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  •  I'm just imagining the lesson (4+ / 0-)
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    the dumbfuck true-believers in the GOP learns is that harnessing the IRS, and State-level tax gathering agencies, would be an awesome weapon to go after the poor, the sick, the person of color, and it's  political enemies party.

    You gotta put everything through the bizarroworld prism, not the good government prism.

    "You don't have to cut heating oil for the poor or Pell grants for students. You just have to make people pay what they owe."
    But.

    They want to cut heating oil for the poor.
    And Pell grants for students.
    And poor kids school lunches.
    And food stamps.

    It's not just that they "have to", it's that they want to.

    It's fun for them.

    It brings them pleasure to see people they think of as undeserving and getting their just cosmic reward for their own weakness and incompetence in pain.

    Mercy is enabling behavior.

    A Movement Conservative, especially a Tea Party type, can explain to you, in great detail, how giving a poor kid a free lunch is like giving drugs to a drug addict or free booze to an drunk.

    To this day, you can get a circa 1981 lecture on welfare benefits being used to buy Remy Martin and T-bones.  

    These are the folks who came up with the idea that black people are the real racists, and that the poorer the black person is, the greater the power they have to fix elections so rich white people can't have a free and fair vote. So. Voter fraud (voting for the non-Republican in the race) must be stopped!

    The dumb ones at least have the excuse of being dumb enough to believe the bullshit to do vile things.

    But the Movement Conservative Right is full of people who are pretty smart. They know their Heritage Foundation studies are bullshit. They know climate change is real. They know people are suffering. They know the IRS would deliver a tsunami of revenue if it functioned as well as it could.

    But then, they wouldn't get as much money in their own pocket. Good government means they have to pay more taxes, and government might do more.

    Can't have that.

    It's hard not to notice that the Movement Conservative Right takes a kind of movement-wide glee out of sabotaging the ability of the State to govern, and denying people in need aid because they deserve to be punished and in dire crisis.

    Our goal is good government.

    Their goal is to make that impossible.

    We are never going to learn the same lessons. We have radically different goals.

    When I read things like this, the first thing I think is "Why aren't we kicking their asses?"

    The GOP couldn't do what it does without a lot of people hoping the GOP just hits bottom and suddenly wakes up to the idea that they should be doing the right thing, not lining their own pockets and making their political patrons richer. The Waiting for good faith Godot. The GOP has been 'hijacked' by it's 'crazy wing'.

    Big Business is fine with the Teahadi, and so are the Republican elite. I would argue that most Movement Conservatives, from talk radio hacks to think tankers to the "founders" of this or that blog or policy outfit, they all know the truth, all of it, and they don't care. Not about global climate change. Not about poverty. Not about income inequality.

    They get richer if America's coastline cities drown.

    "Fuck 'em. They should have moved."

    Some days I think the best thing that could happen to non-Conservatives is the death of Conservative Outrage Porn. At this point, it's like being shocked that rabid dogs bite innocent people and maul kids to death.

    I'm more concerned with people whose job it is to stop rabid dogs from biting people hoping that the rabid dogs eventually get sick of being rabid, feel guilty and remorseful about how they have behaved, and just go back to being healthy and happy dogs who chase sticks and make kids happy.

    I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

    by LeftHandedMan on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 06:40:12 PM PDT

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