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It Seems Wrong To Hoard The Life Boats And Then Tell People To Sink or Swim


I was driving around Houston a few months back and came upon this collection of life boats.

These boats reminded me of conservative social policy in our nation where the resources of access to education and good jobs are increasingly hoarded outside the reach of people who could make good use of them, while at the same time we are told to sink or swim.

It is wrong to hoard all the resources and all the ways out of trouble in a place that is blocked off from hard-working people who need help. It is wrong to hoard all the resources and then say that people who do not prosper are failures and freeloaders.

December 11, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,


  1. Like the way you are able to make thought-provoking social statements based on the things you sight on the streets of Houston.

    Comment by Newton | December 11, 2012

  2. Thank you.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 12, 2012

  3. What galls me is all the conservative talk about how we “can’t tax the job-creators”; then the in the next breath all the excuses as to why said “job creators” are holding back on new hires because of “uncertainty”, especially over “new regulations”, etc. Left unsaid is the simple truth that government can and does create jobs; I know, I have one. So while the wealthy are dithering on the question on whether or not to hire anyone, can we please tax them and create government jobs to stimulate demand while the wealthy need more time apparently to make up their damn mind? Some people gotta eat & pay the bills while the rich decide between expanding their workforce or buying a vacation home or expensive work of art.

    Comment by redjohn1971 | December 12, 2012

  4. Great metaphor. What we have today is the wealthy wanting to take away lifeboats so they can become even more wealthy.

    Still, I have to point out that the boats in the picture are oil platform lifeboats. These boats are designed to keep their occupants alive even if they freefall to the sea from the platform. These boats look to be in bad shape. Perhaps they are being refurbished here, or broken apart to recover recyclable materials.

    Comment by Bacopa | December 16, 2012

  5. Redjohn–Nothing I can add. Thank you.

    Bacopa—Thanks for that helpful extra detail. I had wondered about the picture beyond the metaphor I used.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 19, 2012

  6. Every job the government creates tax payer have to pay the salary. I realize the government needs employees, but there has to be limits to what government employees receive just as in the market place. Those working for the government do not create a product that can be sold and the profit from the product create more jobs. The government has too many employees, too many agencies, too many laws and provides too many benefits for employees at taxpayers expense. I am for helping the poor. I am not for providing a vacation for those who just grow tired of their minimum wage pay and want a long vacation. The Bible says “you no work you no eat.” I see nothing wrong with people drawing government assistance performing public service to get a check. If members of my parish could work as trash collectors and janitors to support their families then why can welfare recipents.

    Comment by Fr. Thomas J. Martin | December 20, 2012

  7. Fr. Martin—I don’t believe that reducing government employees to the low wages, inconsistent scheduling and lack of benefits that many private sector employees and general uncertainty now face is the path forward. How will there be enough work and enough income for people to be able to buy things and sustain the economy? I think that able bodied people who are of solid mind should work. But we should create job for folks rather than gut the existing jobs that offer decent wages and access to benefits.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 21, 2012

  8. “But we should create job for folks [sic]”

    I’m not sure who “we” is. You may hire anyone you’d like. What job are you looking to fill?

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | December 23, 2012

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