I’ll tell you what the disaster in New Orleans has taught me: To survive in this world today, you need to be rich.
This world is no longer a place for the poor. No one listens to the poor. Funny, in New Orleans, the rich live on the high ground and the poor live near the water. Funny, in my very wealthy county, the rich live on the Coast, where there are no hurricanes, and the poor live inland.
I’ve learned that in an emergency, if you’re poor, there’s no one to count on. The fact that people drowned in their own homes is society’s sin. Sure, we can point fingers at George Bush, but we all elected him and we all let him be elected.
America’s philosophy isn’t to take care of the poorest of the poor. It’s to float the rich in hopes that they’ll do the right thing. Well, the rich just keep getting richer and more of the middle class is falling into the poor category, aspiring to be rich. Household incomes haven’t increased in five straight years.
But hey, we want our stocks to go up, we want to continue to buy our $200 jeans, so we elect someone who’s good for business. America needs a new attitude and a new backbone. America has Osteoporosis.
Business does all right by itself. They don’t need money, resources or education. They don’t float anyone’s boats except for their own. We need to start focusing on ways to lift the people who have the least not the people who have the most.
But I suspect when it all blows over, we’ll all just go shopping.