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Logic 101

Dear Editor:

Sorry, but it’s a fact: As long as poor and near poor whites keep drinking the Kool-Aid of the Republican Party then it’s highly unlikely that America will recover prior status. There are now four extreme conservative groups within this political party fighting over government graft. Their dilemma — they can elect only one representative per district.

Oh gosh, someone else bashing the poor, poor Republicans. Well the best summary of the Republican Party’s multiple extreme platforms was just written in the NY Times: “The Political Fight on Farm Aid and Food Stamps Hits Home in the Delta, Thomas Bond, a cotton grower received $4 million in federal subsidies in the last seven years … There are a lot of people on food stamps who shouldn’t be … they could be working, but don’t,” (said while sitting in his country club). Monica Stokes, who works as a clerk at a check-cashing store and has been cut off from $167 a month in food stamps because her income rose slightly: “Maybe I should go out and plant me a couple acres so I can get some of that money the farmers get.” Since 1995, farms in her county have received about $250 million in subsidies.

And let’s not forget their best and brightest light, Sena. Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky. “I do support unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks that they paid for …if you extend it beyond that, you do a disservice to these workers.”

Guess he forgot that nationally a generation of middle-aged citizens were fired due to banking greed. “Rand’s statement strikes at the heart of the divide between conservatives and liberals about whether the social safety net provides temporary help for those who hit hard times or functions as a kind of glue to keep them stuck. Businesses and the wealthy regularly take advantage of subsidies and tax loopholes … it’s an indictment of the morality and character of the poor and disadvantaged,” — C. Blow.

Compare to JP Morgan who was just revealed as hiring the children of the Chinese ruling bureaucrats to get Chinese business. Forget it’s illegal — isn’t that anything but “good” character and morality?

I know, I know, it’s Republican Logic 101. So, let’s go back to the pending Farm Bill. How do crop subsidies (no competition) become a good vs. the dreaded “Obama Care” being a bad subsidy? The answer is simple: the good subsidy (Tea Party supported) feeds only the rich and the bad program helps most Americans.

The flashing kleig light is that the world is finding itself in an equally disparate income/class conflict. Why isn’t that an opportunity for America to right its ship? Or do we keep drinking the Kool-Aid?

Dave Blake

This story was posted on December 26, 2013.
  • Stephen_L

    While I agree with much of your sentiment, I wish this train of thought had a caboose.