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by joelgp on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:16:06 PM PDT
"My father was embarrassed, but my mother was grateful that she was able to feed her kids."
I'll bet that isn't isolated to his family. It isn't an accident that the Republican party has recently been more male and the Democratic party more female.
You can't universalize, but . . . .
Ok, so I read the polls.
by andgarden on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:21:08 PM PDT
I'm convinced that Paul Ryan's whole belief system is based on how ashamed he felt for growing up on Social Security checks. There's nothing wrong with growing up that way, but this country unfairly stigmatizes that like no other, so I'm betting that Ryan grew up feeling weak and dependent because society told him only moochers get help.
Likewise for John King's dad; he shouldn't have felt embarrassed to be on food stamps. Our society had told generations of people that they're losers if they need financial help. Wonder how different we'd be if that attitude changed.
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by keirdubois on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:25:55 PM PDT
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and said he used them for college. His family had money.
by BrianParker14 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:33:38 PM PDT
They took the "help" as if they were "entitled". He had no trouble saving the gubmint special Ryan entitlement for public college tuition. Easy-peasy, no big whoop. Now he doesn't want anyone else mooching. The fucking nerve! And that my friend, is the whole gist of the insult to we lessers out here.
"Mitt Romney seems like the kind of man who immediately rushes off to wash his hands after sex. Really. Don't you think so?" My mother in law!
by lexalou on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:44:47 PM PDT
If they failed, the government ruined it for 'em. If they get a break, they deserve it. If you get a break, it's a handout and an entitlement. It's a baffling, willfully blind cognitive dissonance best summed up by their head coach, in what is perhaps my favorite sound bite of all time.
CRAIG T. NELSON (6/2/2009): I've been on food stamps and welfare. Anybody help me out? No!
You can't take the sky from me!
by wrights on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 04:12:21 AM PDT
Romney and his fatcat donors should be ashamed of themselves. Shame on them. Shame.
by stef on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:23:04 PM PDT
for herself and her two kids. I am helping her buy a mobile home so she can be next door to us so she can help keep family members out of nursing homes.
She loves her work but was fired from her last position because it was obvious she was preggers and therefore was going to demand time off so they fired her. Since she is showing, other employers have come up with all sorts of reasons to not hire her.
I could help her more with every day expenses but I cannot do that and pony up the down payment on a mobile home. Without her help, family members will be institutionalized. the question for GOPers out there do they think it is cheaper to provide her food stamps so she can eat healthy during a difficult pregnancy or should we eschew the mobile home and institutionalize the family member? Which solution would cost least?
Oh I forgot the winger solution: the family member could just go ahead and die and solve the whole problem
by entlord on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:30:05 PM PDT
entlord. I wish I could do more. I hope a hug helps, if only for a little while.
by GeauxGeauxGirl on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 08:54:31 PM PDT
is my brother, who is a staunch Republican, promptly abandoned us when the troubles began and his attorney informed me he would have me arrested for stalking should I try to contact him
by entlord on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 09:14:21 PM PDT
"Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."
CALL EVERYONE YOU KNOW in OH, PA, FL, NC and TX. Make sure they have the ID they need to vote, and make sure YOU are registered and ready to vote!
by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 10:35:56 PM PDT
another irony about the family situation is he is a minister and is scared silly his congregation finds out about some of his non-ministerial activities
by entlord on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 11:29:35 PM PDT
May you find strength as you grow through this situation.
I ♥ President Obama!
by CocoaLove on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:35:42 AM PDT
no shame, stef
Kein Eis für Nazis!
by Jeffersonian Democrat on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 02:58:51 AM PDT
let their neighbors know who they are, and challenge those who claim they haven't.
Now that Romney's made it an issue, governement assistance shouldn't be a dirty little secret. It should be a public celebration of how we all, at one time or another, helped each other out.
Fact is, we should have a holiday just to express our gratitude to each other.
"I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10
by Bob Love on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:24:48 PM PDT
just for "those people."
Imagine "cutting" bankruptcy, for example. (Actually, we did; lots of students and former students are stuck with debt they may never be able to repay--and can't discharge).
by andgarden on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:27:32 PM PDT
... the rightful response would be a big FU.
That's what anyone who's ever used food stamps, unemployment, welfare, medicaid, etc can now say to Mitt.
