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As we celebrate MLK Day, this is the real Martin Luther King.

Here, Dr. King calls out the blatant hypocrisy of white people who have received government welfare for decades but don’t think government should help anyone else. Remember this video the next time a Republican claims Dr. King would be opposed to welfare programs.

“At the very same time that America refused to give the Negro any land, through an act of Congress our government was giving away millions of acres of land in the west and the midwest. Which meant that it was willing to undergird its white peasants from Europe with an economic floor.

But not only did they give the land, they built land grant colleges with government money to teach them how to farm.

Not only that, they provided county agents to further their expertise in farming.

Not only that, they provided low-interest rates in order that they could mechanize their farm.

Not only that, today many of these people are receiving millions of dollars in federal subsidies not to farm, and they are the very people telling the black man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.”

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States Spend Hundreds Of Thousands On Welfare Drug Testing, Turn Up Barely Anything

As state legislatures convene across the country, proposals keep cropping up to drug test applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, or welfare. Bills have been introduced so far in Montana, Texas, and West Virginia, with a handful of others also considering such a move. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ® has gone further, proposing to drug test applicants for food stamps and unemployment benefits. They follow recent bills put into action in Maine, Michigan, and Mississippi.

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Kansas is Ready to Prevent Welfare Recipients from Going to Swimming Pools and Movies

In his failed 1976 Presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan popularized the myth of the “welfare queen”—a conservative stereotype of a person fraudulently using public assistance to lead a luxurious lifestyle, driving a Cadillac to the public assistance office to bilk the taxpayers for another ill-gotten welfare check.

The case Reagan loved to reference on the campaign trail was real: In the 1970s, a Chicago con artist presumably named Linda Taylor used dozens of aliases to defraud the public of at least $150,000 in public assistance. It was an isolated incident, but it allowed Reagan to sell the country on a narrative with racist undertones: that public assistance was being exploited by lazy people living the high life at the expense of hardworking taxpayers.

The narrative isn’t true. In reality, people on public assistance lead very frugal lifestyles. But the trope persists, and legislators in Kansas have used it as a pretext to pass some of the most insulting legislation we’ve seen this year: a bill that would put bizarre restrictions on how beneficiaries of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) are allowed to spend the money they get.

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[…] according to studies, every dollar spent on WIC saves three dollars in future hospital costs. Every Junior Cheeseburger you pay in tax money earns you three Junior Cheeseburgers later on. Meanwhile, poor children get to continue to live, and you don’t have to suffer the embarrassment of explaining to foreign visitors why the richest country in the world has so many filthy children with rickets.

The biggest waste of taxpayer dollars on welfare is, ironically, the money we spend on trying to prevent people from getting welfare: for example, every time the government tries to save money by preventing drug users from collecting benefits, enforcing that law ends up costing more than it saves. Studies repeatedly show that welfare recipients use drugs at a lower rate than the rest of the population, because it turns out that drugs are super expensive. This makes the vast majority of the mandatory drug tests given to welfare recipients pointless. […]

Furthermore, giving benefits to the unemployed stimulates the economy, particularly when the economy is already in the shitter. It’s pretty straightforward: if you give money to people who are on the verge of total destitution, they’re going to end up spending it immediately, because they’re probably way behind on rent, bills, and the food necessary to chase off the relentless specter of fatal starvation. That money goes right back into the private sector.

—  “5 Surprising Insider Facts About Welfare” - J.F. Sargent et al., Cracked.com

anonymous asked:

Did you see the new analysis put out by wallet hub saying conservative leaning states rely more on government assistance? Thoughts on it?

Yeah but…

Have you considered breaking those results by district?

Get out of here with your vagueness.

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s A Black Republican

There is nothing more vile than the way liberals of every color treat black republicans (or republicans of any group that they perceive as marginalized). Every racist slur in the book that would be hate speech if a conservative said them is suddenly justified and appropriate as long as the victim of their cruelty is republican. Of course, the people spouting these insults are often those that preach messages of black unity, perhaps too blinded by their blind allegiance to liberalism to see the hypocrisy of their ways.

The saddest thing is that I was once one of them- I never in my life have used malicious slurs or personally attacked anyone, but I didn’t understand black republicans. I had been taught, like everyone else, by Jon Stewart, by my professors, by popular television shows and by buzzfeed that the Republican Party was the party of evil, greedy, selfish, racist, sexist old white men. And I had never thought to question that.

That was until I realized that many of my beliefs and arguments could be ripped to shreds by logic, reason and fact. As desperately as I tried, I couldn’t find evidence that could truly substantiate my opinions or discredit the right’s arguments.

I realized that while my parents were democrats, they had overwhelmingly conservative principles, and that those principles were responsible for their success, and my life of relative ease and privilege.

My dad grew up dirt poor on welfare, surrounded by degeneracy, crime and violence. His mother was 14 when she gave birth to him. He didn’t meet his father until he was well into his 30s. My dad is one of the hardest workers I know. Sometimes he would work three jobs at a time. When he got laid off from a great job, he never stopped trying. As much as he struggled, and as many challenges as he faced, he never gave up on himself or his family. He could have continued to live the life of dependency that he was introduced to in his childhood, but chose to be better than his circumstances, and currently earns a six figure salary as a result of that.

The GOP doesn’t hate black people or poor people or gays or women. The GOP hates big government, entitlements, and irresponsibility. Government assistance should be a last resort, not a lifestyle. If a baker doesn’t want to cater your wedding because it conflicts with their faith, the government shouldn’t be able to force them at gunpoint. Abortion isn’t a women’s issue, it’s an issue of morality and responsibility. I won’t deny that individual Republicans can be bigoted, but neither bigotry or stupidity are exclusive to a particular political movement.

To characterize the core republican values of personal responsibility and independence as “white” attributes is indisputably racist. There is nothing paradoxical or ironic or self deprecating about a black republican. There is, however, a great deal of intentional defamation and manipulation of the GOP, and a great deal of unintentional, though immature, ignorance about what it means to be a republican that certainly needs to be addressed if this country is ever going to prosper.

The “welfare queen” stereotype comes from one famous case: Linda Taylor, a dedicated con artist who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the US government by being a dedicated con artist. Fun fact: she also kidnapped children and probably murdered people. But she was only ever charged for the welfare fraud, because the prosecutors were worried that a murder case would distract from the far weightier issue of stealing from the taxpayers. That’s right: people are so enraged by the idea of welfare fraud that they literally treat it like it’s more offensive than murder.

5 Surprising Insider Facts About Welfare

Here’s who’s really using welfare

Mississippi Republican state representative Gene Alday suffered from a particularly bad case of foot-in-mouth racist controversy in February, when he told the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi, that “all the black people are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’” Had Alday even glanced at the numbers, he’d have realized he was dead wrong.