"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine." - - - William Blum

November 04, 2005

"I'll never understand the Republican fascination with screwing the poor at every opportunity. Countless numbers of American middle class families are one month, one week, or one very bad day away from being poor, indebted, or homeless, or at the very least not having enough food for the kids during one particular week. While my Catholic family was indeed, sigh, unalterably Republican, watching the Reagan years it didn't take much to demonstrate just how much Republicans loathed the middle class -- the average folks who had paychecks, not trusts, and whose most sizable long-term investments consisted of the savings account at their bank, not stock market portfolios.

And I'm not talking "ignored", or "were indifferent to", but absolute hatred. The idea that some poor person, somewhere, might be sucking a dime too many out of the system is largely used as the reason to carve, gut and bury whatever safety-net welfare programs the party sets its eyes on. Rather screw a thousand people, than to have the children of some undeserving "welfare queen" get milk today.

But God Help Us All if we don't pass, in the middle of all of this apparently urgent pain, yet another business-humping, morality-punching tax cut for the folks with greens fees to pay.

Even some Republicans are recognizing that there's going to be some political hell to be paid, in reconciling the Senate and far more draconian House measures, and there are going to be a great many good people in America squeezing that intramural fight for all it's worth, as yet another demonstration of how Republicans would rather dump your grandmother in a ditch by the side of the road than give up a day of shoe-shopping or withstand the Satanic Fucking Communism of having to pay that extra one percent here or there.

Whatever. My tolerance for these pretenders of morality has been pegged at zero for a decade. I can't wait to hear the Fox News spin on how those nasty children on Medicare or those bastards taking advantage of the school lunch program are hurting the God given economic competitiveness of the investor class." - - - Hunter, commenting on the latest attempts by the Republican Congress to reduce the federal budget on the backs of government social programs

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