The Conservative War on the Poor

Photo courtesy of Kargig via Flickr

Photo courtesy of Kargig via Flickr


An interesting opinion piece by Paul Krugman of “The New York Times:”

John Kasich, the Republican governor of Ohio, …let loose on his political allies, declaring, “I’m concerned about the fact there seems to be a war on the poor. That, if you’re poor, somehow you’re shiftless and lazy.”

I still sometimes see pundits claiming that the Tea Party movement is basically driven by concerns about budget deficits. That’s delusional. Read the founding rant by Rick Santelli of CNBC: There’s nary a mention of deficits. Instead, it’s a tirade against the possibility that the government might help “losers” avoid foreclosure. Or read transcripts from Rush Limbaugh or other right-wing talk radio hosts. There’s not much about fiscal responsibility, but there’s a lot about how the government is rewarding the lazy and undeserving.

They’re still clearly passionate about making sure that the poor and unlucky get as little help as possible, that — as Representative Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, put it — the safety net is becoming “a hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency.”

I think Krugman bravely summarizes what conservatives really think about the poor and working class and why they are against any form of help for them. It’s a cold, cruel, uncompassionate way of looking at your fellow-man and it’s part of what’s tearing this country down.

2 thoughts on “The Conservative War on the Poor

  1. Krugman is correct. That anti-poor attitude is just the tip of a very big iceberg. Beneath the surface exists an ugly mass of social Darwinism (only the strong survive), greed, authoritarianism, militarism, religious extremism, xenophobia, bigotry, racism, and yes white supremacy. In my opinion it is clinically Anti-Social Personality Disorder (ASPD) – a.k.a. sociopathy.

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