The Real Welfare Cheats
by Saab Lofton
"Probably the worst part of the S&L bailout is the message it sends to high-flying con men. It says, 'Plunder all you want. As long as your political connections are solid, you'll get to keep the money and probably won't suffer more than a slap on the wrist.' (Charles Keating only went to jail because his abuses were so extreme; he was the exception, not the rule.)"
--from the book, Take the Rich Off Welfare, by Mark Zepezauer
If you've been wondering why the recent confrontations with those teabaggers insofar as health care have been so hot and heavy, take note: It's because of ignorance -- a handful of corporations own every major mass media outlet there is, and it's simply not in their interests to tell a teabagger that free, universal health care would be less than nothing compared to what the corporate elite has cost us. As columnist Harvey Wasserman put it so well ...
"The 'news' pushed by the major radio/TV networks and newspapers slants unerringly toward the interests of the five major corporations that own the bulk of them. They bury stories of vital importance while spewing endless hours and column inches at the mind-deadening likes of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Their excuse is that they 'give the public what it wants' and are 'in business to make a profit.' But the real profit centers of the corporations that own the media are not in providing news and information. General Electric, Westinghouse, Disney and the other media-financial-industrial behemoths have too much to lose from an accurate reporting of the true news of the world. To protect their core interests, they are bread-and-circus PR/diversion machines, not real news organizations."
... so when it comes time to talk about economics, the poor are thoroughly demonized while the rich are let off the hook: One the one hand ...
"During his stump speeches, Reagan often told the story of a so-called welfare queen in Chicago who drove a Cadillac and had ripped off $150,000 from the government using 80 aliases, 30 addresses, a dozen Social Security cards and four fictional dead husbands. Reagan dutifully promised to roll back welfare. Journalists searched for this welfare cheat and discovered that she didn't exist. Nevertheless, he kept using the anecdote."
--Peter Dreier, director of urban and environmental policy program at Occidental College
... and on the other hand ...
"Even though an Army audit determined that $263 million of charges by Halliburton were exaggerated or unjustified on its $2.41 billion no-bid contract for fuel deliveries and oil equipment repair in Iraq, the Army said it will pay all but $10.1 million of it. The Times reported Monday that the decision to withhold only 3.8 percent of the charges in question is far below the average of questionable charges that are withheld. That average has ranged between 56.4 percent and 75.2 percent over the last three years. Audits and averages rarely matter with Halliburton. While Reagan galvanized the middle class against laundry rooms for the poor, Halliburton is the company whose subsidiary, Kellogg, Brown & Root, charged you and me $100 for a bag of laundry and $45 for a case of soda in Iraq."
--The Boston Globe, March 1, 2006
... so of course you're going to have crazed white suburbanites packing heat dangerously close to elected officials while hurling racial slurs and so forth! They don't know who the real welfare cheats are! Obviously, there's a white supremacist element to it: "Garsh darn it! I don't want my taxes payin' for social programs that'll help them nigras breed me out!"
At the same time, according to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, "A coal miner still dies every six hours from black lung disease." And dollars to donuts says the teabaggers don't give a damn about poor white trash either.
If I was the black supremacist all too many make me out to be, I'd have used my two hundred plus IQ to devise a way to wipe all y'all out by now, supervillain style. Instead, I try my best to explain that you people are being hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray, run amok, but NO, I will NOT be gentle about it. Unlike your dainty, hippie relatives (the ones I find myself protesting alongside), I don't care if your feelings are hurt.
Why? Because if you'd rather your taxes pay for a nuclear missile than subsidize the low income housing I depend on to survive (corporate censorship keeps me from being able to afford anything else), then I consider that callous inconsideration to be an act of WAR.
Having said that, we the people can make it to The Promised Land. It's a known fact that Dr. King was a hardcore Trekkie and I'm sure the vision of Gene Roddenberry was exactly what King meant when he said, "I have a dream." To get from here to there, the rich MUST be taxed and that bloated military budget MUST be cut so we can afford a Greenpeace version of F.D.R.'s New Deal; pay the poor a living wage to erect windmills, install solar power panels and grow/process industrial hemp, which can make fuel, fabric, paper and plastic.
However, the two excuses most often heard insofar as why the aforementioned is supposedly impossible are Human Nature (even though science says there's no such thing) and the Biblical Rapture/the Mayan Calendar. So either our D.N.A. is at fault (which is a racist statement, since you're condemning the Human race) or the world's coming to an end -- in which case, we should simply play video games and max out credit cards at The Mall until The Apocalypse. Well, as the Church Lady from Saturday Night Live would say, "How convenient ..!"
How convenient for the elite at the top -- their MTV Cribs lifestyles won't be taxed to provide revenue for eco-friendly job creation because you're retarded enough to believe there's something inherent in our genetics that prohibits an better standard of living. How convenient for the military-industrial complex -- God knows how many (non-white) people in the so-called third world will suffer and die because you're retarded enough to believe that their suffering and dying is merely divine prophecy fulfilling itself.
Thank all that is holy and sacred the Scandinavians don't buy into that shit: In addition to having just as much free expression as any American -- AND a rock bottom low poverty rate -- Norway has the lowest murder rate on Earth. By all accounts, the Norwegians are Human too, so that "Human Nature" crowd can kiss the blackest part of my ass!
No, I don't hate white folks. Clearly, I'm quite fond of Scandinavia; it's suburbia I have a problem with. And as far as Armageddon goes, Bill Maher said it best in his documentary, Religulous ...
"If you believe that the world is going to come to an end -- and perhaps any day now -- does it not drain one's motivation to improve life on earth while we're here?"
In the Blade movies, there are characters called Familiars. A Familiar is a Human who's a Vampire wannabe and figures if he/she turns a blind eye to the evils of Vampirism, then he/she will be rewarded with a bite. Well, the Libertarians are similar to those Familiars. According to John Pilger, one of the most acclaimed journalists of all time, "More than 24,000 children die every day from the effects of poverty." AND YET, a Libertarian will STILL defend capitalism because he/she cares more about attaining an MC Hammer mansion than he/she does about his/her fellow Human being.
That Libertarian mindset is a big part of the problem: Throughout the madness that was the Cold War, the Libertarians of the west and the Stalinists of the east forced everyone else at gunpoint to choose between free expression and free social services. It's as irrational as asking whether you want to lose your eyesight or your hearing. Obviously, anyone in their right mind wants to see AND hear, and likewise, the Norse has proven we can have BOTH free speech AND free health care.
And before you Obama groupies jump up and squeal at the mere mention of health care, the recent passage of this "public option" ain't worth shit. As Oscar winner Michael Moore explained in his open letter to Republicans ...
"The thieves who run the health insurance companies will still get to deny coverage to adults with pre-existing conditions for the next four years. They'll also get to cap an individual's annual health care reimbursements for the next four years. And if they break the pre-existing ban that was passed last night, they'll only be fined $100 a day ... The law will require all citizens who aren't poor or old to write a check to a private insurance company. It's truly a banner day for these corporations ... We're a long way from universal health care. Over 15 million Americans will still be uncovered -- and that means about 15,000 will still lose their lives each year because they won't be able to afford to see a doctor or get an operation."
... as the Klingon Chancellor, Gorkon, said in the movie, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, "I see we have a long way to go."