Teddy Roosevelt was a hero of mine. The same with his fifth cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I am enjoying the PBS special about the Roosevelts, learning much more than I could have imagined about this family for which I have had admiration for many years.
I am learning some not-so-good stuff about TR, but that does not change my mind. It turns some of my admiration into heroic “fantasies.” The one thing, however, which still remains about TR is related to labor. TR was a wealthy man who fought with those in his own social class and defended the common man. This, too was brought out in this brilliant video series – another one by Ken Burns (being broadcast on PBS this week; it began on Sunday, Sept. 14).
I am also reminded why TR said the following: “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood…” Because TR took on the captains of industry and party bosses – those with comparable wealth to him – he can truly say he was in the “arena” with “dust and sweat and blood.” He had a hard fight with those in his own social class and they did not like TR very much. So what?
Take Rick Scott today. He might CLAIM he is in that “arena.” But who does he fight in that “arena?” Rick Scott fights the common man and woman for whom TR defended. Rick Scott fights with people with much less power and money because he is afraid to face the real power in the “arena.” I call that a coward and a bully who picks on those who do not have as much as he does.
Plantation owners in the South were the same way. Those who descended from plantation owners likely did not appreciate TR, either. But these descendants just adore Rick Scott because he can be the same type of bully.
If Rick Scott had any balls, he would recognize the situation for many of us. We chose teaching, not for the money, but for the satisfaction of helping, not bullying, human beings. We spent plenty of money on college and this was good for us. Many of us took out huge student loans and faithfully paid them back, as we listened to apparent would-be tea party people like Rick Scott as they trashed the government. These budding tea party people trashed the very government which provided them with the loans. These tea bags were determined to DELIBERATELY not pay back the loans. This helps to explain why so many tea baggers have so much money because, unlike conscientious people like me who paid every cent back while raising families, these guys had an opportunity to gain wealth. When I weigh this against prospects of Rick Scott and Republican tea baggers destroying my pension, it irritates me.
No pensions should be removed. “Trends” are not reasons for implementing actions. Good solutions which work for society are the reasons to take actions. Ideology is not a reason to take action. Self-indulgence and self-interests are also not reasons – as pointed out by TR. Rick Scott, filthy rick CEOs and the tea baggers use “trends, ideology, and self-interest” as reasons for destruction of pensions in America. These self-indulgent heathens claim lack of money and people buy into the lie. In fact, the real reason for scrapping pension plans is to, once again, give money to greedy folks – the CEOs (with their bonuses). Are many of these wealthy self-indulgent greedy selfish dolts the same ones who deliberately DID NOT pay back their student loans, thus causing great expense to taxpayers?
As Vanguard (creator of 401(K) plans) said, 401(K) plans are meant to supplement pension plans, not replace them. But have people such as Rick Scott heeded the warnings? These people are money-loving self-indulgent bullies and cowards to be decent human beings and actually care about our society.
As for public pension plans, people might not know that those of us enrolled in such plans, which are coming under attack by Rick Scott and the Republicans, have been investing in supplemental 403(B) plans. Unlike the 401(K) plans (which I was enrolled as a corporate man), the 403(B) plans do not provide matching funds from the employer. The “matching funds” are in the pension plan, which is not the same situation as the “business model” being crammed and shoved down the throats of educators today.
Rick Scott could care less as he bullies us. What a coward.