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  •  The bile surrounding "welfare"/SNAP is stunning (8+ / 0-)

    Even within my own family, I know several people, Republicans but not the usual Tea Party types, who will completely fly off the handle at the merest mention of "welfare" (scare quotes because they use it as a general term for any public assistance). They all have anecdotal examples that usually go something like this: "Well I remember seeing people buying steaks and all sorts of expensive stuff with food stamps!"..."This guy told me that his family is gaming the system!"..."I know a bunch of them that obviously don't want to work and just collect checks."

    It isn't hard to figure out who those people are. I will grant that, over the past four decades, there have certainly been issues with various programs, and the relatives I paraphrased are referring to alleged incidents dating as far back as the 70's. But the sheer bile and hate that this topic brings up is remarkable, and very sad.

    There has been a "story," "Study: Welfare often pays more than work,"sitting on the front page of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for the past several days. It is written by one of the right/libertarian columnists, and the "study" is from the Cato Institute. It is beyond ABSURD, and blatantly inflammatory, that this is being passed off as a "headline," as though it came from the damn Congressional Budget Office or something. This is what we're up against.  

    Read the comments if you dare. Racism, cruelty, even fucking pro-eugenics sentiments are on full display. The "baby with the bathwater" attitude toward SNAP or any public assistance is disgusting. I have to wonder how many of the most virulent commenters go to church every Sunday like clockwork and have somehow missed the love-thy-fellow-man bit. Then again, I doubt they consider those people or anyone who needs public assistant human. That is, of course, until they or theirs do.

    •  hey if 4 year olds can work, let them work (5+ / 0-)

      Pat Robertson has the most practical sort of charity whereby he evidently has used donations to fund his blood diamond mining operations in Africa.  In his case, charity does indeed begin at home

    •  I read with revulsion the Cato Institute (6+ / 0-)

      "study" you cited. The message is that we hardworking taxpayers are paying millions of grifters $24 an hour to sit on their asses and live off the fat of the land.

      Anybody with two functioning neurons can figure out that this cannot possibly be true. If it were actually true, then all Walmart and McDonald's employees would instantly quit their $7.75/hr  jobs and get a raise to three times that amount.

      The Cato Institute and their ilk are just lying sacks of shit.  

      ... but He loves you! -- George Carlin -- (-7.25, -6.21)

      by Tim DeLaney on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 09:14:33 PM PDT

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    •  Actually, they most likely do remember people (5+ / 0-)

      buying alcohol or whatever with food stamps even though it never happened.  After all, if people (all of which had visited Disney Land or Disney World) can be made to remember meeting Bugs Bunny at Disney Land/World simply by placing a 4 foot Bugs cutout in the room and reading a fake Disneyland ad featuring Bugs Bunny why not?  Note that the only things they did were to put the cutout in the room, add a fake ad to the reading material in the room, and ask a "leading" question.

      From the abc news website:

      After reading through the ad, which featured a picture of Bugs just outside the Magic Kingdom, the participants were asked whether they had met Bugs while on a visit to the theme park, and whether they had shaken his hand.

       About one-third of the participants who had read the phony ad featuring Bugs said they either remembered, or at least knew, they had indeed met Bugs at Disneyland and shaken his hand. Or foot, as the case may be.

       But here's the rub. Bugs Bunny wouldn't be caught dead at Disneyland. He belongs to Warner Brothers.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Sun Sep 22, 2013 at 03:54:34 AM PDT

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      •  Part of the suite. "Believers" without much hp (1+ / 0-)
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        in the gray cells—whether by nature or nurture. It is very likely the reason behind the high correlation between certain religious bent and the TP/GOP. If I recall there was also some survey showing that the same groups tended to fall for scams.

        That is certainly my casual observation. A few relatives and acquaintances I've been thrown together with even after knowing they "loved Bush" and were out there on the right (I usually treat such people as dog shit on my shoe) also had high scores on both the religiosity and sucker scale. Ever sat there being recruited for a classic Ponzi by a true believer of all that stuff who is sincerely impervious to every warning comment? Like Alice down the rabbit hole!

        These are the zombie foot soldiers in the schemes and scams of an "atheistic" RW elite with an agenda. That elite probably believes little of the bullshit, just sees the advantage of riding those zombies to power.

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

        by pelagicray on Sun Sep 22, 2013 at 05:44:13 AM PDT

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