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  •  Republicans depend on an empathy gap (12+ / 0-)

    to blame the poor for their own problems and demonize various "others" to get people to vote against their economic interests. As Greg Kaufmann points out, this works great for their corporate masters, which is why we see wage stagnation and productivity growth -- the corporate sweet spot.

    The answer isn't handwringing editorials about poverty. It's in this quote in the body of Greg Kaufmann's piece from Lawrence Mishel (the President of a progressive think-tank):

    “If you really want to get wages to grow broadly for everybody it means confronting power in the workplace.”
    •  That demonization continues to grow, boosted (7+ / 0-)

      by a compliant media organization and a self-serving right-wing leadership.

      The myth of the "Welfare Queen" never dies. It seems that virtually every week, some lying rightwing piece of shit on a local blog or local newspaper's comment forum recounts his bullshit story about being behind "some fat black woman with a cart full of lobster, cigarettes, beer, and fine steaks paying for it all with her food stamps and having the bag boy carry it all out to her late-model Lexus" in the grocery store line. Gosh, that woman sure does get around...it seems that every rightwing liar has been stuck behind her!

      And not content with Heritage's ridiculous "report" a year or two ago that concluded that the problem with America's poor is just that they Aren't. Poor. Enough. - they have refrigeration and indoor cooking facilities, don't ya know - AEI has recently doubled-down on the "fuck the poor" hatespeak. In the corrupt and sociopatiic minds of these "think tankers", the real solution to the "problem" of America's poor is to get the situation to more closely resemble the worst of Haiti, or Rwanda. That'll show 'em!

      "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

      by blue in NC on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 05:41:39 AM PDT

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      •  Oops...sorry. It wasn't AEI, it was CATO with (3+ / 0-)
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        the new report about how "America's poor aren't poor enough", covered in xxdr zombiexx's excellent diary last week.

        "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

        by blue in NC on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 06:07:38 AM PDT

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      •  Has anybody (3+ / 0-)
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        Ever captured that welfare queen on a cell phone cam? She's about as elusive as bigfoot or little green men. And possbily about as real.....

        There is a clinical psychologicalt researhcer named Dan Owleus who did clinical observation on the socially manipulated flavor of bullying and he called it "Mobbing". I think that there's it deliberately going on at a national level against the poor, Unions, "Sluts" and "them thar Kommiepinkososhulist Liburls".

        "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

        by Stude Dude on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 06:31:56 AM PDT

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