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  •  I think that's part of it too (2+ / 0-)
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    ban nock, auapplemac

    If you honestly believe that poor people are poor because they are lazy and don't want to work, it seems morally wrong to "reward them" for their "poor work ethic" by giving them welfare.

    It's like the story of the grasshopper and the ants.  The ants worked all summer, while the grasshopper goofed off.  The ants were prepared for the winter, but the grasshopper was in desperate straights.

    The right-wing media is constantly looking for stories that re-enforce the myth that poor people are lazy, and that welfare is simply stealing from the "responsible" to give to the "not responsible".  I can see how a steady diet of that crap (and never/rarely being exposed to "good people who want to work" who cannot find jobs, or the working poor who are working 2-3 jobs and still not getting by) would cause one to believe that the poor deserve what they they are getting.

    If a small minority of people is now stealthily ruling what was previously a democratic country, and "the people" don't seem to realize it, should anyone bother to tell them?

    by Older and Wiser Now on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 03:27:37 PM PDT

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    •  There's "honestly believe" (3+ / 0-)

      and then there's "honestly believe because it's what you want to believe"

    •  We have to get out of our bubble, too. Not all (1+ / 0-)
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      poor people are saints.

      There are those who prefer to get a handout. There are others who never applied themselves in school or tried to get a GED so they could qualify for a half-way decent job.

      There are those who would rather drink or do drugs than face lives challenges.

      There are those who are brought up in their neighborhood bubble and become "comfortable" with that way of life.

      There are lots of bubbles for all types of mindsets.

      It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

      by auapplemac on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 04:31:47 AM PDT

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