Election Day is turning into "Screw you, Mitt" day.
by Bob Love on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:32:39 PM PDT
pay taxes. Wonder if the mittster payed fed inc. taxes in the years before 2010? Said he payed taxes, but were those boat launch taxes or mortgage taxes or sales taxes or license taxes or ....?
by BrianParker14 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:37:34 PM PDT
"I feel like I'm still waiting to meet my true self. I'm assuming it's gonna be in a dark alley and there's gonna be a fight." ---Rachel Maddow
by never forget 2000 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:41:14 PM PDT
It occurred to me that most of the dinner 'guests' probably paid a lower income tax rate than those serving them. Just my immediate thought. Hmmm. Perhaps this idea might make for a good ad.
There's nothing much wrong with a closed mind that a closed mouth wouldn't cure.
by numi on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:49:28 PM PDT
by BrianParker14 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 08:05:14 PM PDT
road as a whole generation has enormous loan loads that they have no intention of trying to repay. Instead they don't do the things that can be traced and enter the shadow economy. The pity is that by choosing to exist on the edge, they condemn themselves to poverty in one form or another
by entlord on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:34:09 PM PDT
Or they just can't find a job that will allow them to pay them off and the interest just keeps capitalizing? I'm not sure I like your comment very much.
"Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities."
by dancerat on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 10:07:35 PM PDT
take classes until they exhaust all possible financial sources and then move on, never intending to be enough a part of the mainstream economy to have the money recouped. One example would be their intent to never have a bank account and to refuse jobs that don't pay cash and other ways of flying under the radar
by entlord on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 11:27:56 PM PDT
Yes, Americans help each other: our students, our elderly, workers who loose their jobs, people with disabilities.
When we get established or get back on our feet, we pass it on.
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by JayRaye on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:34:54 PM PDT
but some assholes (P. Ryan Esq.) are more than happy to "mooch" and then give a big FU to everyone else by killing the programs they used at one point in their lives...
by whytewolf on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:57:32 PM PDT
We don't slam the door, we prop it open.
We're ALL better off when we're ALL better off!
by susanWAstate on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:29:46 PM PDT
and though most families do get back on their feet and move off public assistance, our society still embraces the idea of the "worthy poor" where the poor have the earn the right to receive charity.
imagine Jesus with the fishes and loaves doing a quick means check on each member of the crowed before they received their food
by entlord on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:32:11 PM PDT
that results in so many of the working poor with children paying no income tax.
They are apparently oblivious that that is only available to people who are working.
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by trillian on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:52:09 PM PDT
table, it was the impromptu community that actually started sharing and spreading food. In other words, as I remember it they first divided the crowd into manageable groups, and then, having stood in a waiting crowd myself I have witnessed that when a few start to bring out food, you get a Stone Soup situation in which everyone actually had a little something (cinnamon roll? pack of gum?) and began sharing and the little they thought they had became vastly multiplied.
But someone has to start the ball rolling, like the little boy with fishes, and (boy it's been a while, I hope I'm remembering this stuff right) and I have always seen this, and the episode with the "poisonous gourds" as exercises in the psychology of crowd control.
Meanwhile, this all works for a day or three, but for life in general we need to institutionalize caring for our neighbors through food stamps, etc.
But we also as a nation need to start billing WalMart et al, for the money spent on food-stamps for people not getting paid a decent wage for Working!
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by nuclear winter solstice on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:16:54 AM PDT
Many people have struggled at some point in their life and they don't want to be lectured by some rich guy who has elevators for his cars that they need to start taking responsibility. The asshole is so clueless that he thinks that he can make it seem that the 47% are all welfare queens. It's not the case Mr Rmoney.
by onlysaneTexanLeft on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:28:53 PM PDT
...are the biggest welfare queens.
BTW, if people who don't pay taxes vote for Obama, was that a Mitt Slip, in saying he'll vote for Obama?
Regulated capital serves the people, unregulated capital serves itself.
by Alumbrados on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 07:59:32 PM PDT
has seemed like a rethug tool to me. I should give him another look. It almost feels like the nasty and greedy rethugs are managing to unite this country behind what we've always stood for but that some have forgotten... we are a basically kind and sharing people who give a hand up and know we're truly all in this together. A great reawakening seems close at hand.
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by nannyboz on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:31:20 PM PDT
Romney's comments seem to have gotten to him. He seems to be someone who is a "sort of" Republican and who knows a lot of Democrats and Republicans that he likes personally. I think that because of his job he tries to maintain some semblance of neutrality. I don't get the impression that he is a zealot for anyone.
