GOP Beliefs About Poor People Are Myths To Justify Tax Cuts For Rich/ Cuts To Entitlement Spending

Today’s Congress is the richest in the history of the nation. These wealthy men & women have zero concept what it is like to choose between putting food on the table or taking their sick child to the doctor. They have no understanding what it is like to wonder how to pay the rent or electric bill. And thus, since they have no real life experience, they make up myths to justify cutting social services that benefit the lower income groups in order to increase their own wealth via tax cuts for the wealthy. Our friend Gronda has done an excellent job de-bunking those myths and showing our elected representatives for the greedy, self-focused people they are. Please take a moment to read, and remember this on November 6th! Thank you, Gronda!

Gronda Morin

I have observed the resurrection of the racist myth of the “Welfare Queen” as well as other misleading talking points to describe poor people by members of the GOP.

The GOP in the US Congress cannot be allowed to disseminate these myths as an excuse to enact cuts to current safety-net programs for the poor and/ or to justify additional tax cuts for the wealthy.

See: Why the UN is investigating extreme poverty … in America/ Guardian/ December 2017

Here is the rest of the story…

(Source for below AP report published by the Chicago Tribune on the 19th of December 2017 by Michele Gilman, University of Baltimore: (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

Excerpts from “3 myths about the poor that Republicans are using to support slashing US safety net:”

Republicans continue to use long-debunked…

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28 thoughts on “GOP Beliefs About Poor People Are Myths To Justify Tax Cuts For Rich/ Cuts To Entitlement Spending

  1. A element of American society lining their wallets with green all the while trying to maintain a image of caring, God fearing folk…a prime example of why I am not a capitalist or into religion… 🙂 but that is another thread… 🙂

    “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” Maya Angelou

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    • The more I hear from you, the more I like what I hear. I have no use at all for religion, and capitalism has gotten so far out of hand that I have no use for that, either. Realizing, of course, that I am in the minority on both. And, I love Maya Angelou! That lady had class, intelligence, compassion … all rolled into one.

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      • I suspect that if “everyone” would voice their thoughts on the issues that you would find that you are not in the minority… 🙂 what one is witnessing today, with Trump president, is the minority trying to protect and save their ideology because they fear change….

        Have a great day!

        “Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. ” Anais Nin

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        • Yes, you are likely right. I’ve often referred to “the vocal minority & the silent majority”. People say that the Trump supporters are the majority, but it only seems that way because they are loud and obnoxious, while the rest of us are trying to make our points using calm reasoning, intellect, facts, and civil discourse. Interesting quote … something to think about. Thanks!

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    • Well, by default, I suppose. The republican party seems to be devoutly determined to kill off the poor (I’m not clear as to who they think will then man the machines in their factories for a pittance), so that leaves the ‘other side’ to champion the poor, the tired, and the huddled masses, of which I consider myself one these days!
      Cheers, dear Jamie!!!

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  2. The editorial is spot-on. Gronda refers to the racial stereotypes of poverty as being pushed by GOP politicians, but doesn’t directly attribute it to disingenuous intent. So, I will; and, I have good reason to do so. In a recent post on this blog, I had an exchange with a “kool-aid drinking” Trump supporter who not only didn’t defend himself against my accusations of malevolence and corruption, but appeared to welcome it as well. His (my assumption on gender) replies only asserted that Democrats were equally guilty of such charges.

    The reason why I’m raising this point is because the election of Donald Trump changed everything in American politics. Right wing extremists (a.k.a. the Alt-Right) have long been frustrated by Republican politicians who “didn’t want to go there” (i.e. publicly acknowledge their allegiance to unbridled wealth, Christian dominionism, and white supremacy). With Trump’s electoral victory, the cat is now out of the bag – so to speak. More moderate Republicans, or at least the ones who are disgusted by this turn of events, are running for the hills and not seeking reelection because they know they’ll be rejected by Trump supporters.

    Still, worry over political correctness preoccupies centrist sentiments. Establishment Democrats, in particular, don’t want to get into a mean-spirited slugging match with Republicans – for obvious reasons. They prefer to argue the merits of policy rather than the motivations behind it. Unfortunately, this is analogous to boxing with one arm immobilized in the context of today’s new political climate. It is also the reason why Bernie Sanders struck a chord with progressives in 2016. He spoke clearly, directly, and candidly about conservatives’ motives.

