When I was growing up, the Democratic Party was the party of the working class. I was proud to be a Democrat. Officials that we elected were to make policy that would ensure fair pay, safe working conditions, and benefits and equality in hiring and promoting. It was never meant to be a party that would create a way of life for people to not have to work. The federal government provides free and reduced housing, monthly stipend checks, food stamps, medical care (which states provided before Obamacare), WIC and even cellphones. This should not be the job of the federal government.
Churches, their congregates and like-minded individuals provide and pay for shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries. Some of these places provide bags of groceries — you can find a meal any day of the week here — haircuts, clothing, household goods, car seats, day care, dog and cat food, money for bills, transportation, the list goes on. These organizations can provide these services more efficiently and at a lower cost than the federal government.
I know my grandfather would never have voted for anyone who would promote this way of life. It was a different party then; now it’s the entitlement party. My hope is that people do their research and make sure their party is what they think it is. The Democratic Party of my grandfather’s day has definitely changed, and that is why I will be voting for Mitt Romney.