For him to have revealed that his parents had been on food stamps shows me that this is a middle class man who is offended by a slur made against his parents. He knows what his parents went through and is just now realizing the cold heartless SOB that is Mitt Romney. How many other John King's are out there and don't have his megaphone but do have a ballot? Hmmmm . . .
by ellefarr on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:46:04 PM PDT
You don't hire Glenn Beck, Erick Erickson, and Dana Loesch without being a full-on propagandist for the Party.
by SCFrog on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:37:29 PM PDT
King just doesn't want to go down with Romney, so he's parroting what he perceives as the CW.
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by nosleep4u on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:53:48 PM PDT
every (week?, month?) and said everyone needs to read it to get the truth or any real understanding of what's happening in our country. He said it's name it several times but I forget it now.
But then I looked it up. The big articles were Obama bashing and conspiracy friendly, anti-liberal. Coulter had an article that week
He had the weekly show then and I thought that hearty recommendation was probably not a good idea but it explained a lot.
My dislike of him and his bias is just a background to say that I found what he said very moving and was impressed that he would say it
by joynow on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 08:28:11 PM PDT
his coverage, and I thought it really showed when he did State of the Nation.
That said, it's really telling that he felt compelled to mention that his parents had at one point relied on food stamps. He looked uncomfortable saying it, too, which to me made it more impressive as well.
He seemed to take it a bit personally that Mitt denigrated his parents, and by extension his family, as victims and moochers. And there are many, many out there like him, including Romney himself if Lenore Romney is to be believed.
So many people in this country need help at some point or another. They're not losers, they're not victims and they're not quitters.
I really hope his 47 percent comment is the wakeup call for millions of Americans. I want Romney to lose, and lose big. He is an entitled asshole, a silver spooner, without a shred of compassion or empathy.
by caryltoo on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 01:57:09 AM PDT
has done a lot of good. and i dont mean hurting romney
we are finally talking about working, sick, elderly, veterans, disabled, people who need help. and we are doing it in a positive manner.
we are now seeing the face of government assistance and it is us. it is Americans. not an abstract. not a racist attack. not a sexist hit. not a political tool.
just an image that makes me proud to be an america. proud of a kind america.
it isnt often i am proud of america, sadly.
thanks david corn
james carter IV
and the anonymous film maker
"With malice toward none, with charity for all..." -Abraham Lincoln not a modern republican
by live1 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:32:47 PM PDT
I never cease to be amazed by the power of one.
by ellefarr on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:47:45 PM PDT
it was the help... the caterers. Here's a difference for you:
At Romney events, the hired help tapes him and then screws him. (Private 1% fundraiser)
At Obama events, the hired help cheers and wipes tears from their eyes (DNC convention)
“If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin
by ivorybill on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 07:13:45 PM PDT
just look at the perspective of the camera. it is clearly on some kind of beverage table. You can hear ice water pouring several times. you can also see what looks like a metal water pitcher and a glass wine decanter.
the help at Obama events knows that they are not being mocked!
by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 10:46:10 PM PDT
I hope she eventually steps forward to accept our thanks, but if she decides not to let her know what a great service she has done to our nation in exposing this two-faced hypocrital tax-evading monster for what he is.
by stef on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 07:37:40 PM PDT
tide of Republican shittiness will sweep over her and do much damage, if not destroy her.
She needs to wait.
Of course, if those on here who drove her off hadn't been such dolts, we might have known by now.
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by glorificus on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 11:21:34 PM PDT
by lastman on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:15:27 PM PDT
The more that people come forward, the more we take away the power of the dog whistle that conflates non income tax payers, Obama supporters and lazy freeloaders---read black and brown. Romney is already trying to pivot and say that he wants to bring people out of poverty, but I think I understand the English language pretty well, and that's not what he was saying.
by never forget 2000 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:47:09 PM PDT
not because it is an unusual experience for most Americans or related any better than so many others who share that experience, but that it comes from a major news
personality and at CNN. King, in fact, was one of the reasons after 9/11 and into the Iraq war propaganda, that I wrote off CNN. His carrying water for Bushco about the war and describing the Democrats' opposition to Bush's major tax cuts as just being political and by implication anti-patriotic. It was pretty much the proverbial straw for me.
I would like to see this as a turning point toward honesty in journalism in the traditional media. I know that's overly optimistic, but nonetheless, for the present it's a very good sign for the next couple of months.
Chief neoconservative/fundamentalist allied belief: All things are possible if only you lie.
by blueoasis on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:40:39 PM PDT
journalism has died is because a lack of jobs. This discussion was in the comment section of an article discussing the job prospect for Renaissance literature PhDs. It appears there are some 200 graduates every year and this year the MLA lists 13 entry level positions for the new grads.
