I’m responding to the May 9 guest commentary by Jim Albertson, “America, who are we?” I was intrigued by this statement: “What we need is to teach those who are vulnerable to become a little more self-reliant and to value independence versus government handouts taken from the productive.”
I wondered what course of study Mr. Albertson thinks would help the vulnerable to become more self-reliant and independent. Should they be taught how to live on less calories a day, live out-of-doors, forage for food, beg on the street, put their children to work in factories or mines? Should they teach them to not become sick, injured, old, disabled, homeless or unemployed? What would he like taught to those who go to work everyday, but still need food stamps to feed their families? Does he think it is OK to give welfare to banks and corporations, then leave the “vulnerable” to starve?