Um…About that Welfare Queen and Her Lac.

Reagan’s Welfare Queen was black, decked out in furs, and driving her Cadillac to the welfare office to pick up her check.

None of these stereotypes even came close to reflecting reality, particularly in regard to race.

It was true that as of the late 1960s and beyond, a disproportionate percentage of blacks participated in AFDC.

But there was never a point at which blacks accounted for a majority of recipients. The typical AFDC recipient, even in Reagan’s day, was white.

Salon

It's a Fact

Guess who’s not buying it anymore:

The Republican Congress killed Obama’s proposals for larger tax credits for child care; investing in community colleges; helping make retirement plans portable; and giving tax relief to manufacturing communities.

The same fate met programs to retrain workers; help them relocate when their jobs went overseas; or temporarily supplement their wages if they were compelled to take a lesser job. Ditto for payroll tax cuts and creating an infrastructure bank to fund thousands of construction jobs. The coup de grâce was cutting back on food stamps. In sum, the GOP establishment — epitomized by Ryan — waged a class war against its base.

The base noticed. Donald Trump is the expression of their anger, not the cause.

Here’s what Kevin Williamson of the conservative National Review says:

“It wasn’t immigrants from Mexico… There wasn’t some awful disaster.

There wasn’t a war or a famine or plague or a foreign occupation. Even the economic changes of the past few decades do very little to explain the dysfunction and negligence — and the incomprehensible malice — of poor white America...

The truth about these dysfunctional downscale communities is that they
deserved to die
.

Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible. Forget all your cheap theatrical Bruce Springsteen crap. Forget your sanctimony about struggling Rust Belt factory towns and your conspiracy theories about the wily Orientals stealing our jobs…

The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin. What they need isn’t analgesics, literal or political. They need real opportunity, which means they need real change, which means that they need U-haul.

If you want to live, get out of Garbutt.”

Translation?

White racism is no longer useful.

White trash deserves to die.

It takes more than a U-Haul to get out of poverty, Kevin.

It takes, faith, hope and access to resources.

It takes vision.

I feel so sad for my country.

WE had so much promise.

I feel poisoned.

15 MIllion Children

 

Rob Goldstein 2016

 

25 thoughts on “Um…About that Welfare Queen and Her Lac.

      1. Haters and trolls?

        That’s why we have spam boxes.

        Oh the joy of flushing a trolls comments into cyberspace!

        And if you mark a troll’s comments as spam it’s also like spraying your blog with air freshener.

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      2. I know about spam but I didn’t know you could mark them. I’ve been lucky (knock on wood) because the only spam I have ever gotten was from people wanting me to let them “help my blog get seen” and the one from the guy wanting rent money for his mama. LOL

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      3. That must be what I’m getting. I got one today from “Jim” who said my posts just “popped up” on his Iphone. I sure wish I could figure out how to track these people. There’s a way but I just can’t figure it out.
        Wouldn’t it be neat if, when deleting the message, one could bounce back to them? LOL

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    1. I feel badly for these men and women even as I swallow my fury over the fact that they continue to allow their fears and hatreds to overwhelm their responsibility as voters.

      Why can’t they stop voting against their futures and the lives of their children?

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    1. The beauty of democracy is that it formalizes a fundamental truth: the people always choose their government, even when the leader is a king or a tyrant.

      Leaders lead by consent.

      I don’t think people like to acknowledge this because if this is true it means that the people are always responsible for the decisions made in their names.

      The greater the access to fact based information, the more responsible they are.

      I think people like to believe that they can hide their selfishness behind a selfish leader.

      Then if he goes too far they can reject him and feel clean. (Dennis Hastert anyone?)

      I think many of Trump’s supporters think this.

      If his supporters let themselves see a world that isn’t constructed of religious superstition and political dogma they would see that Trump is a malignant narcissist who thinks that everyone must defer to his needs and point of view.

      But that would mean accepting the fact that this one aspect of his flawed personality make him a a perfect reflection of his supporters.

      To change this they must free themselves from their resentments and fears.

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  1. I have been following over at the links – all the latest- is the USA as scary inside as it appears from out here? Our bright sparks (not) are following economic policy right up, well I won’t say it in polite company. It is as though our idiot leaders can’t think without aping yours and yours are apes -scuse the hopeless feeling – we have elections coming up in July 2nd

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    1. It’s scarier inside; I think more so for people who are old enough to remember what the nation was like prior to the so-called ‘conservative’ revolution.

      Astute people saw this as the rise of neo-Confederates, erroneously called ‘neo-liberals’.

      It’s frightening to live in a country that gives people the ‘right’ to die but not the ‘right’ to healthcare.

      ‘Right to Die’ legislation without the ‘right’ to medical care is the same Trojan horse legislation that the ‘right’ to refuse treatment is for the mentally ill.

      How profitable is it when a person with schizophrenia is so ill that he refuses treatment?

      Right to die legislation is an invitation to the same kind of abuse inflicted on the ‘economic liabilities’ known as people with mental illness, with the exception that the executions won’t be the slow agony of dying on the streets.

