Jesus of America: Proven by poll/science

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, The Corporate Bund, WhiteManistan at 3:09 pm by George Smith

What you already knew, what I made a sermon and a song about, reported by one of the Culture of Lickspittle’s shoe-shine class poor man’s intellectuals at the Washington Post’s “Wonk blog”:

Most of America’s richest think poor people have it easy in this country, according to a new report released by the Pew Research Center. The center surveyed a nationally representative group of people this past fall, and found that the majority of the country’s most financially secure citizens (54 percent at the very top, and 57 percent just below) believe the “poor have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return.”

[And a] quarter of the country … feels that the leading reason for inequality in America is that the poor don’t work hard enough.

Now go listen to the sermon, Jesus of America, and tell me it’s not better than anything you can read on the matter.

“[He] is not the one who fed the poor loaves and fishes. This is not the Jesus who liked lepers. He found the liberty, the land of liberty and freedom; we told him what to do.

Jesus of America says don’t feed the poor; if you do, they’ll come right to your door. They’re gonna wind up like stray cats, around your door on the floor, begging for loads of kibble and rich food. Everyone knows they’re just selfish animals.

That’s what Jesus said.

And remember, it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a poor man to get into the kingdom of Heaven.

Buy a copy of the album, Loud Folk Live, five bucks — cheap. Or review a copy. Or talk about it. Or something. Or not.

The New York Times continues its series, more or less described as Wrestling with the problem of WhiteManistan, in Sunday’s edition entitled, “Is Life Better in America’s Red States?”

The answer is “Yes.” But with a deadly qualifier.

It’s cheaper to live in the neo-Confederacy but it’s based on destructive model that ends in national entropy in the collapsed democracy. The economic success of New Dixie, if you can call it that, depends on continually depressed and compressed labor costs coupled with fossil fuel mining booms.

The latter also threatens quicker ruin from global warming.

The Times contributor recognizes this as a serious problem with national, even global, consequences:

But fracking and sprawling your way to growth aren’t a sustainable national economic strategy.

The allure of cheap growth has handed the red states a distinct political advantage. [The red state] economic system may be outmoded and obsolete, but it is strong enough to blight the future. The Democrats may be able to draw on the country’s growing demographic diversity and the liberal leanings of younger voters to win the presidency from time to time, but the real power dynamic is red.

“Despite their longstanding divisions, red state and blue state economies depend crucially on one another,” writes Richard Florida for the newspaper.

Florida seems to imagine there must be a solution. We must somehow learn to go forward.

But you can’t really speak the truth about WhiteManistan in a big newspaper. It’s too depressing.

There is no way forward in my lifetime. The division is permanent. The present is blight. The question is how fast it worsens in the coming years. And how much money one has to be insulated from the consequences.


  1. Ted Jr said,

    January 8, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Calvin would be so proud of his disciples.

  2. anon said,

    January 8, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Basically, the Wal-Mart model on a grand scale, driving everything to the bottom. The problem with adopting this as an entire nation is our place in the world’s economic pecking order. If our economic model is fundamentally hollow and destined to collapse onto itself, what does that do to the rest of the world?

  3. George Smith said,

    January 9, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Drags them into the same hole unless places buffer themselves against American-style privatization and monetization of everything. That means you have to be a believer in strong government that works to control corporate interest, preserves the public good and protects a strong social safety net. None of which are present in this country.

  4. Ted Jr said,

    January 9, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Who da thunkit? First Bitcoin Elvis and now ->

    Bitcoin Jesus Banned from the U.S.


  5. George Smith said,

    January 10, 2015 at 11:34 am

    the US plans to treat those who renounce their citizenship or who are otherwise inconvenient expats

    The US treats everybody shitty except those with cash money, real cash money I mean, not BitCoins. Fundamentally, he’s made a minor nuisance of himself and the functionaries in the local embassies apparently enjoy giving him a hard time.

    That news site is some demographic — anarchist, individualist, libertarian super-people. How they manage not to get elected or put in positions of real political power is hard to fathom.

    Bitcoin’s had a tough year. When I checked during the holidays the trend was still clearly down. It lost 50 percent of its value since the middle of the year.

    Bad year for the Winklevosses, too. They were going to go into space with Richard Branson when space tourism blew up. They paid for their tickets in Bitcoin, you’ll recall.