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"On the dole." Yeah. What a worthless taker I am, I should just die. Wow. Haven't heard such insulting language for years. Leave it to Romney, Ryan and billionaires like Leon Cooperman to resurrect the pejorative term, "dole." They say that 47%, or 30% or 40-50% of Americans WANT to "live on the dole," as "takers." "Slackers" and good-for-nothing moochers who want to live off the 1%. That's what they think!

Keep in mind that Romney said last week that his "Big Idea" was "Freedom." I get it now! He wants to give us moochers the "Freedom" to die!

I think I'm freekin' sick of their lies, slurs and character assassinations!! I'm on Social Security of $768/month. Yes, now old and newly poor. Worked, have a good degree, taught, even started a business that employed several people and exists 14 years later! No slacker. But now am poor due to health problems in my 50's, unable to work, lived off pension fund. Medicaid helps when Medicare is not enough, and Food Stamps stretch my meager income.

What else should I do, Mitt, Paul? Die?

Do they really have a fundamental misunderstanding of Americans who receive government money? It would be astounding, if so, since one is an ex-governor, another a U.S. Representative and the other a billionaire. They are all heartless idiots, that is certain. Idiots because the kind of America their policies would create would be a mere shell of the America we have today. More on that below.

And they want to fundamentally change America--so they can have more millions or billions even if they destroy the country doing so.

Let's be sure they do understand:

   ~  MOST people getting government checks, or aid,
             work or have worked all their lives!
   ~  If not seniors on SS, they Work, or WANT to Work
   ~  Or they cannot work due to age, disability, childcare costs
   ~  Or simply are unable to any FIND work
   ~  Or their full-time jobs pay so poorly that it is
             not enough to sustain life!
   ~  And even I, sponge that I am, pay taxes, on my old, old car,
             on non-food items, and others pay many other types of taxes

Government checks go to elderly on SS and Medicare, poor and disabled on Medicaid, to Veterans, Food Stamps to working hungry families!

Oh, the Right/Republicans/Romney/Ryan and 1%-ers do understand. They just hate it. They may not know the facts. (Still, they spread this misinformation in typical Republican fashion.) We do know they DO NOT CARE! They said so!

Like Romney tonight, they (Republicans) will all say anything, they LIE. Anything for public consumption, anything at all to win election. How many lies will Romney make tonight --to get elected and to please those who bought him?

Because by winning the election they will please the 1%, of whom they are part, and they will be able to carry out the 1% agenda which has been clearly spelled out. No amount of lying from podiums, in stump speeches or interviews or mailed propaganda will change the true plans of these plutocrats who seek to run the government their way entirely.

 Which they have "inartfully" revealed. Look below at what they are planning.

While Romney may have said and done things in the past that are more "center" policies, like Romneycare in MA, that is no longer the case.

Romney and Ryan have been "bought" by right wingers, Tea Party types, who nominated him and right wing extremist millionaires and billionaires who have donated from $50,000 up to $100 million. These people OWN Romney and Ryan and they will not disappoint them or the Tea Party. They will carry out these stated plans no matter how many times they deny it to get elected:

   ~  lowering taxes on the wealthy
   ~  maintaining current subsidies for corporations
   ~  keeping the Conservative Supreme Court favorable to the wealthy
   ~  shrinking government by eliminating whole Departments
          (Education, Energy, Environment, Housing)
   ~  cutting many or most regulations on industry and finance and FDA
          to allow free reign to all who would poison, harm and bilk us
   ~  cutting or eliminating:
          Medicare (voucherizing), Medicaid (to states!), Food Stamps,
          cash benefits to the poorest, Head Start and other programs
   ~  closing Veterans Hospitals and reducing other Veteran benefits,
          crushing proposed Vets Jobs program
   ~  changing Social Security into a privatized accounts system to
          benefit the 1% by causing a boon to finance sector
          and calamity to those whose investments don't pan out
          leaving them with little or nothing for retirement
   ~  abolishing Right to Abortion, a Romney & Ryan-stated preference
   ~  crushing Obama's proposed American Jobs program

Ryan says 30% want to live on government welfare. Romney says 47% and Cooperman has it between 40-50%. You see that they are all on the same page as far as calling all seniors and veterans and others on Medicaid "moochers" and "slackers."

