The American Dilemma and How We Can Fix It

If I were a bookmaker, I’d lay 10/1 that George Zimmerman will be found guilty on at least some charge.  I’d feel very confident in that bet – and it has nothing to do with my review of the trial or the evidence which has been presented.  It has to do with the culture that is ever-present today in American society.

It is the culture that must find in the scapegoat “racism” the diversion to distract us from the fact that the policies that so-called liberals have put in place over decades have created a permanent, impoverished, uneducated underclass to which the majority of our black (or if you prefer African-American) citizens belong.  It is a tragedy, and anyone who has ever voted in Congress to expand or extend “welfare” rather than devise a program of “workfare” should, in my mind, be arrested, tried, convicted and jailed for life without possibility of parole.

I mentioned this in a much earlier post but an experience from my days in the temporary help business bears repeating – particularly in light of this trial and the overall culture we find in America today.  It is a story about a young black woman who responded to an ad and who was looking for employment.

One of our best clients, the Quaker Oats Company needed someone to do filing and make copies on their Xerox equipment.  The position was scheduled to last for two months but there was a good possibility that they might hire the individual permanently.

Most of the people whom we put out on assignment had extensive skills, far beyond the level of this position so our list of potential candidates to fill this spot was limited which is why we advertised the job.  The day after the ad appeared in “The Chicago Tribune” a young woman arrived at our office to apply for the position.  I interviewed her myself.

Because I was interested in maintaining my relationship with the client, I was willing to take a loss on this job and planned on paying the applicant far more than the going rate – specifically, I would offer a salary of three dollars over minimum wage – minimum wage or a few cents more being what the position was worth in the market.

I sat down with this young woman who was 22 years old.  She was dressed very appropriately for a job interview.  It was obvious that she had taken the time to try to put herself forward in the best possible light.  She seemed eager to find a job and, in fact, was the first one to respond.  I liked that about her.

She did not have a high school diploma – owing to the fact that the first of her children was born when she was 17.  She also had two younger kids.  Nevertheless, she seemed quite bright – and I was impressed with her attitude.  She wanted to do better for herself and her children.

After decades of interviewing people, sometimes you just have to go by gut feelings rather than documentation and I wanted to give her a chance to enter the work force.  (Other than having done some babysitting, she had never held a job).  So I offered her the position and told her what it would pay.

As I said, she was bright.  She asked how many hours a week she would be able to work so I told her 37-1/2.

She did some rough multiplication and came up with her weekly gross earnings.

Then she looked at me and said, “You know, I would really like to take this job but I can’t afford to.  I know there’s taxes going to come out of this, and I’d have to spend on carfare to get to and from, and I’d have to pay a baby sitter, and if I take this I would lose my welfare and Medicaid and one of the babies has got the colic.  I just can’t afford to take this job.”

I nearly cried.  This young woman was exactly correct.  It made no monetary sense for her to accept this job – and if not this one, certainly not any other at minimum wage.  Thus we had condemned her to a life on the public dole – a life in which she had only dependence and could never develop self-respect.  What a tragedy.

That interview haunted me for days and while I will not say it was the “Eureka moment” which caused me to march to a conservative way of thinking (I was already there), it certainly reinforced my belief that was the correct path.

That interview occurred about 20 years ago.  It would be incorrect for me to say that nothing has changed.  It has – and for the worse.  And every time politicians expand a welfare benefit, they tighten their grasp and twist the noose around the necks of those whom they need for the sole reason of getting themselves re-elected.

There is an obvious solution to this problem – so simple that you don’t need a PhD. in Economics to understand it.  Here it is.

Rather than cut off a person from welfare and Medicaid because they have found employment, simply reduce those benefits by a percentage, based on their earnings on their job.  In that way, the person is going to have significantly more money to take home and spend and will have an incentive to seek employment.  The other benefit is that the taxpayers will save money.  And perhaps the most important benefit is that the individual who is working will be able to take pride in herself.

So what does this all have to do with George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin?  Everything.

You see if you slap the word racism around loud enough and often enough; if you have the not very Rev. Al Sharpton bellowing it at the top of his lungs; if you have constant media attention paid to the trial of the allegedly “racist” Mr. Zimmerman; if you have Obama commenting on it; you have set the stage to divert the easily diverted public’s attention from the failings of our Congress; from our departure from the American ideal of America being a place where you can have anything you desire if you’re only willing to work for it; and from the real racists – who have built a power base composed of the ignorant, uneducated, welfare mothers and children who think having an Obama phone is the greatest thing in the world.

