“Safety Nets” and “Keep Out” Signs

Reflection by Mary E. Latela, June 22, 2017

This morning, the U.S. Senate distributed copies of their new “Trumpcare Bill” with its cutting of the safety-net programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, and bigger tax benefits for wealthy people.

How annoying for Democrats to be excluded from the process! What must they tell their followers? “I was denied entrance.” How embarrassing for conscientious Republicans who really didn’t want to participate in a sleight-of-hand, stash the cash deal.

Before I could sort out my reactions, a TV spot showed hundreds of people in wheelchairs, protesting outside the office of the leader of the Senate. I had to catch my breath, because I was surprised by this display. We are, after all, permitted to protest peacefully. in this land.

Like Alice sliding through the rabbit hole, in the blink of an eye, I saw a scene from not-too-long-ago. It was about 1990, when the American with Disabilities Act was being considered. Skeptics called it the lazy man’s paycheck, and anyone who would accept money from the government must be lower than low, certainly lazy, even unethical. Some organizations still ignore the law.

The photo on this page comes from an unnamed paper, but it is very painful to view. I think this is true because with all our talk about “preferential option for the poor,” our hearts have not caught up.




About @LatelaMary

Author of 14 self-help books, five still available: Prepare Him Room, Ten Steps to Peace, Healing the Abusive Family, Moments for Mothers. Breaking the Boxes: critique of institutions vs. individuals. Work-in-progress: Memoir (Sorting out Secrets)
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