The comments brought out that journalists also face a very competitive market with several applicants for every job so there is the tendency to go with the flow instead of bucking the system
by entlord on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:37:50 PM PDT
...but, if you think about it, a huge chunk of the OTHER 53% was also part of the 47% at some point in their lives.
How many people, like John King, may be financially successful (and paying income taxes) NOW, but were in dire straits at some point in their past?
Sure, plenty of them no doubt have buried that part of their lives, or simply have an "I've got mine, screw the rest of you" attitude...but there's also gonna be plenty of others who, like King, are gonna be like, "ummm...dude, I used to be on food stamps/welfare/unemployment/whatever for a few years when I was a kid/scraping by in the mean streets/etc etc."
He hasn't just pissed off 47% of the country, he's pissed of what I have to imagine is at least another 20% as well.
by Brainwrap on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:45:46 PM PDT
that a presidential candidate would speak about people with such disdain even if they themselves never got aid and always paid taxes
It is so strange that romney seems to think what motivates our vote is our pocket, personally getting more from the government or paying less to them
We would all like more money. (except that baby in the ad) But even if I think completely selfishly that makes no sense. If I am a small business I want my potential customers to have money to spend in my business. As a grocer I'd want food stamps to be generous, as any goods store I like tax credits available to lower income workers because they have to spend what they have and so on
As any business or person I want good roads, safe bridges, working sewer systems and all that
Mitt says we wouldn't want a president who pays a dollar more in taxes than they absolutely has to. (Maybe he wouldn't vote for his dad then).
He just has a strange cold, cruel view.
by joynow on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 08:45:55 PM PDT
He wouldn't join up with the military or encourage a son to join, the only way to server the country in his position is to pay taxes
During a time of economic crisis for our nation, he wanted to pay the minimum. He has no ideas on how to create good paying jobs here, he instead ships them overseas. The only way to serve his country was to pay the fucking taxes.
Minimum Mitt wants to do the minimum for his country, why would anyone hire him for President.
These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people's money to settle the quarrel. Abraham Lincoln
by Nailbanger on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 09:17:35 PM PDT
This almost a Walter Cronkite moment when he turned against Vietnam. Almost. Quite a telling statement.
by cka on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:46:56 PM PDT
We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"
by Gooserock on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:51:17 PM PDT
by Bailey on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:30:43 PM PDT
reporter in WWII. Journalists of that era were a different breed from what we term journalists today
by entlord on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:39:00 PM PDT
with the wrong guys....don't cry now...
BTW-I am not clicking on a cnn spot unless it is going to give Soledad clicks...
“Mitt Romney is the only person in America who looked at the way this Congress is behaving and said, ‘I want the brains behind THAT operation.’ ” Former Democratic Congressman - Tom Perriello "Small Businesses Don't Build Levees" - MHP
by justmy2 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:51:37 PM PDT
if you actually watched what he said.
Mitt Romney treats people like things. And he treats things - corporations - like people.
by richardak on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:12:38 PM PDT
Like most republicans, they think it's okay to cheer on the denigration of other people. What did he say about all the welfare ads all this time? It's only when Romney made it obvious that if you've ever been on any kind of welfare he thinks you're worthless, that John King thought of his family and took notice. Republicans only care about issues that affect them personally. Why should John King have more credibility on this issue than a single father on welfare now? Maybe that guy will become a news anchor one day. But now, he's a moocher, right?
"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." -- JC, Matthew 6:24
by Chi on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:27:49 PM PDT
you hit the nail on the head...
by justmy2 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:39:21 PM PDT
because I have seen him shill for exactly the opposite on tons of occasions, pushing GOP propaganda, over and over again. He is a contract expiration away from moving to FOX. Saying something about his family depending on government assistance in the past, and pushing propaganda aimed at eliminating it in front of mass audiences, while doing his best to undermine the President and others trying to save those very programs is the height of hypocrisy in my book.
I am not fooled by Republican's jumping ship when convenient, only to forget about the others in need as soon as it is convenient.
nope...not embarrased in the least, unless he apologized for his shilling at the end of the video...
by justmy2 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:38:35 PM PDT
far past that he hadn't thought much about one way or the other till this came up.