Those who have voted to establish this group that is only one step removed from slavery are the ones who should be on trial.  Not Mr. Zimmerman.


  1. I couldn’t find the ‘Love’ button, so like will have to suffice. You are, of course, exactly correct. Why on earth can’t we reduce benefits say by $1 (or even less) for every 2 earned (and medicare or equivalent) last of all. Oh, I know, it would reduce dependency on government and build a strong self-confident citizenry.

    And yes, with regards to Zimmerman, I’m afraid the fix is in.

    • There is no other logical reason that I can find with respect to welfare than the one you cite. The concept of reducing benefits is hardly original since we do that with Social Security recipients who accept benefits before their “full retirement age.” Strange how we penalize those who have worked for their benefits all their lives and don’t apply the same strategy to those who have never contributed to the general good.

      As to Mr. Zimmerman, I’m planning on sending him a fruit cake. Since those last forever, it might give him something to enjoy during the period of his incarceration..

      • In fact, the prosecution’s case has been so poorly prepared that it leads one to wonder if they simply did not feel the need to spend a lot of effort putting together a strong case — they rather assumed that Zimmerman was going to be found guilty of SOMEthing to mollify the mob.

      • I think their lack of preparation may be due to lack of evidence. Just a thought. However, I do think that today’s twist where they wanted to add child abuse as an additional charge is beyond ludicrous. What next – jaywalking?

      • I wish I could find another reason but, i can’t either. No I (and I expect you either) make no claim for originality, simply common sense, and we need these people in the work force, well some of them, you have managed to become useful citizens anyway. And, yes, the pain involved in typing that sentence is immense, as well.

        In truth, I don’t blame the politicians as much on this as I do the bureaucrats, and blame may be the wrong word there as well. One shouldn’t blame someone for protecting their rice-bowl-but that doesn’t make it a valid solution either.

        A good plan, that poor man, who has already lost what-a year and a half of his life to this sorry political melodrama.

  2. Very well said.

    • Thank you. It seems pretty obvious to me – but then I’ve always had a problem fitting into the “norm.” And if today’s thinking is the norm – I believe I’ll stay just where I am.

  3. An interesting commentary as usual.

  4. Okay, Zimmerman was acquitted. You may still win your bet, though, since there are rumblings that Holder’s Justice Department may file charges. Isn’t that called double jeopardy? This piece spells the sorry state of affairs out. It’s good to have you back.

    • There are so many laws on the books that it is probably fair to say that you and I are violating some of them – even though we don’t know of their existence. And as long as we don’t make waves and disturb the powers that be, they don’t bother us or try to enforce those that we may unwittingly be breaking. Selective enforcement of the law is a powerful tool to control a people. And that is precisely what we have in America today. The administration does that all the time – the most recent example being the deferral of the reporting requirements of the Employer Mandate in Obamacare until 2015. This law – as horrible as it is – was passed by Congress and signed by Obama and the President has no right to alter its provisions without a Congressional ammendment. That is fundamental to the principle that there be checks and balances in our system of government.

      So given the fact that “selective enforcement” is today’s legal reality, it shouldn’t surprise anyone if the corrupt Atty. General, Mr. Holder takes on the Zimmerman case and finds that this was a violation of Trayvon Martin’s rights because Mr. Zimmerman perpetrated a “hate” crime or his actions denied the deceased his “civil rights”.

      As to double jeopardy, I do not believe that he can be re-tried for murder. But whatever charges they do bring, be assured that if the administration feels that pursuing this will further their agenda, they will seek their pound of flesh.

  5. The truth shall make you…not so free, but politically unpopular! President Clinton signed the reform of Federal welfare into a graduated transition to work; President Obama signed the reversal. The degeneration of a once productive black society under welfare clientism is indeed, a tragedy.

    And clientism is poisoned at both ends; the degeneracy affects both the client and the ‘master’ who imposes the system. They degenerate together in an even larger tragedy.

    We need more observers willing to point to that!

  6. I couldn’t agree more that slavery demeans both the slave and the master. We have only to look at the reaction to the verdict from both of them to realize the moral turpitude of virtually all the players who comprise the cast.

  7. Great insight of how our “Lords and Masters” keep Americans hooked.
    Oh wait, Pols are supposed to be our public servants. Did someone forget to tell them?

    Keep up the good work.

    • Well, you know they understand that they are our servants – and out of deference to us and in humility for their lowly role, they do not feel sufficiently worthy to reap the benefits to which the rest of us are entitled – such as in Obamacare.

      Now that’s an act of true charity on their part.

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