11.26.13

The pure milk of American spite

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Decline and Fall at 10:24 am by George Smith

“The ideology of hardness and cruelty runs through American culture like an electric current,” in a transcript from PBS, a longer news piece on the impact recent cuts to the food stamp program have imposed on the needy:

MARY JO BROOKS: Most Republicans don’t dispute statistics which show two-thirds of recipients are children, the elderly or disabled. But they say more than three million Americans are able-bodied and could work. Cutting benefits for those people would save the program $2 billion a year.

Representative Tim Huelskamp is a Republican from Kansas.

REP. TIM HUELSKAMP, R-Kan.: We believe in work. We require productivity. We think it’s good for the taxpayers. But, most importantly, I think it’s better for these adults and families. Now, the vast majority of folks receiving food stamps wouldn’t be in this category of able-bodied adults.

But there are 3.5 million Americans and — that fit this category and we’re just expecting them to actually look for a job, because, in my area, if you look for a job, you’re going to find one.

MARY JO BROOKS: Huelskamp says tightening restrictions, including eligibility, will help reduce long-term dependency on the entitlement program.

These are the daily lies of our time, the orthodoxy of a political party, of a world view — WhiteManistan’s — driving the nation into collective insanity. It is the nullification of human beings. A world-leading country wouldn’t tolerate it. The vengeance practiced on the weak forbidden, the political party and its ideology put down. But America isn’t capable of it.

The majority of food stamp recipients already have a job. And in the last week it was impossible to overlook news about workers in America’s sweat shops, Walmart and McDonalds, living in food insecurity, on food stamps and — in one most incredible instance — working in a Walmart operation where the employer organized a drive among others in need to gather and distribute food for Thanksgiving.

Kathy Underhill, of Food Bank Colorado, tells PBS what the Republican cuts to SNAP would mean, if enacted:

It would really change the entire landscape of hunger in America if the $40 billion cuts went through. You would be looking at the prevalence of hunger and malnutrition spiking incredibly. But you also have an economic impact. Talk to grocers, and you find out. They will tell you, it means they need fewer employees. They need to purchase fewer products.

That’s means there’s future — fewer trucks moving that product. I mean, it has this whole rippling effect that would be quite profound.

“The lawmakers on Capitol Hill who will determine the size of the next round of cuts will resume their work after the Thanksgiving break,” concludes PBS.

Thanks, America. You’re all heart. Ruining Thursday and the holiday season for millions, an accomplishment worth savoring.


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7 Comments

  1. Tom Paterson said,

    November 26, 2013 at 11:34 am

    *But there is always work for those who want it. Only it is as well not to go to the man who says so; for he never has any work to offer and never can point to the man who has. He makes this assertion merely to prove what a lot he knows of the world.*

    B. Traven – Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1934

    There are four rings on my sleeve. Do you know what that means? It means I’ve got the wrong jacket again.

  2. George Smith said,

    November 26, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    What it really boils down to is the villainy that rots this country and which drives the Republican Party dates to the Biblical, twisted around slightly to be passed off as a belief in “market capitalism” and the code phrase for punishing those on the bottom, “personal responsibility.”

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  3. Tom Paterson said,

    November 27, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Was it here that I read the story of FDR sending troops to a Pennsylvania mine to protect striking workers from the owner’s hired goons? An age ago.

  4. Tom Paterson said,

    November 27, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Thinking about the psychopathology of these men I searched for this quote from Con Air:

    *Now he’s so angry moments of levity actually cause him pain; give him headaches. Happiness, for that gentleman, hurts.*

    What I typed into the search box was:

    *levity for that man is painful*

    The first result returned:

    Lehigh Valley Health Network – Find a Doctor

  5. George Smith said,

    November 27, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Eesh.

  6. Bill said,

    November 29, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    There are so many comments sections on blogs filled with the rhetoric of the Whitemanistan adherents that it is refreshing to be able to read the complete rebuttal to all their invective. And it’s here, nearly every day.

    Max Keiser can be a bit of a tool sometimes, but the one thing he said long ago which has stuck in my consciousness was that Socialism was for the rich. Capitalism was only for the poor. (So go out and pull yourself up by your bootstraps and make your condition better.)

    And almost every time you read about someone who has been rolled over by this current economic system and needs a handout just to survive, there will always be a helpful congressman like Huelskamp to ‘set the record straight.’ Pathetic.

    I will send more money to the local food bank this year than I will spend on Xmas gifts for my family. That makes me a real wimp, doesn’t it?

  7. George Smith said,

    November 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Huelskamp, from an opinion piece in a Pittsburg, KS, newspaper, not the real Pittsburgh, the famous one:

    In his Thanksgiving proclamation, President Washington began with the following words:

    “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”

    This week we should stop and give thanks to God for the many blessings we enjoy as Americans. I am thankful that despite the policy failings in Washington, we still live in the greatest nation on the face of the earth.
    After gathering with family and friends to celebrate traditions, make memories, and give Thanks this week, your mind may shift to Christmas shopping. As you do, I want to call attention to key members of the small towns we call home – our small businesses.

    Strengthening our small businesses is vitally important to get our economy moving forward and putting millions of Americans back to work, many of whom have given up on finding a full time job.

    As a member of the Small Business Committee, that’s why I am sponsoring a bipartisan resolution in Congress to call attention to the importance of small businesses in our communities. It would denote the Saturday after Thanksgiving as “Small Business Saturday.”

    Logically, this doesn’t even make any sense. 48 million is the statistic given for those in poverty in this country and that closely mirrors the count for food stamp recipients. But we know from overwhelming news coverage that millions and millions of these people have jobs, and that the jobs don’t pay enough, and that the jobs are in retail and food services for American corporate multi-nationals, not small businesses.

    This is standard salt-of-the-earth bullshit the extreme right trots out every damn time, the attempt to create this mythology that modern America is built on small business and that to restore people in poverty to liquidity, we need to do something vapid like make Saturday after Thanksgiving a national Small Business Saturday day of honor and remembrance. The only silver lining is that since he’s from Kansas, only the lunatics in the House will pay it any mind, if they do at all, and it won’t make it out of Pittsburg and other similar shires.

    Plus he goes from George Washington to God and then to small business, all in the space of the first five sentences. Which is worth some kind of award in composition and thought, but not one you would want to win.

    President Washington. God. Small Business. All capitalized. This is bona fide fucked up. What’s profoundly dismaying is that for many, maybe way too many, it’s a kind of catechism.

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    Trivia note: This fellow was from California. When I first moved here I used to see him on cable quite a bit. It had a mesmerizing quality in its Christian perversity.