Damn you, conservatives, you just Hate The Poor™, you h8ters! [Darleen Click]
Oh god, the concern trolling from one of those “good” kind of self-described conservatives who want to shake their finger of SHAME SHAME at cartoon stereotypes rather than doing their homework is getting on my last nerve.
This kind of attitude toward the less fortunate isn’t new on the right, and its something that I see repeated on a regular basis. People who are among the long-term unemployed are seen as living off the government dole and thus not motivated to find a job, hence the Republican opposition to extended long-term unemployment benefits. People who receive food stamps are, allegedly, using their money to pay for unnecessary items, therefore they are leeches. If you have a minimum wage job and can’t make ends meet, then you should go out and get another job, get an education, or find another way to make more money. Granted, there are policy analysts on the right who make arguments regarding these types of programs who don’t frame their arguments this way, and indeed reject the premises of these arguments, however, if you pay even a little bit of attention to the rhetoric of “the base” on the right, it becomes very clear very quickly that the results of this Pew poll are a largely accurate reflection of what many people on the right think about the poor. [...]
it strikes me that conservatives would do themselves a favor if they laid off the argument that the poor are “lazy” or “have it easy.” Not only is it not true, but it makes you come across as a cold, heartless jerk
In the immortal words of Howard Dean
Why do I get the impression that people like Doug have never actually had to deal with the kind of “poor” person who blasts away every stereotype of them that replaced the Noble Savage shibboleth about American Indians?
Hey, Doug, no one is stopping YOU from writing whatever check you want to whatever charity you support to help [insert poor person du jour] you want.
Fuck off telling me I have no similar choice.
Tags: conservatives, Doug Mataconis, poor