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  •  The fear of having stuff taken away (10+ / 0-)

    is what I heard in several conversations this time around. Stuff meaning consumer goods that many feel we have the right to even though we don't really need it.

    A relative posted "That's why I work so hard and never get a vacation - so you can sit around on your ass all day and collect welfare" in big, poster-like letters on his Facebook.

    This relative has lots of stuff. Right after he posted that, his wife started posting about her new car, and then I heard they cancelled the vacation of a life-time to invest in property. They are all about what they buy, and not supporting the 47% for fear that they won't have as much money to buy stuff.

    Ironically, they have both had to depend on government assistance at different times in their lives to get through rough times and that included not paying taxes for awhile.

    Of course, now they both claim that they pulled out of those tough times through their own hard work and initiative. True, but they had help when they needed it.

    I'm glad that Obama was re-elected and we stand a chance of getting the stuff that we all really need. I'm glad for the chance to start acting more like a community.

    Great diary, by the way.

    •  They deserve their stuff; no one else does (6+ / 0-)

      In the wingnut alternate universe, Democrats are lazy bums who were bribed into voting for Obama with free cell phones and condoms.

      Oh, and Obama himself ran for president so that he could get perks that he otherwise could not afford -- from the ghetto to the White House. So now he, his wife, his daughters, his mother-in-law, and God knows how many African relatives live "high on the hog" at taxpayers' expense.

      Never mind that both Barack and Michelle were lawyers, the girls already went to private school, and the house in Chicago was rather nice.

      Wingnut women with shoe collections that would make Imelda Marcos envious have hissy fits if Michelle buys designer sneakers, and wingnut couples about to embark on a Mediterranean cruise rant and rave if Malia goes to Mexico on a class trip.

      All because, after all, "we deserve it."

      261.A wealthy man can afford anything except a conscience. -Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

      by MaikeH on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 10:15:15 AM PST

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    •  Great example of their narrow view of "stuff" (3+ / 0-)
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      To hell with the common and its benefits.

      There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited. The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. - Sun Tzu

      by OHeyeO on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 07:08:15 PM PST

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