Comments: The Professional Poor, the Idle Poor and the Poverty Traders

I dunno - she looks jewish to me...

Posted by M00se at January 7, 2013 5:38 PM

Tell her to mark my portion "Paid in Full" by my greatgrandfathers who served as privates in the Union Army.

Posted by glenn at January 7, 2013 5:57 PM

She owes MY family HER ancestor's fare for passage on the underground railway.

Posted by old surfer at January 7, 2013 7:12 PM

Actually, slaves were property -- purchased property -- and as despicable as that was, reparations were proposed to be paid TO slaveowners as compensation for their financial loss, and thereby, it was hoped, diminishing the outrage against emancipation seen as theft of property and reducing the threat of war.

Posted by Saintperle at January 8, 2013 3:10 PM

Actually, looking at my previous comment, I realize this is like approving of Adolph Eichmann's proposal to sell/trade Jews for tractors. This was later considered an outrageous thing to do, to view them as inventory, but considering the alternative (Auschwitz, Dachau, et al) I always thought, even as a kid when I first heard of it, that it was a sort of humanistic thing for him to do -- a weird, distorted perverted thing to do, but given his social context (weird, distorted, perverted), had I been one of those who were boxcar-bound, I would have applauded the "out-of-the-boxcar" thinking. No one liked to think that Eichmann ever had ANY human feelings, nor do people today don't like to think Lincoln was that much of an unemotional pragmatist.

Posted by Saintperle at January 8, 2013 3:21 PM

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