Hunger Games, U.S.A.
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Published: July 14, 2013 330 Comments
“Something terrible has happened to the soul of the Republican Party. We’ve gone beyond bad economic doctrine. We’ve even gone beyond selfishness and special interests. At this point we’re talking about a state of mind that takes positive glee in inflicting further suffering on the already miserable…”
Cassi Creek: The very idea that anyone with a modicum of intellect would prefer trying to subsist on the meager amount of SNAP assistance provide by the Federal government is patently absurd. The GOP/teavangelists insistence upon gutting the social safety nets that protect the citizens of this nation are, frankly, among the most vicious and mean-spirited attempts to wage class warfare that this nation has ever seen.
Blaming unemployment upon the laid-off, out-sourced, off-shored workers of the American working and middle class is akin to blaming children infected with Hepatitis B and other infectious but preventable diseases for their parents refusal to allow them to be vaccinated. Of course, we do have a sizeable population of parents who stupidly refuse to protect their children from such illnesses; and in doing so, infect many others beyond their immediate circle.
The GOP/teavangelists are willing to destroy all the existing safety nets, and any others that might be proposed in their efforts to cover up the role of corporations and financiers, and shift the blame for the great recession to the people who lost everything including their homes and jobs. We seem to be headed back to the days of child labor, poor/work-houses, and epidemics of communicable diseases brought about by malnutrition and lack of sanitation and affordable health care.
The rush to abolish the safety nets seems to be driven by a desire to punish people for not being wealthy, for not being GOP/teavangelists, and most of all, for recreational sex. The Teavangelists demand someone be punished, and forced starvation and disease is much less expensive than making people wear all the various scarlet letters. We’ve watched this year as state after state tries to implement a war on education, upon social security, upon the poor and unemployed, and upon women. Collectively these efforts are somewhat more drastic than Dickensian, bordering on the suppression of the Kulaks by Stalin.
Stalin, in addition to his megalomania and cruel nature, was most likely suffering from tertiary syphilis. I’m beginning to wonder about our Congress and their owners.