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May 25, 2011

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This is right in line with Ron Paul's statement about the Mississippi floods

"But their decision now, because of government levees, because of the flood and no natural result and taking care of this flood, they have a decision to make. OK, down the Mississippi and flood this city, or down here and flood some innocent farmers.

I mean, this is the kind of dilemma that wouldn’t happen in a society that didn’t expect the government to solve our problems. But to expect the government and people who aren’t benefiting to pay for me to live on the beach and get my house blown down, that’s not morally correct and it’s not in the Constitution, if that’s what we’re supposed to be doing."

Nope according to these folks we're on our own. It's every man for himself and fuck the women and children.

So when is this asshole going to renounce the health insurance that we, the taxpayers, are providing for him? He's not going to be put in the position of feeling the pain from the evil and heartless policies he's so enthusiastic about.

I don't know what these guys think is "moral," but it doesn't seem to have anything to do with Judeo-Christian morality as I learned it.

This asshole was a congress staffer for many years and is retired from that. Therefore he gets health care paid for as well as a pension and now his congressional benefits and pay. So the asshole is double dipping. No morals, no ethics, no nothing but greed.

See, I read "Tea Party Zombie Rob" as "Tea Party Rob Zombie" and got momentarily happy. And then confused. And then undyslexic and sad.

You see this again and again in the basic worldview of the GOP - "You deserve what you get if you don't prepare for it, and I'm not going to help you." It's the same sentiment that has Kansas state Rep. Pete DeGraaf in hot water for chiding women for being unprepared for the 'flat tire' of a rape-induced pregnancy. I even had a conservative friend on Facebook remark that residents in disaster areas, such as Joplin, MO, recently, shouldn't be expecting assistance. 'People should obviously be insuring their home unpredictable events. It's less fun, but it's called being a mature independent adult'.

Christ. Couldn't have said it better. BTW, Jude, where have you been? Missed your posts.

"You deserve what you get if you don't prepare for it, and I'm not going to help you."

And however much you prepare, it's not enough. Because the world is random and fate is cruel and thieves get rich and saints get shot and that's the point.

You know what I keep thinking of, and trying to put into words pretty enough for a politician to speak somehow? The day after the blizzard here in Chicago, all my neighbors are out in the alley digging cars out, because one of them was a nurse who needed to get into work that day, snow day be damned.

And when I was done digging my car out, a lady next door asked if she could borrow my shovel, because she didn't have one. Despite the fact that this chick apparently lived down the alley, I'd never seen her before in my life, but sure, what the fuck, it's just a shovel. I told her if she wouldn't mind, just put it up on my back porch when she or whoever was done with it.

Never expected to see that shovel again, but come morning there it was, stuck in a pile of snow.

And I'm sure some Republican somewhere would like to use that example to talk about how we should dig ourselves out and not wait for the government plow, but what I keep trying to wrap my words around is that the government plow IS helping ourselves out when there's too many snowdrifts and not enough shovels for all of them.

We don't expect the government to take care of us. We pay for it to do so with taxes. That it then doesn't show up and do so is what sucks, not that it might be taking care of somebody else.

A.

My Grandma Allen sounds a lot like your grandmother -- without the cigarette. (Her glare was enough to burn you.) If she were still around, or if I were even half the person she was and I aspire to be, neither the meteor nor this doofus would stand a chance.

This guy did us a favor. The new breed of true-believer GOP elected officials haven't the wit to conceal their agenda. They're giving away the game their more cynical predecessors started, and people aren't liking it.

Drip, drip, drip.

"I wish a motherfucker would've said something like that to my grandmother. She would've put a cigarette out on any little bitch that spoke that way to her."

Jude. Awesome line.

edjukating in suthern states mak better republikanz. weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Ron Paul voted against hurricane aid FOR HIS OWN CONSTITUENTS IN HIS OWN DISTRICT.

I'm not a fan of people who build huge vacation homes on beaches either but not everyone who lives in hurricane areas is rich. And where ARE people supposed to live if they can't live near a coastline, in a floodplain, in tornado alley, along a faultline, near possible volcanic activity, close to the firebelt, etc etc etc.

the government plow IS helping ourselves out when there's too many snowdrifts and not enough shovels for all of them.

We don't expect the government to take care of us. We pay for it to do so with taxes. That it then doesn't show up and do so is what sucks, not that it might be taking care of somebody else.

that exactly. Like Jude said, it's a social contract that people have lived under for generations. Now you want to tear up the contract and berate people for not having planned all along that someday the cheap assholes like you would take over.

The march towards feudalism continues to thunderous applause.

I don't blame the GOP for this any more than I blame a snake for being a snake. It has been their right-wing's stated and philosophical goal for a very long time, and they've put in the effort and money and work to make this happen.

They have spent years building up the narratives, moving the goalposts, and increasing the ranks of true believers to make policy outcomes like this possible no matter who gets elected. They don't focus on candidates, they focus on outcomes. For they know that enough opportunistic political figures will buy in if they think it will win them elections. They were right.

That the populations of the southern states would so readily raise their voices and vote against government programs in which their populations participate more robustly than any other region in the country should tell you just how effective that strategy has been.

I even had a conservative friend on Facebook remark that residents in disaster areas, such as Joplin, MO, recently, shouldn't be expecting assistance. 'People should obviously be insuring their home unpredictable events. It's less fun, but it's called being a mature independent adult'.

Has this asshole priced that kind of insurance? It's $1,000 a year in Oklahoma. Average household income in Oklahoma in 2009 was $41,664.

The people who applauded . . . yeah, sheesh. Self-righteous umbrage is a powerful drug, and they are junkies for it. They are sure that "their" tax money is all flowing to undeserving lazy bums, and that "the government" only takes from them, doesn't give them anything. This allows them to feel righteous anger and play the victim, and that is so much fun.

rm:

Your comment reminded me of this article: Victim Identity: I'm Not Okay, You're More Not Okay

It's more in the context of relationships, but this part always sticks in my head...

Victim identity carries a retaliation impulse that eventually rises to the level of revenge, enacted either passively (negative attributions and sabotage) or dramatically. All abusers and violent criminals suffer from victim identity, which, in their minds, justifies their abuse and crimes. The retaliation motive of victim identity is so great that you can reliably use the following as a guideline: If you feel chronically like a victim, you are most likely abusive in some way.

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