Elections Have Consequences
|Above copied from PBS|
It is truly ironic especially when it does not take that much of an effort to find a family who first needed assistance during their first few years here in this country. Yet, we are much more easily convinced by stories of immigrants abusing public benefits. We are much more inclined to believe that this country is losing so much because of immigrants getting food stamps. This is the sad part. We have not only lost compassion, but we have also lost the truth.
First, food stamps do not cost that much. Every dollar spent on food stamps returns $1.71 to the United States economy. In 2018, this government program cost about 65 billion dollars. That is nearly the same yearly price of the war in Afghanistan without the 171% return.
Losing both truth and compassion places a serious obstacle in our quest for equity. That includes equity in education. There is a mindset of zero-sum gain that works against empathy. And another election may not change our current direction. We need to change our minds.