My favorite musical is "A Chorus Line." It is about the casting of the chorus members for a musical. One of the people auditioning is an exceptionally talented dancer. So much so, that she was elevated out of the chorus and proclaimed a star. Lacking other talents (She can't act), she returns to look for work back in the chorus. From the original Broadway production, here is Donna McKechnie:
It reminded me of our safety net programs and the warped view the Wrong has of Americans. She pleads, "Let me wake up in the morning to find I have somewhere exciting to go." The director says that if she needs money she should call his business manager. She responds that she doesn't need a handout, she needs a job. "To have something that I can believe in, to have someone to be."
In the director's eyes, Donna's character is one of the "right" kind of people and therefore is deserving of whatever help she might need. She should be rich, a star. Income inequality is a great thing because it creates an incentive for the poors to want to be rich. As if anyone needed an incentive.
The Left doesn't discourage stardom, even if the Wrong would have you believe we do. The Left acknowledges the need for the chorus. As such, The Left wants the chorus treated with respect and dignity. If the chorus is your stepping stone to bigger and better things good for you! If you've tried to achieve greater things and failed miserably, you should be celebrated for the attempt and not demeaned for the failure. "God, I'm a dancer. A dancer dances." If, at the end of the day, your greatest contribution is in the chorus, you still get applause at the end of the show. Anybody who dismisses you as a taker hates America.
The irony is that the so-called 47% really are takers- JOB takers. Americans want to work. The Wrong are currently arguing against raising the minimum wage saying that it will cost jobs and hurt the lower income people the Left says it wants to help. For starters, the Wrong is just plain wrong. Why do I say that? It's called data. Aside from the predicted job losses that didn't manifest each time that we previously raised the federal minimum wage, we have data from the states that raised it over the past 2 years, and they are doing better than most of the states that did not.
"Play me the music. Give me the chance to come through." It is like something I wrote about having tripped once. A whole bunch of people helped me to my feet. I thanked them for their help. I appreciated their help. I did not become addicted to their help.
As Tianna Gaines-Turner told Paul Ryan's Congressional hearing on poverty, she doesn't see herself as dependent on government, she works hard, but with a little help she could achieve so much more. Put her to work, she'll do you proud.