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,
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"?