Two great reads. One by Michael Tomasky over at The Daily Beast and the other by Paul Waldman at The American Prospect.
Mr Waldman :
‘If you want to explain why your party lost a presidential election, there are a number of places to look’.
‘You can blame your candidate and his campaign (which usually means, “If only they had listened to me!”)’.
‘You can blame your party, and ask if it should examine its ideology or its rhetoric’.
‘You can blame the media’.
‘Or you can blame the voters. As the old political saw says, “The people have spoken—the bastards.”
‘They got what they wanted, conservatives are saying’.
‘They wanted free stuff. Because that’s just how those people are’.
‘This was perhaps articulated most vividly by Bill O’Reilly, who on election night lamented the fact that “the white establishment is no longer the majority” and said, “It’s not a traditional America anymore, and there are 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff. They want things. And who is going to give them things? President Obama.”
“You either get free stuff or you get freedom. You cannot have both,” said Sarah Palin back in September’.
“Offering Americans a check is a more fruitful political strategy than offering them the opportunity to take control of and responsibility for their own lives,” wrote National Review’s Kevin Williamson after the election’.
“You have two generations now who believe that the government owes them something,” said conservative columnist Cal Thomas’.
“If you’re looking for free stuff you don’t have to pay for, vote for the other guy,” said Mitt Romney during the campaign. And of course, his infamous 47 percent video was all about those people who think they are “entitled” to government benefits’.
‘The truth, of course, is that every single person in America gets benefits from the U.S. government’.
‘We get defended from invasion, we get roads to drive on, we get reasonably clean air to breathe, we get parks and schools and so much else’.
‘But that’s not the “free stuff” conservatives are talking about’.
‘They’re talking about the government giving you something directly as an individual, like money’.
‘But there’s a problem here too: Lots and lots of Americans, including most of those whom Republicans deem morally worthy, get plenty of stuff from the government’.
‘So what is it that, in conservatives’ minds, distinguishes the “makers” from the “takers,” particularly when, as political scientists Suzanne Mettler and John Sides report, “97 percent of Republicans and 98 percent of Democrats report that they have used at least one government social policy”?
‘Think hard, and it’ll come to you’.
From : http://prospect.org/article/land-free-stuff-home-brave
Mr Tomasky :
‘How out of it can millions of Americans be’?
‘Do they really have no idea that they’re talking about the people who, generally speaking, are the hardest-working people in the country’?
‘What exact “stuff” do they think comes “free” to people who pick lettuce, bus tables, clean their offices after they’ve left for the day, mulch their perennial beds’?
‘They are completely out of their minds’.
‘The statistics tell us that a lot of these workers—I mean people who earn less than the median wage of $48,000—don’t get much free stuff at all’.
‘Many aren’t offered employer-sponsored insurance’.
‘Virtually all pay a higher share of their income in taxes than most millionaires, because even though some of them don’t pay income tax, the payroll tax socks them pretty good’.
‘And yes, maybe they can get their kids free care at a clinic, but thank God for that, unless we want to start blaming children for their parents’ socioeconomic status (which of course some do)’.
‘Or maybe the Romney people would say, “No, no, we don’t mean people who work hard, they’re OK. We just mean the moochers.”
‘But what exactly do they mean by that’?
‘People on welfare’?
‘That’s 4.6 million people’.
‘I’m sure you can do this math yourself, but that’s not exactly 47 percent of the country’.
‘It’s 1.5 percent’.
‘Are they really so divorced from reality that the difference between 1.5 percent and 47 percent is just a rounding error?
From : http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/11/11/michael-tomasky-on-how-the-right-is-still-racist.html