One of the best old country or “cowboy” songs is Tennessee Ernie Ford’s Sixteen Tons (1955), a song about the life of a coal miner. It begins like this:
Some people say a man is made outta mud
A poor man’s made outta muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and skin and bones
A mind that’s a-weak and a back that’s strong
You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store
The line “I owe my soul to the company store” is a reference to debt bondage. Workers were not paid cash. They were “paid with non-transferable credit vouchers which could be exchanged for only goods sold at the company store. This made it impossible for workers to store up cash savings.”
In the case of the coal miner, he wanted out of debt bondage to the mine owners. Being in debt is like being a slave. Self-slavery is worse than forced bondage, but that’s what we have in many segments of our nation. People are willing to sell themselves and their vote for public housing, food stamps, a “free” cell phone, and free colonoscopies. That’s right. Joe Biden appealed to Florida voters with the political gift of free colonoscopies. How appropriate:
“Everyone knows, everyone in this room knows that President Obama has increased the benefits available to people on Medicare by the action he took. You are now able to go get a wellness exam, and guys, if you conclude you need a colonoscopy because of the feeling you had or you need a breast health examination, you don’t have to pay a co-pay for that.”
Today, many Obama voters are willing to sell their political souls to the Democrat Party for as little as a cell phone or a scope up their rear.
“A viral video of an Obama supporter touting her ‘Obama phone’ has put the spotlight on a little-known federal program that provides discounted phone service to qualifying low-income Americans ‘Keep Obama as president,” the animated woman says on the video. ‘He gave us a phone.’”
The program has existed since 1985, so Obama can’t get all the blame. Federal spending is bloated with programs like this. They start small and end up big. The goal is always to buy votes. The program has grown from $772 million in 2008 to $1.6 billion.
The program has been co-opted by Obama:
“‘The free Obama phone is an important program, especially for low income families that would otherwise not have access to basic communications,’ the homepage of obamaphone.net reads.”
The site does state that the program was not started by Obama and there is no such thing as an “Obama phone.” In fact, it started under Ronald Reagan. This is typical. Republicans try to gain liberal votes by supporting “feel-good” programs like free cell phones. Democrats take credit for them and expand them.
Who pays for these programs? We do! Who benefits? Liberals and the cell phone companies.