Journal News: 3/23, Phil Reisman - THE FLAWED POLITICS OF PROMISING THE WORLD - Read the very lengthy article at the link below:
Government serves an important purpose, but people generally don’t trust those who do the governing. There are many reasons why this is so. One dead-certain reason is that elected leaders frequently make unaffordable promises they cannot possibly keep. It’s a pathological impulse that invariably breeds disappointment, anger and cynicism.
History is filled with false promises large and small.
One was recently on display in Westchester County government — however, because of a timely intervention, the idea was killed before it was fully hatched.
The idea was embodied in something called the “Family Bill of Rights,” a page-long wish list that was variously denounced by critics as naïve fantasy and Bernie Sanders-style socialism. Covered under this Utopian dreamscape of “rights” was everything from affordable housing to low-cost physical and mental health care.
One of the shorter items reads as follows:
“WHEREAS, family members have the right to meaningful employment in jobs that provide sufficient pay, benefits and suitable skill-training that lead to advancement or future jobs…”
The Bill of Rights was drafted over a period of several weeks by the county Task Force on Families, a volunteer group of nonprofit social-service providers headed by Legislator Catherine Borgia, D-Ossining.
READ THE REST HERE http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/columnists/phil-reisman/2016/03/23/rights-resolution-socialism-sanders/82176474/