ABC Recently presented a special on Appalachia. The telecast ignored a lot of good work being done by hard working people. Work that is carried out by volunteers, churches and non-profit organizations. ABC believes stimulus spending by the government will help solve the problem. The problem is that small business owners cannot compete with government welfare checks and subsidies. People who can work decide to keep their government handouts rather than work for the small wages offered by a small business. So businesses move and the problem grows. Here a few of my thoughts.
With idleness comes other problems. Health care professionals have shared with me that alcohol and drug related issues increase where there is no work. You know who has job security then? Prison employees and law enforcement officials have job security. That is not how you build a community.
You are not helping when you want to deny the advances with clean coal technology. Energy is neccessary to a healthy and productively functioning society. It is an illusion to think that you can have a clean community, a safe community and a prosperous community without energy. If you can’t drain the sewage, filter the water, pump the water and heat a home you are sentencing people to hardship and deprivation.
In communities like those pictured in Appalachia government spending could be a hand up not a hand out. Government could partner with churches, local businesses and corporations to develop a five to ten year business plan during these tough times. Put the inspirational folk out there that help people to understand why the plan will work. Put the people out there who know their communities and love people more than poll numbers. The number crunchers are scaring those with resources to help. The sky is falling and with the fear and doubt the Dow follows.
I appreciate greatly President Obama’s desire to work with the faith community as President Bush did. Rightly placed faith in God can move mountains according to Jesus Christ.
Our faith in God calls us to look forward to our future with the assurance that God is dwelling among those who love him and are called according to his purposes. We are not controlled by our past. We are being led into the future by the same Holy Spirit that has always led the people of God. A calling that is firm and secure. We must keep that faith or the fear mongers will scare people out of their confidence to live independently and responsibly.
So let’s help but lets help wisely. Let’s empower and not enable. Let’s believe and stop doubting and whining. I agree with stimulus spending to repair infrastructure like roads, bridges, and water works. I also think that investing research dollars in alternative energy sources (wind, solar, and nuclear) is wise, healthy and will contribute to our national security. How about investing money into subsidizing the small businesses through these economically challenging times to employ people who want to work? The same programs that have successfully employed teachers and doctors in rural communities could work by partnerships with companies that can provide educational opportunities and health care. Let’s help educate families with today’s knowledge skill sets and provide jobs that are needed by the community today.