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    • Hi Robert,
      I can’t agree with you more. Also, under the current political climate, I wonder whether the likes of Bernie Sanders would ever be elected.

      Hi Jill,
      You are spot on in uncovering some of those deplorable myths. The rich, famous and powerful often have too many myths, one of which is the rather seductive but insidious “If I can do it then anybody can.”, which I discuss, analyse and unpack in great detail in a section of a multilateral and multipronged post relying on my observations and the findings of psychology, sociology, philosophy and other disciplines, available at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/soundeagle-in-best-moment-award-from-moment-matters/#If_I_Can

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    • Ah yes … I saw the dialog between you and kenslifesite … I purposely stayed out of it, for you and Keith were doing a great job of responding to him, and he raised my hackles to the point that I knew I couldn’t be civil to him. Good job, my friend.

      You are quite right in that the more moderate, centrist Republicans are calling it quits because, a) Trump and thus the GOP will not support them if they don’t pledge their undying loyalty to Trump, and b) Trump’s 40% base will not support them. Some, I hope, are leaving because the whole circus disgusts them, but those are the very ones that I would rather see stay and fight the good fight. What bothers me is that those like Flake, who have nothing to lose now, aren’t standing firm against Trump’s more ludicrous policy decisions, but continue to lick his boots. Why?

      I have to admit to being one of those who would far rather argue policy, for to me that is more important than politics and personalities. It is why I backed Hillary, not only to defeat Trump, but because I agreed with her about 97% of the time on her policies, plus I knew she understood the intricacies of international politics. Maybe she had baggage, and maybe she wasn’t the warmest, most likable of candidates, but the woman was sharp and would have done a much better job than Trump. That said … on to Bernie. I love Bernie Sanders. He is a kind, compassionate man of good conscience. And, like myself, a socialist. But the truth is that Bernie, had he gotten elected, would have found it impossible to keep almost any of his promises, unable to promote his agenda, for it simply did not add up in terms of dollars and cents. Not today, anyway. But yes, Bernie has a mind and a heart, both of which are lacking in our current “leader”.

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      • I agree on all your points. I’d rather debate over policy too. But, like I said previously, the political climate has changed. Although Hillary was by far the most qualified presidential candidate in the field, Bernie was a better match against Trump – IMO – because of his populist appeal. In 2016, all the centrist establishment candidates running for president under-performed against expectations. Remember Jeb Bush? He raked-in big money, but few votes.

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        • You make good points! Yes, I remember Jeb, but he had baggage too … his last name! And I agree that the political climate has changed … the populist movement, both here and in Europe, has brought much of the change, and it is driven, I believe, by the Arab Spring that created the refugee crisis that has driven the xenophobia we see today. That was the seed, and from there, people like Trump, LePen, Farage, Hofer and others picked up on the mood of the moment and played on the fears of the people. France, Austria and the UK were a bit smarter than the U.S. and realized that loud isn’t necessarily better. Else they saw what was happening here with Trump at the helm and said, “NO WAY!” I’m never quite sure which.

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          • Absolutely, the Arab Spring refugee crisis was a focal point for right-wing xenophobia in Europe (though not in America). Hillary’s role in trying to oust Gaddafi in Libya and Assad in Syria cannot be understated. It’s one of the main reasons why I opposed her candidacy. It was a tragic miscalculation which has resulted in dangerous and long-lasting consequences. Anyone with even a basic understanding of the Middle East would have been wary of upending the established order and expecting poorly educated populations rife with sectarian sentiments to embrace much less understand the complexities of democracy. Yet, she pursued such a policy anyway. Bernie was so right on this issue.

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            • You do make an excellent point about Hillary’s role in Libya and Syria, and I do agree with you. But, I think the refugee crisis is also a factor here, for a large part of what got Trump elected was him playing on the fear of Muslims entering the country. Never mind that we have not experienced a major terrorist attack by a Middle-Eastern group since 9/11, and never mind that our biggest terrorism concern should be homegrown … white, Christian bigots. But because Trump said that Mexicans were criminals and rapists, and Muslims were all terrorists, he played on the fears of Middle Eastern refugees, and that, more than anything (except for Russia and the electoral college) put him in the Oval Office. Oh if only we could have a ‘do-over’!

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