Chrystia Freeland, The New Yorker
(Cooperman, billionaire, hedge fund Omega Advisors):
“Our problem, frankly, is as long as the President remains anti-wealth, anti-business, anti-energy, anti-private-aviation, he will never get the business community behind him. The problem and the complication is the forty or fifty per cent of the country on the dole that support him.”
"tone," right? We could not be supporting him, say, because he has good values, cares and knows about the problems of the middle class, of workers and those living in poverty? Because he is a rational person who bases his decisions on Reality and FACTS?

Obama, says Cooperman, is in power due to those who "depend on government." Like Ryan and like Romney they believe 30 or 47 or 50% of Americans DO NOT WANT TO WORK. They PREFER to live "ON THE DOLE."

NOT TRUE: Government is a conduit for people's own funds paid into Medicare and Social Security, and they receive payments in order to live in old age from a fund they paid for every working day of their lives.

That is not "depending" on government for a "dole."

Poor people with no jobs for health or childcare reasons, or because they cannot get a decent paying job they work for minimum wage, these cannot support life without government assistance. Should they go hungry, without shelter or health care? That's the kind of America the right wing conservative Republicans, Ryan, Romney, Cooperman and all the others want.

They do not understand, their vision is too limited to see the absolute HORRORs this would bring to America and how UTTERLY DETRIMENTAL their plans would be to the lives, well-being and goals of all Americans for decades to come if their policies were enacted! Their stocks would crash and so would their wealth. Their wealth has risen under Obama! What idiots they are! Blind leading the blind:

(Cooperman:)
 “The President makes it sound like the problems of the ninety-nine per cent
are caused by the one per cent, and that’s not the case.”
But they could not do it without power in the CONGRESS! We must stop them from taking over the Senate, and must overcome their domination of the HOUSE!

UPDATE: Please do read Michael Lux's excellent diary where he makes the comparison of a wonderful 82-year old woman and a rather well known candidate who are both "takers."

Originally posted to Gorette on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 11:05 AM PDT.

Also republished by Social Security Defenders.

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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 11:05:15 AM PDT

  •  Powerfully and simply stated. (12+ / 0-)

    I wish this were running on the newspaper op-ed page in every town.

    Visit Lacking All Conviction, your patch of grey on those too-sunny days.

    by eataTREE on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 11:08:07 AM PDT

  •  This is a great diary. (8+ / 0-)

    I don't know if their vision is too limited to see what's going on.  I think they just don't care.  They've got theirs, and the hell with everyone else.  No one else is important to them, except to do their dirty work.  
    Thanks.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 11:31:18 AM PDT

    •  Yes, they may realize exactly what they do. (4+ / 0-)

      But sometimes I wonder a little. I'd love to talk to one of them and find out for 100% sure.

      "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

      by Gorette on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 11:33:59 AM PDT

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      •  My brother is a Alan West loving winger. (8+ / 0-)

        Believe me, you wouldn't want to talk to him.  Way to painful, and toxic.

        I am a work in progress. Still.

        by broths on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 11:36:18 AM PDT

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        •  Whoa, yep, I'm sure you're right. (3+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Louisiana 1976, cotterperson, retLT

          I was thinking of Ryan or Romney or some such. But no, I probably couldn't take it, can't take talking to my own brother and other relatives about it, I get so emotional. And I don't want to hate them!

          Sorry your brother's gone over that far. I live in Fl and am hoping West is defeated.

          "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

          by Gorette on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 11:45:59 AM PDT

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      •  I'd like to beat Rand Paul into (2+ / 0-)
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        Gorette, retLT

        a fine shiny powder...hey, social workers are right. Goals ARE nice...too bad I can't really meet Raylan Givens while I'm down there.

