F**k the Poor

I found this on today’s forage through Pinterest. It’s too good not to share! 🙂

Art by Rob Goldstein
found on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/468655904950069761/

This is what I hear when I hear rich Democrats say they won’t vote if their fave doesn’t win the nomination:

F**k the Poor

I don’t know a single person with a disability who lives on social security who doesn’t know that regardless of who the democrat in power is, the quality of our lives improve.

I love Susan Sarandon but republican tax cuts benefit the rich regardless of what they say they believe.

Susan Sarandon will not go hungry if Trump or Cruz wins office.

And while we’re at it, can we talk about the lunacy of electing a Democrat to the office of President, giving him a Republican Congress, then blaming him for
not enacting his agenda.

Basic Civics Lesson:

Congress serves as a check on Presidential Power.

The President can do nothing without Congress.

And if the members of Congress are nothing more than partisan hacks who spend all of their time looking for ways to sabotage a sitting President and the people re-elect them guess who the losers are?

Those of us who intend to vote for Saunders are even more obligated to guarantee
him a Congress that agrees with his agenda by sending Democrats to Congress.

If we don’t give Saunders both houses of Congress then his election means nothing.

As for Hillary Clinton’s alleged dishonesty; who are the avatars of virtue hurling this accusation?

Are they the same one’s who are still trying to push the discredited planned parenthood scandal?

In a democracy the government is the people and it always reflects their will and their character.

It might feel comforting to some people to believe people are powerless.

But I’ve seen too much.

You can’t tell a gay man of a ‘certain age’ that hard work and persistent political activism doesn’t change things.

So, can we get down to the  business of ending the politics of greed and cynicism that is killing our democracy and our planet and get on with building a future for ourselves and our children?

Who’s deserving? We are. All of us.

Rob Goldstein 2016

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49 thoughts on “F**k the Poor

  1. Interesting comments. But the story is says it best. If you insult them, everyone readies for a fight but in reality would do nothing.
    As for the statement regarding conservatives putting them all under one blanket, ” they lie and scent their cruelty with cheap euphemisms even as they hold democrats to standards of honesty that have no interest in achieving.”
    This statement can apply in both directions. It has been my observation that both parties continually sabotage one another. Each is more interested in seeing or getting party coups than working together for the people.
    Conserves don’t want to see the poor on the street any more than anyone else does. What “they”, and this applies to both sides, don’t like, is working their asses off for the “poor” that won’t get off their lazy asses and contribute to society. Having worked for the state, there’s a good deal broke there. Free or assisted healthcare or welfare was created to give people a hand not be a way of life. One of my co workers said “we wouldn’t have a job if not for them.” Me? I would rather help them to get to a place to help themselves, to hell with my job! I hated seeing them beaten down and helpless and that’s the difference. If you give people too much, too easily, they lose incentive. They lose heart. It comes down to heart. Give them hope, give them self respect. It and everything for the people should never be about counting coup. Just my thoughts for what they’re worth.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      Having worked in public health I also agree with the goal of helping people find work and independence. I don’t agree with with the assertion that conservatives don’t want to see the poor on the street.

      If conservatives didn’t want them on the streets they would invest as much in job training and other essential resources as they do in tax cuts for the rich.

      But know that I don’t have to agree with everything you say to respect your opinion and to appreciate your comment.

      Thank you for leaving it. 🙂

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    1. The image speaks to the subconscious aspect of hypocrisy.

      We are OK with cruelty as long as we can ignore it.

      Donald Trump is the best illustration of this.

      The so-called ‘establishment’ of which he is surely a member hates him because he doesn’t sweeten his language with nice sounding code words.

      What the ‘establishment’ Republicans call ‘personal empowerment’ he gladly calls ‘shutting them out’ and he is even willing to name who he thinks ‘them’ are.

      The only difference between Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan are the smiley faced euphemisms.

      I prefer an enemy who tells me to my face that he doesn’t think I deserve to live. At least I know what I’m fighting.

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      1. Exactly Erika. Racism and Xenophobia are the heart and blood of ‘movement’ Conservatism in the United States. Trump is the first Conservative leader that I can respect. I think he’s absurd and represents a dangerously regressive political and social agenda but at least I respect him. I’ve never had any respect for American conservatives and the reason is that they lie and scent their cruelty with cheap euphemisms even as they hold democrats to standards of honesty that have no interest in achieving. I can respect Trump; he’s a terrific pig.

