Conservative’s War on the Poor

I understand that a conservative or Republican “war on the poor” is a truism of politics that barely elicits a second thought.  Duh, Republicans serve the rich.

But to see it in action in real time and how it’s done is concerning and needs to be addressed in our local and national politics.

Here is the frame:

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  1. There is unimaginable and growing wealth disparities in our country.  Here is the graph from Mother Jones. Again.
  2. We are the wealthiest nation in the history of the world.

Don’t believe a liberal source on this, here is Fortune Magazine.

But yet we elected a celebrity billionaire who made his fortune by inheriting millions to implement strategies to make it easier for the wealthy to earn increasing rates of income and to protect the wealth they already have.  In effect then we have a known problem of wealth inequality and to solve the problem we are going to make it worse.

How does this happen?  It happens as one of two major political parties in our country does not have a means of stopping the lies that get them into power.  The means is that the all the responsibility for the frustrations and troubles that occur in a dangerously unequal society is directed at the poor rather than at those who deserve the responsibility;  business owners and investors who wish to continue the system that allows for increased earnings on their wealth and holdings without providing a structure to ensure we all live sustainably

And that is not to say earnings on investments or holdings is a bad thing.  It’s obviously not.  It’s simply that our system is out of balance and we are in the process of making it worse, bigly.

And now, the Republican movement against the poor has become a populist movement that is self-propelled.  The working class has learned over the past 70 years from the anti-New Deal rhetoric to resent the poor.  I wanted to bring this up today because there is a confluence of an informative New York Times article explaining this phenomena as well as a great local example of this resentment on the (anonymous) record on Lost Coast Outpost’s Ryan Burn’s article on TrumpCare’s potential effects in Humboldt County.

Here is just one example from commenter Allch Chcar of many of what poor shaming does to us, our politics and our culture.

“It’s funny since my family avoided government support of any kind for years. They used WIC for a brief period when times were extremely bad and were shamed by it. My parents worked for everything they had and owned very little. They bought a house in 2005 on a 3 year ARM. By all metrics they could never afford it. They walked away in 2008 after their mortgage doubled on an upside down house. I want to say I helped with what I could but I was and still am self-contained. I went to school or worked part time and contributed little while taking little.”

If you have the time, I recommend a read of Mr. Burns’ article as well as the comments below.  I hope reading both will help define the work we have to do as far as messaging.  Would this messaging be propaganda?  I don’t think so, I think we’ve been subject to 70 years of propaganda and are living through the desired and/or inevitable result of this rhetoric.

references:

America is the richest, and most unequal, country  (Eric Sherman | Fortune | September 30th, 2015)

Trump Budget Proposal Reflects Working-Class Resentment of the Poor  (Eduardo Porter | New York Times | March 7th, 2017)
Republican Health Care Bill Could Cost Thousands of Humboldt County Residents Their Insurance Coverage  (Ryan Burns | Lost Coast Outpost | March 7th, 2017)

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3 thoughts on “Conservative’s War on the Poor

  1. Henchman Of Justice says:

    For the Democratic party that won’t stop it’s lies about it’s a racist agenda.

    Let’s look at the state of Virginia the most racist state in the Union politically.

    Virginia was first state that created slavery into law.

    Virginia is also thehome state of race baiter Tim Kaine, a wealthy insider elite……

    But his son…….

    Search CNN…
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    Tim Kaine’s son arrested after allegedly disrupting pro-Trump rally
    By Keith Allen and Eugene Scott, CNN

    Updated 9:05 AM ET, Wed March 8, 2017
    Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, was held in the Ramsey County Jail on suspicion of second-degree rioting but was released, according to St. Paul Police spokesman Steve Linders.
    Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, was held in the Ramsey County Jail on suspicion of second-degree rioting but was released, according to St. Paul Police spokesman Steve Linders.
    Story highlights
    Kaine allegedly chanted and lit fireworks inside the Capitol’s rotunda
    He was held on suspicion of second-degree rioting but released
    (CNN)Linwood Michael Kaine, the son of Virginia senator and former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, was one of five protesters arrested for allegedly disrupting a pro-Donald Trump rally inside the Minnesota State Capitol Saturday, according to St. Paul Police spokesman Steve Linders.

    Kaine, along with four others, allegedly chanted and lit fireworks inside the Capitol’s rotunda shortly after the “March 4 Trump” rally began Saturday afternoon. The group fled and were apprehended by St. Paul police officers a few blocks away, Linders told CNN.
    According to the “March 4 Trump” Facebook page, the rally was slated to begin at noon; Kaine’s booking report from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office shows he was arrested at approximately 12:20 p.m. CT.

    Kaine, 24, was held in the Ramsey County Jail on suspicion of second-degree rioting but was released, Linders said.
    Charges were not filed against Kaine or the four others arrested with him but the incident is still under investigation, according to Linders.

    Tim Kaine = elite look
    His Son = Charles Manson look

    Gene Pool Politics, go figure……

  2. Shak says:

    The free market relies upon hard work & expansion.
    The fascist authoritarian’s relies upon theft.

    If your community is poor, it is nobody’s fault but the community’s. Has your community stolen from the hard workers, or has your community benefited from the expansion of hard workers?

    Expansion through the generations, leaves each generation with less strife. Each generation is better off than the last. Jobs & entrepreneurs both contribute to more jobs & entrepreneurs. Inheritances provide a solid starting point, where no offspring has to start from scratch.
    All who are willing to work & invest, are assuring a more prosperous future for not only their own families, but for the families of the workers their businesses created. It is up to the worker to expand upon their skills & begin their own business. By generation 10, the gap between the haves & have nots is so narrow, it’s impossible to slip through the cracks.

    Authoritarianism does the opposite. Fascism demands for all gaps to be closed right this minute. This can only happen until there is nothing left to give. All are now in the same bread line, except for the politians. The government thrives off the fruits of the slaves.
    This is what Hitler’s socialist party demanded. The treasures he amassed were incredible, while the people were abused.
    But you know all this already.

  3. Vern says:

    Don’t forget why the South seceded from the Union; it was to continue the practice of slavery, and it was the southern Democrats who were mostly behind it. Also, don’t forget that it was a Republican (Lincoln) who fought for the Emancipation Proclamation and that it was a racist southern Democrat who pulled the trigger on Lincoln. And, the first blacks to enter politics were Republicans as they saw it as the party of opportunity. It’s easy to look all these things up. Having lost the Civil War to the north, southern Democrats created the KKK. With articles like these, we see a lot of abuse of terminology. “Fascism,” for example, is the direct result of big brother overreaching, Statism is what progressive politics aims to achieve, and only through Statism can totalitarianism succeed. Wherever government encourages free enterprise and self-determination, individuals flourish. Fascism is dependent on bureaucracy, and if Conservatives don’t want to expand the government anymore than it is, it would be more accurate to refer to progressives as wannabee fascists. Even the term “progressive” is a misnomer that does more to obscure its true agenda: to ignore the rule of law, to manufacture fear and fake social “injustices.” True to form, as in the days of the southern Democrats who seceded from the Union, California progressives seek separation from the rest of the nation.

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