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  •  Assholes (12+ / 0-)

    Mark Steyn posted a huffy defense of this loathsome behavior.

    Over the weekend, I posted a couple of things re Graeme Frost, the Democratic Party's 12-year old healthcare spokesman. Michelle Malkin reports that the blogospheric lefties are all steamed about the wingnuts' Swiftboating of sick kids, etc.

    Sorry, no sale. The Democrats chose to outsource their airtime to a Seventh Grader. If a political party is desperate enough to send a boy to do a man's job, then the boy is fair game.

    ...

    But one thing is clear by now: Whatever the truth about this boy's private school, his family home, his father's commercial property, etc, the Frosts are a very particular situation and do not illustrate any social generality - and certainly not one that makes the case for an expensive expansive all-but universal entitlement.

    A more basic point is made very robustly by Kathy Shaidle: Advanced western democracies have delivered the most prosperous societies in human history. There simply are no longer genuinely "poor" people in sufficient numbers. As Miss Shaidle points out, if you're poor today, it's almost always for behavioral reasons - behavior which the state chooses not to discourage but to reward. Nonetheless, progressive types persist in deluding themselves that there are vast masses of the "needy" out there that only the government can rescue.

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Mon Oct 08, 2007 at 05:04:00 PM PDT

    •  WHAT???? (3+ / 0-)
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      Is there a line to humanity here?

      Harry Reid is holding our troops hostage by "waiting" to end the Iraq war so that it may become an issue in the 2008 campaign. Disgraceful.

      by bhagamu on Mon Oct 08, 2007 at 05:14:14 PM PDT

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    •  Oh, wow... (5+ / 0-)

      This says it all:

      There simply are no longer genuinely "poor" people in sufficient numbers. As Miss Shaidle points out, if you're poor today, it's almost always for behavioral reasons - behavior which the state chooses not to discourage but to reward.

      Duh-nile ain't just a river in Egypt.

      I've lived in Hollywood, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and London. I've lived at all different areas of the economic ladder, and I can tell you with certainty: this sheltered, ivory-tower, brie-cheese eating, champaign sipping Nero who fiddles while children go hungry and live in apartments infested with mice and cockroaches needs to get a reality grip.

      This stuff infuriates me: let's talk about economic and social philosophy. Let's disagree politically.

      But don't insult my intelligence...or yours.

      "The revolution's just an ethical haircut away..." Billy Bragg

      by grannyhelen on Mon Oct 08, 2007 at 05:21:36 PM PDT

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    •  SICK BASTARD!!! (5+ / 0-)

      Not you, bumblebums -- that idiot asshole you're quoting. "If you're poor, it's your own damn fault." Somehow I missed that in the Gospels...

      You're only as popular as the last diary/comment you posted. -- Zachpunk

      by Cali Scribe on Mon Oct 08, 2007 at 05:24:52 PM PDT

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    •  Wow! (5+ / 0-)

      We won the war on poverty!!!  Woohoo!!

      End the Iraq occupation!

      by Unstable Isotope on Mon Oct 08, 2007 at 06:27:50 PM PDT

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    •  If that's their defense (0+ / 0-)

      We have nothing to worry about.

      Only people who would believe absolutely anything they were told would believe a line like "There simply are no longer genuinely "poor" people".

      People who would believe that would believe the earth is flat, if the person they listened to told them... Oh, wait...

      "The road goes ever on." JRR Tolkien --- "Ahh! Arrogance and stupidity in the same package, how efficient of you!" J.M.Straczynski

      by Cofcos on Tue Oct 09, 2007 at 06:01:41 AM PDT

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