cared about families and freedom they would be in favor of policies that protect jobs and health reforms.
The Cato Institute – Libertarian Think Tank (initially funded by Koch Industries)
The Heritage Foundation – Conservative American Think Tank (also corporate funded)
FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) – A think tank that helped create the offensive, racist SB 1070 law in Arizona.
We cannot forget Conservative annual conferences Values Voter Summit and CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) where more time is spent bashing the “Liberal Agenda”, President Obama and any policy that will help Americans thrive. [Zero solutions produced and no jobs created that I know of.]
Conservatives are only trying to protect what they value most: MONEY. With unlimited wealth they can buy the politicians they want. With unlimited wealth they can manipulate voters with attack ads against candidates that would actually work for the American people.
To make matter worse – out came the Tea Party an Astroturf movement supported by Koch Industries and the machinations of Dick Armey (Freedom Works Chairman, former Republican House Majority leader).
Conservative and Republican policies have not helped our nation thrive. If they want to help American families they need to stop allowing corporations to ship manufacturing jobs overseas. They need to stop standing in the way of health reforms that will make health care more affordable for all people. Education should not be cut because it’s another avenue for the poor to help themselves out of poverty.
Donating money, used clothes and food to shelters is great but the help our nation needs must go further still. There’s an old Chinese Proverb that says “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” I think we need to apply this same principle to rebuilding our country and helping those less fortunate.