THE RMS Titanic and the Andrea Gail went down in the North Atlantic hundreds of miles and 79 years apart. Both disasters generated books and movies. Only one was titled “The Perfect Storm.”
That's an apt description for economic conditions facing some Americans today in the Obama economy. Yet for all his expressed concern for the poor, the president's policies seem to be rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
The six-man swordfishing crew of the Andrea Gail was lost at sea in 1991. The Titanic went down on April 15, 1912. Andrea Gail crew members were of the same socio-economic class. The 1,316 Titanic passengers were striated into three economic groups. The Titanic hit an iceberg, the result of human folly and hubris. The Andrea Gail encountered the “perfect” storm.
Barack Obama striates people into those he wants to give more money to and those he wants to take more money from. His policies have continued the nation on a course toward a fiscal iceberg. Yet he shows no signs of seeing the dangers ahead.
Newt Gingrich got a storm of protest in describing Obama as the “food stamp president,” but the facts are on the leeward side of truth: A record 44.7 million Americans — 1 in 7 — were on food stamps last year.
In Tulsa, nonprofits are sailing against the wind to keep up with increased demand for food and housing assistance. “It seems to be the perfect storm,” soup kitchen director Connie Cronley told the Tulsa World. “Low-income, unemployed and working poor people are struggling to pay their bills and put food on their tables.”
While the flood of the poor continues and donors are deluged with funding appeals, she said, social service agencies “are caught in the middle, standing on a smaller and smaller piece of dry land and calling out ‘Help!'”