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  2. The punch line was good. But, it also shows the truth, that people like to talk more than do. We need sustainable change to help people climb a ladder back to self sufficiency. We have a US and global poverty problem that have occurred over time. We need to speak about these issues and define ways to help, based on real data and feasible solutions.

    Bernie is talking about them better than anyone and has made Hillary a better candidate. Yet, the debate which the Dems are having is a good one – altruistic progressive vs. pragmatic progressive. Altruism is far sexier and we should be aspirational, but we do have to pay for things and we have a $19 trillion debt problem.

    Ironically, the two leading GOP candidates have tax plans that would increase the debt over the next ten years by $12 trillion and $3.7 trillion. So, much for financial stewardship. And, they disdain climate change, don’t talk about our global water problem (Iwhich goes well beyond lead in pipes), and are against things that would help those living paycheck to paycheck and below – the ACA, minimum wage – not to mention the civil rights issues.

    As an independent, I will vote for Hillary or Bernie. I would give some consideration to John Kasich, but he does not stand a chance of being the GOP nominee. But,, the likely opponent will be an egotistical, thin skinned man whose history tells you everything you need to know about his lack of veracity and maybe the most detested man in Congress as he is a grandstander and has alienated others in public.

    Either way, we need to address climate change, water, debt, poverty, crime and protect civil rights and one set of candidates is prepared to address them better.

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    1. Great comment and points Keith.

      We are already out of time as far as addressing climate change. I don’t expect us to create a utopia but the least we can do is create a nation of people who behave like responsible adults when it comes to making decisions that affect the lives of the poor in our own nation and people who live in other parts of the world.

      It seems the operating assumption of the GOP is that everyone who is NOT them is either a servant or disposable. It is unacceptable that such people are in power at all; even less acceptable that many of the voters who place them in power suffer the most from their policies.

      For myself I am sick of feeling as if I live in a nation of perpetual teenagers who can’t tell the difference between a political leader and entertainment.

      We are selecting people to occupy positions in a political system that affects the quality of our lives. It is the difference between life and death for many of us.

      We are not voting in the Grammy awards.

      We are voting for the President of the United States.

      Bernie articulates a vision that was once our reality in this nation.

      Our economic system prior to Reagan was a form of Democratic Socialism and it worked splendidly until the GOP decided to use racism to poison the political debate.

      Bernie’s ideas are not new.

      What is new is the unreasonable expectation that he or anyone else can make these changes without the demonstrated support of the people.

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      1. Good response. You are correct that the increase in poverty can be traced back to Reagan, but it is also do to outsourcing, rightsizing, downsizing, offshoring, union decline and technology improvements. Our capitalism is not unfettered, but there are those who want us to be closer to the Robber Baron period again, but we still have the social insurance underpinnings of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The war on poverty for people over 65 was successful until of late, with the huge cost of long term care as we live longer.

        I love what Bernie is talking about, but he needs a governor of what we can afford. Yet, if he wins the nomination, I will vote for him, but he will need to “reach for the stars, with his feet on the ground” some, if elected. He and Hillary are at least talking about the real issues with potential solutions rather than speaking in platitudes that are sound bites.

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      2. The best case scenario is that Hillary and Bernie unite for the good of the country.

        It’s been awhile since we’ve had leaders who place the good of the country above personal ambition.

        If they unite it will undercut conservative attempts to play the game of divide and conquer.

        This election will go to democrats, but only if the voters are smart enough to avoid falling for conservative games of divide and conquer.

        I can always tell when a conservative is posing as a Bernie or Hillary-bot.

        I was one of five moderators for a political discussion board for a number of years and our biggest problem were right wing trolls who posed as disaffected liberals.

        Bernie presents us with an agenda that is radical only to people the people of certain regions of the United States who get deeply offended when they are accurately described.

        As for the remains of the New Deal, the libertarian wing of the GOP have placed such restrictive rules on access to Social Security and Medicare for people with disabilities that the programs almost function as death traps.

        For most civilized people the idea of pooling money to pay for services that most people can’t afford by themselves is common sense.

