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Oh, I see, you are an idiot.

11:54 am in Uncategorized by

If I had a nickel for every time I heard some idiot say, “There are plenty of jobs out there; these welfare people are just lazy,” I’d be able to retire quite comfortably.

People that say such things want to believe that being poor and living on government assistance is a non-stop party. Folks like that believe the only way to get these people to be tax payers is to stop all government assistance.

I’ve argued with folks (usually Republicans) that if they cut all government assistance, they will spend twice as much to arrest and lock up all the people that won’t have any way or any hope of supporting themselves and their families except turning to crime…like stealing food and clothing.

Here’s the big old Republican dream…

Cut all government assistance. No more food stamps, WIC, Medicare, Social Security, or anything else the government gives away to those lazy, good-for-nothing poor, sick, and old people.

Those that have been living high off the government hog but are able to work will give up and take one of those millions of jobs just waiting out there for them. Those jobs might be for low wages and have no benefits, but that’s what lazy people deserve. They just need to work hard for minimum wage, and that will be its own reward.

Sick people are whiners. People get sick. If they have been lazy and didn’t prepare to be sick, they die…so sad, too bad; why should lazy sick people get our money.

Old people are just lazy people that have lived long enough to become a burden to society. If you toss them off the dole, they will get off their lazy old asses or die…so sad, too bad; these geezers have lived long enough. They need to move on and let people with money breathe the air.

Poor, brown, and black people are naturally lazy. That’s why they end up consuming the most government assistance. If we stop coddling these human drains, they will get jobs and pay taxes. It’s just a matter of some tough love. Life on welfare is a wild party. It’s no wonder they stay on the dole.

If you believe any of this garbage, you are an idiot…or a Republican.

The American dream is supposed to be a rags-to-riches story. Anyone from anywhere can (with hard work and a love of God) be anything they want to be. There are no limits.

That’s just bullshit. It could be true someday if the playing field is leveled, but the truth is that the playing field for old, poor, brown, and black people goes uphill. The field for white people with money runs down hill.

It’s been that way since we bought and sold poor, brown, and black people in open markets. Emancipation was crippled by all the laws passed that restricted the choices of poor, brown, and black people.

In the last election, several states tried to make it harder for old, poor, brown, and black people to vote. The field is unlevel and it’s littered with mines. It’s been that way forever. So, if you believe the Republican dream, you are an idiot.

Any attempt to level the playing field is called “redistribution of wealth.” This is a horrible idea to Republicans because to them it means that old, poor, brown, and black people will be allowed into white people’s homes to take whatever they can carry.

If you slash and burn government spending like the ultra right freaks advocate, you will be up to your hips in old, poor, brown, black, and white people. There will be more homeless and sick people. The mess that austerity brings will overwhelm us faster that the scourge of the federal deficit.

If you take money out of the economy…the economy shrinks. When the economy shrinks, business tightens its belt. When business tightens its belt, you get more poor and sick people because business let them go. You can’t save the patient by slowing the flow of blood from the heart and cutting off all but the essential body parts necessary for survival.

If Republicans are right about the old and the poor and the only reason they don’t contribute to the economy is because they are lazy, the Republican dream will work.

If, on the other hand, the old and poor turn out to be victims of an unlevel playing field and cutting them loose to fend for themselves won’t force them to get jobs, then we are screwed.

Which scenario seems the most logical? We have real economic disparity in this country and less money will make the problem even worse…OR…all we need to do is cut these freeloaders off and our economy will pick right up and everything will be whiskey and whores.

I know what idiots think.

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Louder and slower

12:53 pm in Uncategorized by

I was married for 21 years before I got divorced. In the 11 years since the divorce, I’ve accepted the things I did wrong and I’ve embraced the things I did right.

One of my worst shortcomings was acting as if volume and speed were the answers to spousal communication. If I didn’t get my way or my point across, I’d repeat them louder and slower.

As you may imagine, this approach to matrimonial communication didn’t work…AND…it made my ex feel like I thought she was stupid (which she was not). That made her determined to ignore me and my wishes. I deserved it.

This was the approach taken by the Republican Party in the last election.

The Repubs repeated their tired, old message louder and slower, over and over until they really pissed us off. That’s when folks decided to wait in long lines to teach these sons-of-bitches a lesson.

I was born in 1954. I grew up watching Black people getting their heads bashed in, and I heard people say really stupid shit about why it was OK.

I watched as we sent millions of Americans (including my Dad) to Vietnam, and I heard people say really stupid shit about what we hoped to accomplish over there.

I saw women fighting for equal rights, and I heard people saying really stupid shit about why it was OK to keep them barefoot and pregnant.

I saw gay Americans move from the closet to the streets, and I heard stupid shit about why it was OK to knock them back into the closet and take away their rights.

Saying real stupid shit only works when a majority of people believe the stupid shit you say. That usually means that the people that say and believe stupid shit are kindred in some way…religion, race, sex, sexual preference, socio-economic status.

There is no lack of people saying stupid shit in America, but the number of people that believe the stupid shit is shrinking rapidly because all of the groups of people that were marginalized group-by-group in isolation became the majority this decade.

These are still disparate groups in many respects, but they have all started to know stupid shit when they hear it, and they have come to understand that the ballot box is the best weapon they can wield against the people saying stupid shit.

I have to admit that I thought all the Citizen United money and the voter suppression drives in key states were going to blunt the power of the electorate…and I believe the intervention by the Justice Department using the Voter Rights Act as it entrée into the fight saved the day for America’s new majority.

This is a fledgling coalition to be sure. We came together to defeat the people saying stupid shit, but we undoubtedly have many more internal squabbles ahead of us. The new minority will be digging for the issues that will separate us into pieces parts again, but I think we can recognize more stupid shit when we hear it.

A sizeable majority of Americans want to:

  • Balance the budget on the check books of the rich. All that entails is letting the Bush tax cuts expire only on Americans that make more than $250,000.00 a year.
  • Get the United States out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Bring these people home to their families.
  • Close Guantanamo. Tear it down and send everyone home.
  • Muzzle Wall Street so they can’t bite us in the ass again.
  • Quit trying to keep Gay men and women from enjoying all the benefits of American Citizenship.
  • Find an immigration policy that rewards good people and removes bad people.
  • Leave women alone to make decisions about their own reproductive health.
  • Live in a country that takes care of its poor, sick and elderly.
  • Have corporations pay their fair share of taxes. Take a look some time at the huge list of very successful corporations that pay no federal income tax.
  • Decrease our dependency on petroleum products and develop clean, renewable energy sources.
  • Make sure our past, present, and future veterans get all the help they need and deserve.

If our political leaders could accomplish any three of these things before the 2014 mid-term elections, they would be surprised at how much the electorate would appreciate it and how good it will make them feel.

The House and the Senate must be pretty depressing places to work. Success is measured by how little of anything worthwhile gets done. For God’s sake, don’t get caught doing anything that allows the other side to receive any credit for doing something right.

We shall see if the Republicans are capable of learning that repeating the same stupid shit louder and slower isn’t the way to get anything done…Lord, I hope they can learn.