Rather than fighting poverty, we’ve chosen to embrace it, to prepare for it, to give it a home in every working-class American city. Forget struggling to make your mortgage. Walk away from your home and apply for housing. What if, and here’s an idea that’s slicker than a slippery slope, rather than providing federal money giveaways to pay your mortgage, the federal government worked on getting you a JOB so you could pay your mortgage? Of course, I’m asking this of the same federal government that watched (and helped) as manufacturing work left America.

Beloved U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, some guy from the federal Housing and Urban Destruction office, the guy they tell me is the governor of this state of misery and our own mayor did a little local tour the other day, where they decided to talk about (what else) more money to improve affordable housing. All you need to know about the city where I live is that it’s in Massachusetts and the unemployment rate is 14 percent.

Like most working-class towns, we are regarded by the government as one big pile of affordable housing.


Barney and the boys muttered something about “small business,” mostly because Barney and the boys are scared to talk about big business. Uh, Barney, Fannie Mae is calling, they found your credibility. It was right where ya left it.


The visiting boys in the suits tell us that the long-awaited improvement in the economy is almost here. I’ll tell you one thing: If guys from the government tell you the economy is improving, start putting all your savings into beef jerky, gold coins and guns.


Our mayor (it’s pronounced “mayuh” in Massachusetts), as will any urban mayor, stood by smiling happily while the boys told us how they’re going to fix up affordable housing so it will cost less and so people can live there for generations and generations and generations.


Urban mayors love to see money coming into the community from the big government that lives far away. Urban mayors don’t care if the money goes to build more housing projects or repaint housing projects or provide new carpets in housing projects, just as long as it’s money and it’s going into a housing project.


Meanwhile, if you’re making $14 an hour and you’re trying to figure out how to buy food this week, please remember, no one gives a damn where, or if, you get the money. Get a second job, ya dope! You already did? Then tell your wife to get a second job.


Barney Frank, ever the jokester, said the average person can’t make mortgage payments while collecting unemployment, which has accelerated foreclosures. He said that where people could hear, too.


You’re telling us that it’s hard to make the mortgage if you lose your job? You’re telling us that in a city where the unemployment rate is 14 percent, Barney? You think we didn’t know that already?


Geez, my head hurts.


It’s not like Barney doesn’t want to throw some money at you unemployed homeowners. He’d like to see a federal program that will lower your mortgage payments for a year ... or two.


But this is the biggest financial disaster of our time, so what if the economy STILL stinks in a year ... or two?


Well, whatta ya think we got all those projects for? Rather than fighting poverty, we’ve chosen to embrace it, to prepare for it, to give it a home in every working-class American city. Forget struggling to make your mortgage. Walk away from your home and apply for housing. What if, and here’s an idea that’s slicker than a slippery slope, rather than providing federal money giveaways to pay your mortgage, the federal government worked on getting you a JOB so you could pay your mortgage? Of course, I’m asking this of the same federal government that watched (and helped) as manufacturing work left America.


And please, write me no letters saying I’m a Republican or a Democrat or a liberal or a conservative.


I think Republicans love people who are too rich to need a job and Democrats love people who are too lazy to get a job, and neither party has anything to offer working donkeys like me.


In working-class America, we still have a hardcore (but ever-diminishing) group of people who don’t buy houses they can’t afford, people who don’t take out risky loans, people who will never go to the dentist and let all of their teeth fall out before they will lose their house.


Those people are tough as a crowbar and right now, too many of them are standing around with empty hands.


The government looks at those empty hands and thinks they need to be filled with a welfare check, not a paycheck.


E-mail Marc Munroe Dion at mdion@heraldnews.com.