"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"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?
(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.”
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:)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!
“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.”
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."