How many Republicans are on Welfare or collecting Farm or Agricultural Subsidies, or other Federal Benefits like Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid
News Type: Opinion — Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:34 AM EDT
The Republicans and Tea Baggers favorite chant is how much they are against socialism and big government. And they love to be against any federal Program regardless to who the program helps or how much good the particular program does.
Yet today after 8 consecutive years of Republican social program cutting, economy ruining tax cuts, war mongering and profiteering our nation is gripped by the worse unemployment in nearly 60 years and we have more people on welfare and food assistance than we have had in at least the last 40 years.
Many of the states with the worst unemployment situations and where peoples unemployment benefits are low or have run out are in the rural south, states like Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Arkansas, and those are the very states that are most in need of the cash assistance, food stamps, medical and housing assistance provided by the Federal government yet they tend to vote Republican year after year.
I have always wondered why that is? I think maybe it is the shame from having been on welfare or maybe it's a reverse psychological thing, where those people know they will get it anyway despite having voted against it.
But for what ever reason they do vote Republican and they do take all of the handouts that the Federal Government provides.
To me they are nothing but hypocrites, who talk down the government as well as the programs that provide a little cash assistance to help provide food for many of their families, housing assistance to keep a roof over their families heads, as well as medical assistance which enables them to be cared for when they are sick or their child gets injured.
I don't begrudge any Republican or their family that is down on their luck, and who in these tough times may have lost their jobs or had their family income severely reduced, the help that only the Federal Government is able to provide. Especially those Republicans who even in the best of times live in our poorest states , and to whom life on the public dole has become a way of life leading to a form of dependence on the Federal Government that last from generation to generation.
But what I do resent is that they act like all the help that they get from the government is something sinful, and what I don't understand is if they hate it so much why do they take it at all?
I think I must be different than Republicans, because if I hated something as bad as they want us to believe they hate welfare and government ran social programs why are so many of the recipients of the benefits of those programs located in the so called Republican Red States?
Answer by LoriKeet at 8:36 AM on Apr. 2, 2011
Answer by gemgem at 8:40 AM on Apr. 2, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 8:19 AM on Apr. 2, 2011
Answer by layh41407 at 8:47 AM on Apr. 2, 2011
The Republicans and Tea Baggers
I didn't read past this. This isn't an opinion piece. It is a bash piece.
Answer by jesse123456 at 8:51 AM on Apr. 2, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 8:16 AM on Apr. 2, 2011
Answer by layh41407 at 8:38 AM on Apr. 2, 2011
LMAO!! The "source" is the Newsvine BLOG!!
Who the heck is "renard?!" LOL You'd have been better off posting something that your friends' neighbors' cousin said!
Answer by LoriKeet at 8:51 AM on Apr. 2, 2011
Emily, the thing is, this 'op ed' is an attempt to call republicans hypocrites. But the irony is, the same democrats rail against wealth while they are some of the wealthiest in the land who make sure any tax cut goes their way. They want to keep their money because of an elitist attitude. Republicans want them to keep their money because we believe it is theirs to keep. However, that hypocrisy is fine. Republicans taking the services they paid into with their taxes for the entirety of their working life isn't. Farm subsidies exist because of the disparity of the cost to produce a crop and the price paid for the crop. Try going to the grocery store and purchasing ANYTHING without a farmer. (and yes, paper products are the result of a crop - trees are renewable resources)
Answer by jesse123456 at 9:09 AM on Apr. 2, 2011
Answer by Farmlady09 at 10:19 AM on Apr. 2, 2011