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/
Well this is really something ain't it. When you can manage to annoy Riesman and fellow dems.ReplyDelete
Sorry but while this may be "aspirational", it is also distressing.I don't know why I'm surprised 'coz it is an election year after all, but don't you find this troubling deep down? The comments at the Journal News do to say the very least.ReplyDelete
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.ReplyDelete