        "...annoyingly ethical,"

        by chicating on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 11:58:06 AM PDT

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        •  Though I don't get all that I appreciate the (0+ / 0-)

          sentiment there especially re Rand Randian Paul.

          Now, what's that about social workers, pray tell? Sounds interesting, chi.

          "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

          by Gorette on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:13:08 PM PDT

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          •  Raylan Givens is on a show that's supposed to be (1+ / 0-)
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            Gorette

            in Kentucky...if I really attacked Paul, and Raylan was real, he'd probably have to come get me, as he's a federal marshal. Which would be another bright side to a very dark act.
            Hey, I make plans.It's just that my best ones probably end on a watchlist, but we all take responsibility in our own way. But, of course, a man backed up by a famous father will always believe in the power of the individual. He has not had to face individual limitations, either(aside from the shame of a weak chin)

            "...annoyingly ethical,"

            by chicating on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:31:15 PM PDT

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  •  you just don't get it (5+ / 0-)

    you are supposed to go begging at some church so all the real people can feel better about themselves by throwing a few crumbs your way.....assuming you are one of the "deserving poor".

    /

  •  How can we forget 'Let him die' at GOP debates (5+ / 0-)

    and Mitt said nada.
    I can never ever forget that.

  •  ok "sponge "here is something to cheer you up. (3+ / 0-)
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    Gorette, BitterEnvy, Louisiana 1976

    If you once taught maybe you can teach at the local community center if you can still leave your home. If you once employed others maybe you can be someone to advise others who are just starting out.  No way are you a worthless sponge. Just reading your diary shows that you still have your intellectual powers. No one has the right to make you feel worthless or need to die.

    •  Thanks, lina. I appreciate that. (4+ / 0-)

      What, though, do they expect people to do if they do away with these "safety net" programs? Churches will not make up the difference, buy your meds or pay your doctor bill or transportation costs. I haven't had new glasses for ten years and they are broken! If I had less I couldn't make it at all. Believe me, on this amount you basically can just survive.

      My health and energy level is somewhat hit or miss as far as a regular gig doing that. But I have thought about that plan where seniors do give free advice. I should look into that. Thing is it cost me now about $8. each time I take a run into town and no transportation in my area so I get out only once or twice a week. Money shuts me in!

      That's one reason I try to contribute by writing when I feel I have something to say. But I am cheered just by your taking the time to make suggestions and empathize.

      "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

      by Gorette on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 11:57:29 AM PDT

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  •  I have tons of things I want to do (3+ / 0-)
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    Gorette, BitterEnvy, cotterperson

    and be before it's all done. I need support while I work something out. I know there are lots of us out there.
    My work on this election really isn't about guarding my pittance(Although it's sad that I still need it, but desperation-fueled "fire in the belly" is not going to solve my problems.)
    I support Democrats to give everyone more of a shot at the things we need and want. Otherwise, I guess it could be an SSI check and Maury Povich instead of getting hung-up-on every week.

    "...annoyingly ethical,"

    by chicating on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 11:54:55 AM PDT

    •  We sponges should unite! well, we have, eh? (2+ / 0-)
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      cotterperson, chicating

      I'm happy that you have so many things that interest and excite you. That means you will have a good life. It may be tough for a while but eventually you can move forward. It will help if Obama is still in office and the House is Democratic!

      Best wishes!

      "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

      by Gorette on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:00:51 PM PDT

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      •  Almost as many as depress me and piss me off... (1+ / 0-)
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        Gorette

        if you're me, that's equilibrium. And, Gorette, I feel your transport pain. Even though we have a van now, I live that most of the time. It blows.(Although Phoenix is BORING, so I'm not missing things like people in other places...it's my own fault, not selecting the rich father and the penis when I had the...wait, what? Never mind.)

        "...annoyingly ethical,"

        by chicating on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:10:44 PM PDT

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        •  That must be hard, and then Phoenix on top (0+ / 0-)

          of that. I was there for a while in the 60's and my ex wanted to live out there but the water situation bothered me. The thought that they had to import it all. Then look how it's grown since then. Crazy to me.

