A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

The full title of Jonathan Swift’s work (1729) is:

A Modest Proposal For Preventing The Children of Poor People in Ireland
From Being Aburden [sic] to Their Parents or Country, and
For Making Them Beneficial to The Public


It is a melancholy object to those who walk through this great town or travel in the country, when they see the streets, the roads, and cabin doors, crowded with beggars of the female sex, followed by three, four, or six children, all in rags and importuning every passenger for an alms. These mothers, instead of being able to work for their honest livelihood, are forced to employ all their time in strolling to beg sustenance for their helpless infants: who as they grow up either turn thieves for want of work, or leave their dear native country to fight for the Pretender in Spain, or sell themselves to the Barbadoes.

The Modest Proposal….complete at this link:



In the midst of posting Jonathan Swift’s work, let me post mine. That is my allusion to his work–an allusion I wanted to make clear to the Borough of State College May 8th [2017] at 7. Black tie non-existent as well as courtesy and competence.


Jonathan Swift continues:

I think it is agreed by all parties that this prodigious number of children in the arms, or on the backs, or at the heels of their mothers, and frequently of their fathers, is in the present deplorable state of the kingdom a very great additional grievance; and, therefore, whoever could find out a fair, cheap, and easy method of making these children sound, useful members of the commonwealth, would deserve so well of the public as to have his statue set up for a preserver of the nation.


Meanwhile, State College’s rude Council members continue with their indifference to the future economy of the Borough–an economic which would flourish if only Council members appreciated the value of wheel chair accessibility

Watch Borough Council members display their incompetence

Go to http://www.statecollegepa.us/; fiddle with the graphic unit interface; select State College Borough Work Session, May 8, 2017; play