You Know…

I wouldn’t mind it if Republicans said something like “Gosh, we hate to cut food stamps, but we really need to balance this budget for everyone’s good.”  Or maybe “We really need to cut spending somewhere, but we don’t want to cut it from people who need it, so let’s focus on getting rid of welfare fraud and waste, helping people graduate from assistance, and getting the money only to the people who really need it.”  But they don’t.  Instead, you usually find them saying something asinine like “Why should these people get free stuff when I have to pay for it?” or “Why don’t these people just go get a job?”  And that’s why it’s really hard to get behind them, even if they’re right about the need to cut spending.  To paraphrase Billy Joel, I’m starting to feel like I’d rather be wrong with the Democrats than right with the Republicans.

Coming soon, a few thoughts on the proposed Missouri law restricting people on food stamps from buying junkfood, steak, and seafood.  Non-ranty, I promise.


One thought on “You Know…

  1. I’ve often observed that when it comes to a number of social policy issues (welfare, immigration, taxation – just to name a few), I see a consistent pattern of errors:

    1) Conservatives consistently assume the worst of every downtrodden and low-income person and assume the best of every wealthy business-owner. All low-income people are moochers and if they would just grow a work ethic they would be successful and not need any help. On the other hand, any whiff of a progressive tax system punishes the success of every wealthy person, who of course would never use their money or position to take advantage of their employees.

    2) Liberals consistently assume the opposite: the worst of every wealthy person and the best of every low-income person. All low-income people are desperately struggling to make it but are being held down by impassable structural barriers, while all the wealthy business-owners are purposely, diabolically keeping them there.

    Obviously the reality is much more complex and nuanced than that, and it’s so frustrating to see two (or more) extremely polarized positions headbutt into each other over and over again, with no recognition that politics is, to borrow a phrase, the art of the possible.


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