To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Thursday, November 26, 2020

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Why We Need Reading Teachers

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BY SHARON MARTIN

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around why anyone would vote for a man who filed repeatedly for bankruptcy because “we need a good businessman in the White House.” Let’s grab a dictionary and look up the definition of bankruptcy.

Do you understand the moral bankruptcy of cheating contractors, of taking your cut off the top and letting investors carry the losses?

A news story last week said legislators’ expenses were going up, so their salaries were being increased. How many of these same legislators have voted against the minimum wage increase? Do you agree with their assessment that raising minimum wage would hurt businesses, but working two jobs and still living below the poverty line is OK for the little guy?

Maybe you don’t understand cause and effect. How often do the wealthy amass their fortunes alone, without staff, sales people, and an army of workers? Is it OK for workers to be paid less than what they need to get by? Even Henry Ford understood that his workers should be able to afford one of the cars they built for him and his company.

Comprehension is a skill that’s improved by asking questions and thinking things through.

How many of the president’s supporters have even read The Art of the Deal? Do they still appreciate the deals he’s making with China [and Mexico and Canada], deals that are costing American farmers billions? Does it make sense that American taxpayers have to pony up to keep farmers afloat because of the president’s deal making? And does it make sense that many farmers still support this deal-making president?

This is not liberal fiscal policy versus conservative fiscal policy, it’s about making sense. It doesn’t make sense to spend billions to keep the people who are willing to work in our fields and in our houses out. It doesn’t make sense to manufacture a crisis at the border by not hiring enough immigration judges to handle the influx. It doesn’t make sense to ignore why people are making the dangerous trek to our border.

It doesn’t make sense to slap tariffs on goods that increase the cost of those goods, especially if you’re not going to raise the minimum wage so workers can pay the increased cost.

Maybe universities aren’t hotbeds of liberal thinking at all. Maybe they are hotbeds of comprehension and common sense. Maybe those who think the president is on the right track need to go back to school, or at least start asking questions and thinking things through.

Sharon Martin lives in Oilton, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer. Her latest book, Not A Prodigal, is available through Barnes and Noble. Her recent children’s book, Froggy Bottom Blues, can be purchased in hardcover or paperback from Doodle and Peck Publishingand in paperback from Amazon.