To the Editor:
Re: Welfare reform in the U.K.
We really do not have to go all the way to the United Kingdom to know that we are off track in this country when it comes to welfare reform.
The Associated Press article printed in the Feb. 15 KDH documents that a Roman Catholic archbishop slams welfare reform there. Amidst the country’s affluence, Archbishop Nichols considers disproportionate cuts to unemployment, housing and disability benefits hitting their poor to be a “disgrace.”
We here in America, are said to be leaders of the free world. Yet the callous way we treat the poor, which is getting poorer, is truly a worldwide disgrace.
Why is the “right” fighting our president so hard, as he simply wants to provide the poor with a living wage? How callous can we be to allow politicians to stay in office, as they vote to keep Americans submerged in poverty?
In the Bible, Ecclesiastes 10:19 reminds us that “…money is the answer for everything.” But, 1 Timothy — 6:18 reminds us that God “Commands… (us) to do good.”
The rich are getting richer. That’s okay, though, as long as they are doing “good” with it.
The poor should not be getting poorer. President Obama sees this. He has had to invoke executive power to save the poor.
We must help him by voting to give Americans living in poverty their freedom: to earn a living wage; to have food when they have no work; to have money to survive when they are disabled.
Your one vote has the power to get rid of the tyrants who support poverty in America.
Dr. Claudia L. Brown, former Killeen City Council member, Killeen