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by Derek Jensen
After reading reports that on Wednesday, President Obama plans to propose cuts to Social Security and means-testing for Medicare, I have come up with a proposal of my own: I suggest an update to Emma Lazarus' poem, The New Colossus -- the poem that made the Statue of Liberty "a symbol of hope to the outcasts and downtrodden of the world." Lady Liberty's poetic message no longer describes the U.S.  

Here's the part of Lazarus' poem that needs to be updated:

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

I don't pretend to have Lazarus' skill with words, but I have penned something that I think better represents the present, sad state of affairs in this country:

Give me your unhired, your poor,

Your co-eds in classes to earn their degrees,

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The union members whose jobs went off-shore.

Send me your sick, old, and homeless-to-be:

They're good for Wendys', Walmarts, prisons, and war.

While I'm on the topic of truth-in-advertising, I ask you: What should Social Security be called after it's been "reformed"?

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For 25 years, Lisa has worked for and with nonprofits, sharing her expertise in organizing, fund raising, and community outreach. Organizing: Lisa has worked as a community, tenant, and labor organizer, on both local-level and statewide (more...)
 

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Social Insecurity?... by Lisa Arnold on Monday, Apr 8, 2013 at 9:04:00 AM
I love it.  Sock it to 'em!I am entitled to m... by Tom McDonald on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 11:19:10 AM
one would think!... by Lisa Arnold on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 3:15:22 PM