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  •  Do they want people to actually starve? (3+ / 0-)
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    As a Swede I cannot understand Americans who want even less spending than what you already have.

    Conservatism = greed, hate, fear and ignorance

    by Joe B on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 04:15:22 PM PST

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    •  The assumption among people I know who say this (0+ / 0-)

      is that the recipients are lazy and dishonest, either working and/or with assets and not reporting it, or capable of working and finding a job but choosing not to. So technically, according to their viewpoint, they're not being mean to poor and desperate people, but to lazy cheats. I'm not condoning or agreeing with them, mind you, just saying the sorts of things I hear beyond the blogosphere--where most people live. It's important to remember that not everyone is as plugged in as most folks here and there's still a lot of misinformation out there.

      Btw I don't doubt that there's cheating and fraud, but I'm sure that it's a fairly small part of the system. Most people don't want to be on aid if they can help it.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 05:14:35 PM PST

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