Re: Liberal program
posted at 1/17/2013 2:07 PM EST
Conservatives like him and others here have literally no concept of what is correctly termed the "working poor", as mentioned here, people with few skills who work low-paying jobs in the faint hopes of rising up through years of thankless labor into the middle class.
They don't understand that 50% of the people who live below the poverty line DO work, often full-time, often with little or no benefits, no time off or sick time - all things which contribute to any other working person's total compensation. And many of them are also parents.
These are realities they are ignoring in their myopic (and confused) goal to "slash pork", without realizing that "pork", for better or worse, is sometimes exactly how bills become law and how lawmakers are able to deliver badly needed services to their constituents.
In the end, those on the bottom of the barrel are the ones who suffer, who fail to be heard, who slip through the cracks and resort to crime, drugs, gangs...anything to make them feel valued by their families and their communities.
Criticizing Head Start as a "failure" is a) vilifying the poor who depend on the program, b) elitist, and c) beside the point. There are, as mentioned, thousands of private sector solutions for parents who can afford them. For the rest, the OP says, "let them eat cake".
To sum up: They embrace dehumanization.
The same sort of thought process the military relies on to convince eighteen year olds to cause people to choke to death on their own blood. If they're something less than people, maybe it's a little easier to pull the trigger.
So tvoter and other scum embrace conservative lies that poor people are all just a bunch of lazy thieves. And if they can gin up an article about domestic program fraud, well, that's proof that all poor people are frauds.
Funny....they don't tend to do that with the massive amount of white collar crime pereptrated by "job creators" with far more overall harm to us all.