Stop shaming women for how they speak, Rick Perry says we need more guns in movie theaters, Mike Huckabee: Iran deal will lead Israelis to the 'oven door'
Stop shaming women for how they speak, Rick Perry says the Lafayette shooting could have been prevented by adding more guns, Cleveland PD admits the officer who shot and killed Tamir Rice should have never been hired, Arizona drug tested welfare recipients and found only one person tested positive, and Mike Huckabee says the Iran deal will lead Israelis to the “oven door,” even though he said he was open to diplomacy with Iran in 2008
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 moneyto 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.”
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.
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.
Rich people should all be given drug tests and anyone that tests positive for drugs should be killed.
What, that sounds too harsh?
But it’s exactly what many people are advocating in regards to drug users on welfare. Welfare is part of survival for the poor. Denying welfare to drug users will literally kill people and their children.
Arizona drug tested over 87,000 welfare recipients. Three turned up positive.
When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, he mentioned policy that would require welfare recipients to pass a drug test before collecting public assistance benefits. Maybe someone should show him the data from Arizona, where politicians said they’d save $1.7M and came nowhere close.
“There’s an increasing body of evidence that social welfare programs that assist the poor do the opposite of what conservatives have been arguing. They actually encourage entrepreneurialism, rather than breed dependency.”
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
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
In most states, when a family in need has a new child, their welfare
benefits increase to cover the extra costs that come with a new family
member. But 16 other states operate differently, limiting benefits after a certain number of children in the express hopes of discouraging poor mothers from having more children.
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.