Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Edwards charges $55,000 to speak to UC Davis students about poverty

Edwards charges $55,000 to speak to UC Davis students about poverty

So John "Two Americas" Edwards got paid $285,000 last year (2006) for 9 speeches at colleges and universities around the country. Taxpayer dollars, of course.

I submit that he doesn't know the first thing about poverty, except he's sure that he and the Democrat Party are the Shepherds and you're the sheep and they'll take care of you.

Poverty in America is almost a misnomer. There is so much wealth and opportunity in this country that even our poor are rich beyond compare with the rest of the world.

Are there poor people? Of course. Do some of them need help? Absolutely, and we should help them (and we do). Not coddle them, but actually help them, by teaching them how to be successful and take care of themselves.

Edwards tries to put on that he arose from poverty himself, but as I understand it -- I could be wrong here -- his father worked in a mill as a manager and momma was a homemaker. That may mean he didn't have a new bicycle every year, but that does not mean he lived in poverty either. I'll bet he wouldn't know an outhouse if he saw one. We didn't have indoor plumbing until I was 12.

People need to understand that being poor is not the same as being broke. There are many people who have little or no money, but who have a winning can-do spirit that is unquenchable. These people have a fire in their belly to improve their lives and the lives of their families, and while they may not have money, they are not poor. They work and save and feed their families and put a roof over their heads and they teach their kids that they can have even more if they are willing to go out there in the Land of Opportunity and work for it. I suspect John Edwards' father was cut from that fabric rather than the broken spirit of the truly poor who just can't seem to get up in the morning and try. They're not hungry enough 'cause that welfare check jus' keeps a comin'.

People who are constantly being told that they just can't make it without the help of government, and are bombarded with negativity and doom and gloom messages will likely not be successful. I learned a long time ago that if you want to be successful then hang around successful people. Listen to successful people that teach a positive, uplifting, you-can-do-it message. Most people would be far better off listening to Rush Limbaugh every day than ever listening to anything John "Two Americas" Edwards has to say.

It irks me no end when I hear people refer to Limbaugh as a racist, an extremist, etc. They are either terribly misinformed or they have an agenda. Most who tout those talking points have never actually listened to him. I guarantee that if you will listen to Rush Limbaugh for 21 days with an open mind you will find that he promotes all of the good qualities that America is supposed to be (and was). Freedom, opportunity, liberty, success. Sure, much of his banter is sarcastic, devil's advocate and tongue-in-cheek self-indulgence. That's why if you turn it on for 5 minutes you're liable to hear anything. You have to give it a wider window of time to get the full message.

Don't waste your time listening to someone who purports to be your national leader when all he does is focus on the 5% in this country who need help. We need a leader who promotes success, who teaches with positive messages, and encourages everyone to enjoy life and be the best you can be, not one who rewards failure and sees half of America as nothing more than downtrodden, poor and hungry.

ps. It is blatantly obvious that these huge speaking fees that many politicians are paid, as well as Edwards' "consultant" stint at the hedge fund and the like, are just shams to funnel large amounts of money to them. John Edwards probably wouldn't know a hedge fund from a Hedgehog, but they 'hired' him and paid him a huge salary as a means of getting around campaign contribution limitations. The only poverty that he learned about was reducing his own. He may have millions but he's no Bill Gates. He likely sees himself as the poor boy in a world of billionaires.


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