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  •  What is a "welfare queen"? (0+ / 0-)

    Seen that posted three times now on DailyKOS.

    What is that relating to?

    •  Reagan repeatedly told a myth about black (3+ / 0-)
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      women in caddys pulling up to the welfare office to get their checks, and got people mad at those lazy black people who were living high on the hog while real Americans were working so hard ... It was divide and conquer and it worked.

      The Republicans have been using it ever since to stir up resentments between different groups of Americans, so we go to war with each other while the rich keep consolidating the wealth in this country for themselves.

      It was immigrants just recently.

      Now, it's teachers and public sector unions.  

      If they can get us to fight with each other for crumbs, they can keep the poor and middle class from noticing what they are doing to the environment etc.  

      And, if we ever do say, "Hey, wait a minute, you guys on top need to share in the pain too."  Then, they threaten to not make jobs for us, and trot out another way for us to focus on envying each other.

      Oh, and if we start yelling, "Hey, this isn't playing fair!" They scream class warfare and socialism.  We actually have a mixed economy, a mix of socialism and capitalism.  The country has worked best when we had a balance and the income inequality was far less -- when we used to have a strong middle class.

      Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

      by bkamr on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 05:43:06 PM PDT

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