          Not selecting a rich dad. Now that was slacking!

          "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

          by Gorette on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:15:52 PM PDT

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  •  I had my first of two hearings to (5+ / 0-)

    complete my bankruptcy proceedings yesterday.

    I exhausted every penny of my IRA over the past two years to sustain myself.

    I go next Wednesday for a lung test to verify that my COPD is severe enough to qualify for disability.

    This is the most depressing situation I have ever experienced.  Now, to be called a moocher by these schmucks?  FML!

    I'm not gonna let them get me down, though. I'm gonna live long enough to be a thorn in their side for several decades!

    "The first duty of a revolutionist is to get away with it.". Abbie Hoffman

    by Joes Steven on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 11:56:17 AM PDT

    •  That's a good spirit, a "thorn in their side." (3+ / 0-)
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      cotterperson, Joes Steven, Mr Robert

      That is a tough thing to go through and demoralizing. All we need is for ultra rich guys calling us names.

      Sorry about your COPD and having to live off your IRA. When this happens, you have no idea of how fast your money will go and be gone! I hope you can get the help you need.

      I hope you can get that under good control so you can do more and live a good life. You're right, we should not let them get us down.

      "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

      by Gorette on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:05:39 PM PDT

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    •  heh heh heh (0+ / 0-)

      My mother will be 98 next May ("if I make it that long" is a phrase I've heard since I was like six).

      Her father was 94 when he died. In tracing my family tree, I've noticed that I come from a line of extremely long-lived people. Even in the 1700s they were living well into their eighties! Betcher ass I'm sticking around for a good long while and fully intend to be a burr under their saddle until the last gasp.

      Great Diary, Gorette! Recc'd heartily.

      Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

      by Pariah Dog on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 06:20:26 AM PDT

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  •  I'm not only an SS moocher, but (1+ / 0-)
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    IndieGuy

    retired from a STATE CIVIL SERVICE JOB!!! from which I draw a monthly sum of money...but there's MORE!

    I retired EARLY - a few months before the "regular" retirement age of 60 for our type of job.

    I suppose according to the "values" party, I should feel ashamed...but I don't.

    I started working-and paying tax and into Social Security and Medicare- at age 14.

    I got a 10 point bonus on my test score for my "Government job"...and my score was 100 points - out of a possible 100 points. I got that bonus because I had worked for the government previously...I enlisted in the Army during a war.

    I retired early after the deaths of my in-laws allowed me to do so...My wife's liver disease gave her periodic hallucinations-terrifying hallucinations-and we made too much money to get a nurse to visit, and not enough to hire a nurse to visit...So I retired a few years before I had planned, at a much lower income level, because I did not want my wife to fall down the stairs again and break more ribs because she thought a monster was chasing her. Again.

    I worked in a state mental hospital, and we NEVER had full staff the entire time I was there. People who thought this would be an easy job often left after a few months...some the first week...a few at lunch on the first day.

    I stuck it out there-We got health insurance, and I eventually could retire. I had at least 2 heart attacks, and 5 artery bypass surgery. After 6 months-when we were on food stamps-I went back to work.
     2 years later, I had to have a pacemaker installed. After a month or so,  I went back to work, to that big money job I had taken the test for.

    I retired 2 years later, in 2007.

    My wife died last Thanksgiving.

    I have my 2 dogs, a few guitars and 2 old cars, and my 1920 house is paid off.

    I can not allow myself to be near republicans because I fear I will be arrested for tying to beat them bloody. I told that to someone looking for volunteers to  go to a political event and he said that was why he couldn't go either...

    I just turned 65 in August. I have given money to a lot of Democratic candidates, and I certainly will vote. WE HAVE TO WIN!

    mark

    Retired AFSCME Steward and union thug-licensed gun carrying progressive veteran.

    by old mark on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 02:51:00 PM PDT

    •  Sorry for your loss, Mark (0+ / 0-)

      You too should expand this comment into a diary. People need to hear this stuff!

      Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

      by Pariah Dog on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 06:24:37 AM PDT

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