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  •  Well, they are not "benefits." (14+ / 0-)

    Benefits is a word that pretends to consider the matter from the perspective of the recipient and ignores that compensation, whether immediate or deferred, is an obligation that anyone who employs the services of others has incurred.
    Over and above those obligations are the obligations that come with exclusive private property rights -- i.e. the obligation to share the fruits thereof and insure that the human rights of all persons are satisfied.
    That said, I don't think Republicans hate poor people. The Republican party has become home to a cadre of self-centered human beings whose attitude towards their fellow man is comparable to that of a mosquito looking for warm blood. Since they're going after their own kind, their behavior is cannibalistic. Symbolism makes it possible to render the cannibalism bloodless. Instead of employing fangs, humans, the tool-using species, has learned to sublimate their impulse by relying on currency to withhold and extract sustenance. Because, keep in mind that the poor are actually being kept in reserve to provide some labor or entertainment down the line. Some are even kept in a condition comparable to that of stuffed geese, whose livers become delicacies after a while.
    And that's not just a metaphorical comparison. How many young adult vehicular "accident" victims have their organs harvested for transplantation? How many of those "accidents" can be ascribed to a meaningless, hopeless existence?
    What it's time for, IMHO, is some righteous anger. We have predators living in our midst and, even when they seclude themselves in veritable prisons, their abusive behavior persists. Abuse is actually what we organize governments to counter -- not the barbarians at the gates, but the wolves in sheep's clothing in our midst.
    Abusers are temporarily less-than-lethal predators. Eventually, the pounds of flesh end up destroying people in the prime of life. That's why the ACA is being resisted. It threatens to expose the extent of the abuse and, if it works, actually render the prey more resistant.

    Sorry to hear you've not felt well enough to write. Mental activity requires a lot of energy and when the body is fighting physical illness, the normal flow to the brain is reduced. Consider it an example of what mal-nourished, parasite-harboring people experience as a chronic condition. They don't even know what it is to feel energetic. But, it does make them easy to exploit. That's how we know that poverty in the U.S. is not a happenstance. Never has been.

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    by hannah on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 02:36:31 AM PST

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