      I can think of few situations more frightening and potentially lethal than needing expensive treatment from a for profit medical system that can force you to ask for death.

      And don’t think for a moment that a for profit system won’t do everything that’s legal to make you suffer until you ask for death.

      In the United States, it’s legal for hospitals to discharge psychiatric patients to the streets a midnight and they do.

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      1. Much scarier inside I think – here people can still be put on medication orders to appear at local Psychiatric Intake to be given Medication.
        Ours is basically still a not for profit industry though the government is removing more and more medications from the supported list. Psych patients on medication orders still get theirs gratis. Our problem is the lack of medium care facilities for the benign insane, and that they do not keep the criminally insane inside if they can get away with it. We had a man living in his car, wielding a knife around here for a couple of months, the POlice said they couldn’t do anything because he is protected by Article 56, an Act which protects the Insane from any violence they commit – until he held up a lass in the local shop at knife point – they took him away, put him back on his meds and he was back in a few days. He is still around because every so often another hoarded item appears beside his car, though now he moves at night. He has been rehoused out of area but, as I say returns with his hoards. The council garbage service took away two truckloads of his hoardings in a week- with police protection since he threatened them with his knife. Today we were all puzzling over the worth of a pot plant without most of its leaves that he had lined up behind the Auto – which finally has a tow away notice on it.
        He is a very content fellow in all that he does, seems flush, can afford a cab to drop of his hoardings – just not around here with that knife, they have given him a studio apartment somewhere which is very lucky for him considering the homeless on the waiting lists.

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      2. That is a terrifying consideration. How many with DID do loses their minds? You lot need to have some conversations about survival because its all for one and one for all.

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      3. I think that when you have different aspects of the self with different needs and contradictory belief systems you are by dint of this already severely compromised in daily functioning. I can’t guarantee when I leave the house to do go to my therapist that I will get there. If something happens that causes a trigger response I can even end up on a bus a head cross country (yes, that has happened)…
        I started this blog out of my frustration with the U.S. behavioral Health system which maximizes profit at the expense of treatment.

        Think of how frightening it is to live in a country with a mental health system that denies the existence of complex psychiatric illnesses because they are expensive to treat, When I write about the criminal nature of pathological narcissism I am writing about a United States that remains in the thrall of an economic delusion imposed on us by a wealthy minority that never has to suffer from the deprivations that it rigs the system to impose on the rest of us. Our economic system is now based entirely on an idiotic mis application of the biological laws of evolution

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      4. Denying the existence of is just like denying the existence of the people suffering. I can easily believe you about the bus ride, I have fugue states in Epilepsy that keep me on a bus when I should have got off. I don’t know what choice you will have or chance of changing anything there short of a revolution. One the USA seemed to be leaders in treating such conditions now if they won’t admit to them they can’t claim ownership of any new discovery or treatment.
        Yes, heaven help us if they ever privatize this health Service completely. Currently they do recognise all complex psychiatric and psychological states here and there are free clinics as well as private ones. Psychology Fees are still not covered under private funds, however several Church agencies employ very good ones for a minimal fee. I once payed only $5.00 per hour, then I was referred to a Psychiatrist who did both under Medicare and only charged the common fee. Some charge up to $250.00 per hour of which very little is returned. That is 1/3 of my pension per fortnight.

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      5. This denial of the seriousness of mental illnesses is global. The United States is still a world leader but rather than leading in technology and innovation is simply leading us to our doom. It’s sad — but the best defense is to know your rights under the law and use whatever resources are at your disposal to see them enforced.

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      6. Definitely, this new budget to be introduced here is another death knell to all manner of poor people- I just hope they do not take my Medication of the subsidised list else I shall be spending our pension to prevent seizures and Mania

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      7. We must, with the ammunition of knowledge and to allow people to see that we do live and function-that in my case epilepsy with bipolar is a thread away from Schizophrenia, to make then understand that it could be them or their child.

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      8. Yes..Especially those of us whose intelledctual functioning is not impaired by the illness. By that I mean the terrible symptoms of depression and apathy are mostly missing from my symptomology. That doesn’t mean that I don’t experience these things…they just don’t overwhelm my desire to make art and to live life as productively as possible.

        I see very little difference between the things we had to do as GLBTQ people and what we have to do as people with mental illnesses. In both instances the institutions on which all of us depend were withdrawn from us out of an outrageous sense of entitlements combined with fear and irrational hatred. In both cases we had to spend years being present despite the furious attempts to shove us back into silence and the closet. With mental illness we have an additional burden. Gays were made to think they were sick by the sickness of the hatred they had to face but once they were able to use the movement to discover each other and healthy ways to live. People with mental illnesses are desperate need of resources and a return of some of the institutional support that we lost as a result of the so-called desire to unburden us from unnecessary treatments.

        The systems that killed gays and still kills the mentally ill is consistent with a Eugenics movement that operates covertly in the U.S. and other industrialized nations. Homelessness is a form of pubic execution. There is simply no other way to explain the act of depriving a class of people of everything they need to successfully participate in modern civilized life.

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