Class Warfare Blog

October 16, 2013

The Tenor of Our Times

I have lived long enough to be shocked by the moral shift in the tenor of our politics. We have gone from a war on poverty, which was really quite successful, to a war on the poor. Fueling this change is the concept of freeloading. Nobody approves of freeloaders, nobody. But the despicable Tea Party has managed to channel what racism there is left in this country into a freeloading scenario. They believe that white people are paying taxes largely to give “free stuff” to poor black and brown people. This is despite the fact that the primary benefactor of most successful anti-poverty program in this country, Social Security, is white women. This is despite the fact that there are more white poor than any other category.

But this is why Southern racists are willing to support policies that give their tax money to rich people instead, at least they are white! So, if anyone wonders why poor people identify themselves as Republicans, you now have the answer.

But let’s take a step back. What is wrong with giving to the poor? Hell, even Christians do it. I believe we could easily guarantee food and shelter to every citizen, for a tiny fraction of the cost of our war machine. The Pentagon is right now destroying military equipment that was never used but has become obsolete and which we couldn’t pawn off on some poor country. If we were to go back to the military budget in George Bush’s first year, we could free up about $400 billion dollars per year (not per decade as most political yahoos claim to pump up their numbers to get attention). With that much money, everyone in college could be given a free education. Everyone hungry could eat and everyone homeless could be given shelter.

Now such an idea gives Teabillies the heebie jeebies because they think that all of the poor will then have no motivation to work. They picture some black or brown person in a hammock in a homeless shelter eating government cheese thinking that they finally got it made. So you can see that this whole attitude is fueled by racism. Tea Partiers believe that black and brown people are inherently lazy and that given even the most meager level of existence, they would not want more, all evidence to the contrary.

It is time to stop making war on the poor and build a better country by providing enough of the basics that any child can go to school and build a better life without having to think about where her next meal will come from or whether she will sleep outdoors tonight.

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15 Comments »

  1. If Tea Party really wanted to give the people motivation to work, they should be the ones advocating raising the minimum wage. But of course, it’s not really about motivating people to work, but about Koch brother saving a few bucks on their taxes.

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    Comment by List of X — October 16, 2013 @ 10:47 am | Reply

    • Actually the Tea Party rank and file aren’t the plutocrats, just being manipulated by them. The Teabillies want “their country back,” meaning blacks and women know their place and while people are in charge.

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      Comment by stephenpruis — October 16, 2013 @ 11:22 am | Reply

      • Oh, I understand that. But the rank and file are much more sincere in whatever beliefs that plutocrats had implanted in their heads.

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        Comment by List of X — October 16, 2013 @ 11:24 am | Reply

  2. About the sanest 5 paragraphs ever penned.

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    Comment by john zande — October 16, 2013 @ 10:47 am | Reply

    • Dang, John Zande, you are gonna turn mah haid! Lordy, lordy, oh, sorry about the reference to all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful all-missing being.

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      Comment by stephenpruis — October 16, 2013 @ 11:25 am | Reply

      • For a Californian lad you sure sound like a fine southern lass 🙂

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        Comment by john zande — October 16, 2013 @ 11:44 am | Reply

        • I did live in Southern California for three years. masybe that’s where I picked up mah axe-cent.

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          Comment by stephenpruis — October 16, 2013 @ 11:59 am | Reply

  3. Now such an idea gives Teabillies the heebie jeebies because they think that all of the poor will then have no motivation to work.

    I suspect it might just give such folk back their self respect and encourage/em> them to work.

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    Comment by Arkenaten — October 16, 2013 @ 10:53 am | Reply

    • I agree, when you are at a base level and that is the bottom of the economic rung, all of the goodies are above. But you shouldn’t have to starve and go homeless to have such a perspective.

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      Comment by stephenpruis — October 16, 2013 @ 11:23 am | Reply

      • Certainly not when the government is spending the type of money on “defense” that would make the average megalomaniacal despot’s eyes water.

        Such action should be considered as nothing less than criminal.
        Of course, we have that mentality down here in SA – although not with these numbers. (which are truly staggering).

        But if ”they” are voted in it is difficult to apportion blame…this is what democracy is all about.

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        Comment by Arkenaten — October 16, 2013 @ 11:30 am | Reply

        • Democracy is more than about voting for representatives. The Soviet Union held elections. It is about people of good will striving to govern ourselves while doing the most good and the least harm.

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          Comment by stephenpruis — October 16, 2013 @ 11:43 am | Reply

          • Oh, I know what it is supposed to be.

            Doesn’t often happen though, does it? Sad to say…

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            Comment by Arkenaten — October 16, 2013 @ 11:45 am | Reply

  4. What is so frightening about the “Tenor of the Times” is the visible disconnect between the world view of the extreme right and reality. Reality keep smacking these folks in the face, but most have such a thick carapace of ignorance the painful lessons do not seem to bring any useful change.

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    Comment by Peter Walsh — October 18, 2013 @ 8:04 am | Reply

    • The “newsspeak” of Fox (sic) News and the like give a daily does of disorienting irreality until watchers will believe almost anything, except what is real.

      Shameful that we allow a viper to take up residence in our nest.

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      Comment by stephenpruis — October 18, 2013 @ 8:08 am | Reply


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