Maybe it will get him thinking about some of the policies and people he covers.
by caryltoo on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 02:05:45 AM PDT
I have liked him better than Blitzer & Crowley and the rest of the crew. His big salary isn't making him forget where he came from and what it made. He is a good man.
by Jim Beard on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:54:03 PM PDT
by justmy2 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:56:53 PM PDT
and I think John King felt stung by Romney.
Let's just hope his viewers are stung by Romney's disparaging remarks, too.
I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses
by KayCeSF on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:47:28 PM PDT
hit close to home, they should have empathy for those unlike themselves.
by Nailbanger on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 09:19:46 PM PDT
by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 10:47:42 PM PDT
be less awful.
It's a small improvement.
by glorificus on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 11:25:52 PM PDT
I imagine he must actually have pretty strong feelings about people who use food stamps being trashed to be willing to get personal like that on air.
All Kossacks are my allies, but if you can't express your thoughts in a civil and kind manner, I won't be engaging in a conversation with you.
by Boston to Salem on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:55:36 PM PDT
When you've lost John King...................................
by lastman on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:02:36 PM PDT
that live and all said essentially the exact, same thing. :-D
by Prairie Gal on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 10:03:38 PM PDT
by caryltoo on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 02:07:40 AM PDT
by richardak on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:04:49 PM PDT
It doesn't need anymore elaboration.
In fact, I think it should go viral.
John King has not been exactly a go to guy for our side. Other than Soledad, Jack Cafferty (on and off) we don't have a lot of friends over there anymore.
by lastman on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:12:40 PM PDT
She just fact checks and calls out obvious bullshit.
I guess engaging in journalism renders one "on our side" these days.
VULTURE/VOUCHER 2012. FUCK YOU, MIDDLE CLASS!
by GOPGO2H3LL on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 08:07:57 PM PDT
by JL on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 11:24:18 PM PDT
by lastman on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:49:21 AM PDT
Also saw Jon Stewart point out that Mitt's dad was on welfare for a minute.
It's worth mentioning that the Republicans apparently pulled an October-surprise(of very debatable value) out early to try to deflect attention away from the MJ-tape. That speaks to the damage the Romney campaign sees the MJ-tapes as causing.
Mitt looks very desperate heading into the debates.
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by Setrak on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:22:43 PM PDT
by never forget 2000 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:55:50 PM PDT
Mitt's comments pissed him off
Do I laugh now, or wait 'til it gets funny?
by WalterNeff on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:24:18 PM PDT
to judaism a few years ago
by fauve on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:36:41 PM PDT
I'm glad John King shared about his time on food stamps: can we agree that there is a place for government dollars?
When I was in medical school, some of my peers applied for food stamps. I didn't, even though based on my income, I qualified. The thought of taking benefits for my temporary poverty (yeah I ate a lot of rice and tuna) was reprehensible to me. I believed that those benefits were for poor people and I did not deserve to take benefits a way from people who were more needy than I. Plus, my family historically had never accepted welfare--a particular point of pride for a black family. So I understand exactly what King means when he talks of his dad's shame.
"Entitlements" as Mr. Romney refers to them helps make ours a civilized first world society. Take them away and we are back to child labor, mortifying poverty and aging. Is that what Romney wants for America? Why does he hate us?
by never forget 2000 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:38:24 PM PDT
and his Family.
by defluxion10 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:54:54 PM PDT
Glad he came out and said what he said. Shouldn't be cause for shame.
My own mom had four kids under the age of 6, and found herself single, depressed, with no income when my father left. I wish she had taken food stamps or welfare. She was too proud. We lived mostly off my grandparents, who were not well off, and we suffered a lot for a few years. I well remember what it felt like to be a hungry kid, literally hungry.
Maybe John King remembers too.
by ivorybill on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 07:19:50 PM PDT
The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.
by a2nite on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 07:27:57 PM PDT
on food stamps, realized it was temporary and yet managed to "pull themselves up by the bootstraps". The Republicans' understanding of the food stamp program is breathtaking.
Romney's campaign slogan should be "but wait it gets worse". They thought they were denigrating 47 million Americans ...but wait it gets worse ...they are actually insulting Americans who had moms and dads and siblings and neighbors who used food stamps to get by for whatever upheaval was happening in their lives.
by Hushes on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 07:56:31 PM PDT
might have just become biased.
by GOPGO2H3LL on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 08:06:39 PM PDT
As we've seen so many times suddenly when an issue affects a Republican personally to their family they become interested. That's the only time.
At all other times they have no interest to consider how these right wing policies affect "other" people.
A light bulb may have come on for John King.
