Monday, November 26, 2007

From Worst To First


"I believe that I am making history not because of my race or my sex but from whence I came," Carson said.

That was vintage Julia Carson. She never forgot where she came from and the voters in her district rewarded the one-time cleaning woman by never forgetting her on Election Day, voting to send her back to Congress six times.


That's from a story in Indianapolis about a local politician deciding to retire. And what they're saying is that being a "cleaning woman" is bad. It's as low as you can go.

They say it because that's what everyone thinks. It is easy to understand.

A cleaning woman does the work that you don't want to do. She mops your floor. She cleans your kitchen. She scrubs your toilet. She does all this for almost nothing. Not a rosy picture.

No wonder that the average cleaning company changes its entire staff around at least six times per year.

Yes, there's no reason to hide it. Cleaning for a living isn't looked upon very highly by society. But you need us. You might not admit it, but you know it.

You can't live without us.

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