On March 23, Speaker Paul Ryan said, “There was a time when I would talk about a difference between ‘makers’ and ‘takers’ in our country, referring to people who accepted government benefits. But as I spent more time listening, and really learning the root causes of poverty, I realized I was wrong.” Today (March 24) the IR published a piece by Landon Hemsley critical of the “politics of free stuff.” Ironic!

Psychological projection is the human tendency to deny one’s own faults by ascribing them to someone else. Terms like “makers,” “takers” and the “politics of free stuff” are examples of projection. These are terms that were coined by those who represent the wealthy -- those who don’t pay their employees a living wage; who off-shore their business to avoid paying taxes; who benefit from fraud and abuse in their government contracts; who profit from usury, etc.; and who, generally, are reluctant to provide boot straps for those trying to lift themselves out of poverty.

I’d suggest that Mr. Hemsley spend some time volunteering with one or more of the agencies in our community that provide “free stuff.” The “takers” just might have something to teach him.

John Mundinger

Helena

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