I’ve no doubt Ratzinger had a word to say about family values to the masses gathered today beneath his balcony. He works so much better with a friendly audience, even when they do know most of the jokes. There’s a cosy feeling about watching an aged transvestite going through his paces, like warming the hands over a fresh cow pat.
But I’m getting distracted from the purpose of this post, which is to draw your attention to a post on the fabulous Jesus’ General blog. It’s entitled ‘Family Values: Proud that Working People Can’t Make Ends Meet’. Anyone who’s read Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich (and if you haven’t I recommend it) will know what it’s like to survive as a low wage earner in the States, but even Ehrenreich doesn’t mention that, for some politicians and, er, Christians, people who need to do more than one or two jobs to survive are a sign of just how great the country is. I’ve stolen the picture from it. Here’s a quote to whet your appetite:
President George W. Bush himself told a divorced mother of three on Feb. 4, 2005: “You work three jobs? … Uniquely American, isn’t it? I mean, that is fantastic that you’re doing that.”