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  •  I'm going on recent history. (3+ / 0-)
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    erush1345, VClib, notrouble

    I remember how the Republicans used "welfare queens" to lure the so-called "Reagan Democrats" to give Reagan one of the biggest landslide victories in U.S. history.  

    I remember how Clinton was forced to sign welfare reform because of overwhelming popular sentiment.

    Look at this poll, which is typical.  Even assuming Rassmusen over-polls conservatives, that's still an overwhelming majority any way you look at it.  And, Rassmussen repeatedly polls this issue because it works well for conservatives.  Also, look at this NPR poll, where half of Americans -- including half of the poor -- think the poor aren't doing enough to help themselves.  

    The middle class in this country is happy to cut back on welfare.  They are NOT happy with cuts to SS because they believe that it is NOT welfare, that seniors "earned" their benefits.  That is the genius of FDR.  

    Sure, people on Dailykos see nothing wrong with welfare.  I'm telling you that the views of many on Dailykos are far, far to the left of the rest of the country.  All the polls that I've seen show an overwhelming distrust of welfare, and overwhelming belief that it's being "abused."  How many times do conservative websites, even today, talk about the growing number of people on food stamps? Why do conservatives push "drug tests for people on welfare" (supported by 88% in this poll)? Because that works in this country.  The vast majority of people in this country think "able-bodied adults" should have to work for what they get.  No, they do not believe that everyone is going to become Bill Gates.  But they believe that a lot of people on "welfare" could work for a living but find reasons not to.

    Whether you personally think that is true or not, you have to deal with the fact that this is a country with a very strong work ethic.  This country thinks that if you are able to work, you ought to work for what you get.  If the public perceives you earned something, they vehemently support your right to have it.  If the public perceives you are getting something for nothing - -because somebody else paid for it -- they are generally not happy with that.  

    •  The problem there is that nobody (2+ / 0-)
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      aliasalias, ItsSimpleSimon

      really thinks that Social Security is a welfare program except those corporatists who are bound and determined to reframe it as one. Everyone knows wage earners have their wages taxed for this specific purpose.

      It's tax money that we pay in. Involuntarily.

      And not for nothing, but I fail to see how any of this is a 'Defense of Social Security".

      It is time to #Occupy Media.

      by lunachickie on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 12:26:04 PM PDT

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