Yes, that is the way I take it. I like my coffee strong but I also buffer that with lots of cream and a good teaspoon of sugar. What you drink in the morning pretty much tells me who you are. You like it hot and black, then you face life as it comes and you handle it! You like your coffee warm and weak, then you face life with hesitation and regret and wish the morning had not come so fast. You don't drink coffee at all but would rather have an ice cold Pepsi in the morning? Then you are a rule breaker and do not have much patience for those who make the rules. You need the hair of the dog in the morning, then life has you by the tail and until you let go you are in for a bumpy ride. Me, I can take life as it comes, but want it frosted and creamy and hot. (Pop psychology? Better than Stossel's report...see below.)
There are those of us who see poor people working through life as best they can under the crazy circumstances. There are others of us who think poor people make their own problems and deserve the circumstances they are in from not dealing with those problems as they should have. This in a nutshell is how I see the battle over health care. Some people think that only the social network of help can make sure someone gets the healthcare they need whether they created the problem though drug use or drinking or over eating or over working or not being able to deal with fighting in an ugly war. Other people think that life is a crap shoot and if you don't keep your eyes open and your hand firmly on "the tiller, the wheel, the gun"...whatever and your shoulder to the grindstone you are not going to make it through the week much less the rest of your life. They rely on a few good friends and that is that, or they rely on the church being able to sort all this out.
Of course, as you know, I think it is far more complicated than that and the truth is all over the place. There are the users and abusers who we have to keep from sucking us dry and we have to avoid being an enabler. There are the unlucky whom we must help, because they can survive and make contributions of their own. But since they do not all wear signs, we will make mistakes. And much of this is perception. Do we perceive that the majority that are in need are lazy and purposely greedy or do we see them as unlucky, not too smart, and fearful? John Stossel (one of those talking heads on faux news who tries to present the image of a journalist, but never bothers to ask the ask who, what, where, when and why questions) demonstrated that anyone can panhandle (as he did again in a bearded disguise), and thus claimed that those who give to the homeless are dupes. The demo only proved to me that most people are good-hearted and most conservative journalists find it too much work to research their subject matter in depth.
Hubby talked to our investment adviser yesterday since the market is going crazy and hubby is reaching that age where he is required by law to withdraw a certain percentage of his investments annually. (A rule that allows the taxman to get his share sooner rather than later.) They talked about the market (as unpredictable as ever) and our adviser said something that brought me up short. He was speaking from the millionaires point of U. S. view as I am sure he makes and has a lot of money. He said that the financial folks see the demographics as a disappearing middle class, with the separation forming that will break out to the top 15% and then everyone else. It would be nice to blame this on conservative or liberal politics, but it started back in the 1980's. I blame it on the rich being able to make the rules.
This will not impact me much, because I am not 20 or 30 or 40 or 10! It will impact those I love who come after me. There will be the vast wilderness surrounding gated communities. Will it be a world like The Hunger Games...but without the games or will it be more chaotic than that? Will cream and sugar be able to null the bitter taste in one's mouth as they look out their window in the morning?
(On the other hand it appears that health care costs are going down!)