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In the 1997 film, Jim Carrey’s character’s son makes a wish that his dad (Jim Carrey’s character, who has a penchant for making promises to his son that he never keeps) cannot lie for a 24 hour period. Carrey’s character, for whom lying is second only to breathing and eating (not always), suffers through a life revolution with the obligatory truth-telling, resulting in him learning to appreciate and love his son, whom he had neglected and disappointed so often.

This morning’s paper had an article about South Carolina Senator (I use the term very loosely) Tim Scott, and his contention that the GOP (by which he SEEMS to mean the Republican Party) offers a way out of poverty. Hard to imagine for those of us in a reality-based community, but there it is.

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In the article, Scott gives no specific details on how the GOP does this. Conveniently not. So I imagined what kind of information we might get, if, like Carrey’s character in Liar, Liar, Scott had to tell the truth for 24 hours. I can't imagine there is anyone in his world who would care enough about him to make such a wish, so, we'll just assume that it happened, unprompted.

So, Senator Scott, how exactly does the Republican Party offer a way out of poverty for the 47 million human beings in this country who try to survive at that level. (2010 census said 15.1% of the general population lived in poverty. Of 308.74 million, that is 46,619,740, worse still in 2014. Select groups are much, much worse.)
You will recall Alan Grayson’s speech in which he said that the GOP plan for health care was, don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, to die quickly. Well, if people do as he says, and die quickly, they will no longer be living in poverty, as they will no longer be living. Thus, the GOP offers a way out of poverty.
What about the young people living below the poverty line? What options does the GOP offer them?

Of course, death is an equal opportunity option, functioning the same no matter what group one belongs to. So that would pretty much work for anyone.

Outside of that, voting Republican works pretty well.

How does voting Republican help people get out of poverty?
Well, it doesn’t directly. But we want and NEED their votes, that’s what’s important here. A vote for us is a vote for the party with examples of people all across the country who are not in poverty. Take Mitt Romney, for example. He isn’t in poverty, never has been, and he’s a Republican. The Bushes aren’t in poverty, they’re Republicans. The Koch brothers are richer than just about anyone, and they are Republicans. I have more friends than I can count who get by on just a few million dollars per year. None of them are in poverty, and they’re all Republicans, two of them are black, and three are women (though their affluence is due to wise investing by their husbands, who make all the decisions for them).
That’s it?

The poor people in this country have all the opportunity in the world. They just have to embrace it. They have to accept the poor choices they made in parents, they have to accept the poor choices they made in class, and regard those as obstacles to be overcome. They have to overcome their inclinations to laziness and irresponsibility, they need to stop having sex, ever, they need to overcome the poor educations they’ve gotten thanks to our attacks on public education and develop some character. They need to understand that Democrats trying to help them are only trying to make them dependent, weak, unprincipled.

Asked about Colin Powell’s statement a year ago about a “dark vein of intolerance” in the Republican Party, Scott disagreed, saying that intolerance is one of the brightest aspects of Republicanism, albeit misunderstood.

We absolutely tolerate anyone intolerant of that which we should not tolerate, a position we find most tolerable, and intolerance is rampant in those who do not tolerate our intolerance, i.e. Democrats. Ours is the party of live and let live, and we also let people die quickly, if that’s what’s best for them. Democrats don’t want to tolerate that kind of toleration.
Is that it, tonight, Senator?

No, I also want to say Richard Nixon was not a crook, and I am not a Tea Party puppet. Tea Party puppet. Tea Party puppet. Tea Party puppet.
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