But it will quickly go out as he remembers who he admires and adores. Namely Dick Cheney and John McCain who he fawned over during 2008 campaign.
Go ahead John and vote for Romney who thinks your dad is a moocher. It makes sense based on your history of total Republican enabling and fluffing on every broadcast you've been on.
The Republican Party is Simply a Coalition of Greed and Hate
by kerplunk on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 08:18:08 PM PDT
because I think most of us either have been part of that 47%, know someone who was or is or perhaps most importantly expect that assistance if the ground drops out of under us.
So what does that leave mitt? the true believers, the people that would still vote for mitt if he started speaking in tongues and admiting he really is an egotistical, arrogant entittled bastard. And those true believers are a small part of the electorate.
by duhban on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 08:43:16 PM PDT
when I was a kid. No unemployment checks. No direct government assistance whatsoever. As hard right-wing as you'd ever find, my family.
And so I missed meals, lived rough & constantly was in fear of what was going to happen to us.
It was horribly destructive.
To this day, after an adult life filled with therapy, [as you can imagine, there was a LOT of abuse issues as well.] I find it hard to go into a grocery store without having a panic attack.
My therapist has been working on getting me to be able to fetch the post, because it always brought bad news when I was young.
Since I don't currently have 'full-time' employment, so no decent insurance, when I had pneumonia last year I almost died because I refused to be hospitalized, or even get x-rays - it was only my doctor saying we'd 'work something out' [which I thought meant payment plan], x-raying me & then refusing to charge me for them & loading me up with meds that allowed me to survive. Simply put, my refusal to get into medical debt would've killed me.
So, yeah. Thanks for never being one of the 47% when I was a kid, dad - it shaped behavior that has bordered on suicidal.
I've not been on assistance as an adult either. I also work 3 'part time' jobs - about 60-70 hours a week. I'm in my forties, work in the arts & haven't had public assistance.
There have been times I lived in my car. Worked in foul, PTSD-triggering industries, but woo-hoo, I've survived.
I'm a socialist who works very hard, & believe in the safety net, but my upbringing has never allowed me to access it because of severe issues with self-worth... greatly thanks to my parents showing me as a child that their pride & 'values' came before my well-being.
My mantra, given to me from my shrink, "I've done the best I could with the coping skills I had."
Hopefully, should an emergency arise, I'll allow myself the 'luxury' of living.
Poverty should not destroy lives. I am proud that the taxes I pay help people in need.
My other car is a Tardis.
by lupinella on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 08:51:26 PM PDT
Been there, done that. WIC too. It was no damned picnic.
Rmoney and his rich GOP asshole buddies can all go fuck themselves.
by djMikulec on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 08:54:09 PM PDT
was growing up, too. She was single mom raising 4 kids in the 60s/70s. She worked 2 jobs, managing a theater by day and bartendering at night. Back then, women made considerably less then men. Plus, my dad was a deadbeat and skipped out of state to avoid paying child-support.
Public assistance kept us fed, helped keep a roof over our heads, put glasses on my face. Later, when I wanted to go to college but had no money for it, grants, scholarships and federal student loans paid my way.
So now, I'm a VP of a company, doing my best to be fairly successful, making a comfortable living and paying my taxes without complaint so that other people can be helped when they need it as I was. The more people who make it means more people who can contribute themselves, the cycle keeps going which is good for the economy, and frankly, good for business.
The selfish short-sightedness of these idiots astounds me.
BTW, my mom was never embarrassed to take help. She always was the pragmatist, and she always held her head high.
by edwardssl on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 09:03:57 PM PDT
doing her job as a parent which was seeing that you and your siblings survived and if that meant taking help so be it.
by caryltoo on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 02:16:54 AM PDT
I don't have cable TV so the only way i see these things is on the internet.
Thank you for helping me see it :)
by dennis1958 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 09:55:44 PM PDT
its amazing that Romney didn't think of how many other people have parents who barely made it and sacrificed everything to provide the the smallest modicum of opportunity for their children.
“To raise the issue is not necessarily an expression of class warfare, as critics’ bromides would have it; it can be an expression of deep concern about the health of our democracy.” — The editorial board of the Austin American-Statesman
by Marshall Getto on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 11:31:23 PM PDT
Thanks for posting.
My avatar image is a photograph I took in 2008 of the headwaters of a waterfall in the imperiled Parque Nacional de Garajonay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on La Gomera, birthplace of my grandfather, in the Canary Islands not far from the Sahara Desert.
by Galtisalie on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 06:03:10 AM PDT
by you on soon
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