        Maybe that’s what I long for: the politics of common sense.

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    1. I agree with you.

      I am not saying that we should hedge out bets.

      I’m saying that we should do with the Democratic Party what the Dixiecrat did with the GOP.

      They took it over and then mobilized election after election to shape the GOP platform.

      If Hillary is the nominee then I say vote for her and demand that she represent our interests.

      We know how to do it; all we have to do is what the former Dixiecrat already does.

      We become active participants in our political lives and we accept no excuses for opting out.

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  3. Wow. That was pretty powerful. It’s amazing…the different reactions to the different signs. Useless, hostile comments cost nothing. Actually lending a hand or even doling out a few dollars…well, that involves the almighty buck! Solution?
    Just walk on by.

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    1. It’s especially odd to see in hyper-gentrified San Francisco.

      The other day while walking down Market Street I noticed that the sidewalks were scrupulously clean except for bundles of rags with people under them huddled next to the buildings. Block after shining block of huddled masses.

      I thought: Why did we turn this blosssoming democracy into a brutal dystopia? Why would a wealthy nation of people choose to create this kind of brutal squalor?

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      1. 😦 I thought you were going to say bundles of rags that somebody had thrown out. I guess, in a way, that’s exactly what our society has done….thrown these “rags” away. We can accept paying for $1,000.00 toilets for the White house but we can’t feed and house our homeless.

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  4. Well said. We have seen how a well-meaning president cannot function with his hands tied. If Bernie gets elected and the Congress remains as is, we will have four more years of gridlock. The question is whether we are so far down the road toward oligarchy (some, including me, would say we have been there for quite a while) that we cannot turn back. Even with Bernie in the lead.

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    1. Good point!

      I want to believe that enough of our Democracy is intact for the people to turn this around. Really, all that is required of us is that we pay attention, look at the source of the information we have, see where the paid lies are coming from, and stop voting as if our politics are a popularity contest. We are so used to being fed the idea that ‘government is the enemy’ that we’ve lost touch with the fact that government is the most powerful tool we have for improving the quality f our lives as a people.

      The idea that we are ‘too dependent’ on government is absurd.

      The whole point of making a system of government is that we can do as a community what we can’t do as individuals.

      I don’t know how to put out a fire.

      I don’t know how to teach a class in advanced literature.

      I don’t know how to pave a road, lay concrete build a house, or drive a bus.

      And because Conservative economic policies represent the interest of people who believe that the wants of property owners and economic elites are a priority I may not be able to feed myself as I reach a more advanced age. Does that mean I have nothing to offer to society? No. The computer is one of the most empowering technologies ever created.

      Look at Steven Hawking.

      We live in an advanced civilization when many of our dearest dreams of civilization can come true except that we turn our power over to people who abuse it.

      We do this by voting for superstition over access to quality medical care and schools or by not voting at all.

      It’s the people who decide not to vote that raise my ire.

      Conservatives are not the silent majority. The silent majority is actually democratic.

      But for some reason democrats allow the right wing echo chamber known as Fox News to distort their perceptions of their leaders.

      I presume that Hillary has told a lie or two, but when her accusers use a multiple media outlets to fabricate news that has nothing to do with reality it’s hard to take the charge against Hillary seriously.

      As for Bill Clinton’s Presidency, the fact that he got anything done at all is astonishing.

      If democrats are going to show up in numbers to elect a democratic President they have to show up in larger numbers to elect a congress that agrees with their agenda.

      Mr. Gingrich was clear about his intention to gut public services.

      The people sent Gingrich and his merry band of greed heads to Congress.

      The people are responsible for the compromises Clinton had to make.

      If we are going to turn our nation around then the people must take responsibility for the political decisions they make.

      One man cannot change a corrupt system of government without the support of the people.

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    1. Yeah, I was thinking that too, that people are awfully good at shooting off their mouths, less quick to put their money where these same mouths are.

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      1. Right. I think that the problem is that people want to the perception of being compassionate while behaving like selfish pricks. This is the heart of doublespeak: Compassionate Conservatism, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Balanced Budget for a Stronger America, and depriving children and marginalized senior citizens of food in the name of ‘Personal Empowerment’. These names allow the strong to abuse power while thinking that they are teaching the ‘lazy’ to fish for themselves.

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