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More Brain Emptying

Let’s add another not fully formed thought to the afternoon’s list.

It occurs to me that the people I hear arguing that poor people just feel entitled to food, healthcare, etc without paying for it are often the same folks arguing for significantly lower taxes. Or, to put it another way, they feel entitled to all the benefits of living in an advanced democracy, without paying for it. Not saying that it’s always inconsistent to hold those two positions or that anyone saying one necessarily says the other, but I do hear it pretty often.

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Remember folks, you should be outraged over the very idea that a couple people who use drugs may get a little bit of welfare by defrauding the government.

When bankers defraud everyone, and get a massive bailout? Totally cool.

Silly bankers, consequences are for poor people!

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Image via ThinkProgress

If you were even remotely in the proximity of the internets today, you probably heard a lot of chatter about Mitt Romney’s speech on the economy in Detroit. The picture above is from that event. Not exactly a full house.

Romney’s campaign has faced criticism about their choice of venue, and coverage of the empty seats has dominated today’s news.

As usual, the focus is on optics, not content. But the real reason to criticize Romney today? Take it away, Ezra Klein:

When Romney said he “wasn’t concerned about the very poor,” he wasn’t kidding. He’s using the policies they depend on most as a piggy bank for tax cuts…

What Romney is essentially proposing to do is finance a massive tax cut by cutting Medicaid, food stamps, housing subsidies and job training. In other words, the neediest Americans — and, to a lesser degree, federal workers — will be financing a massive tax cut…

In 2000, George W. Bush ran for president saying “I don’t think they ought to be balancing their budget on the backs of the poor.” In 2012, amidst a much worse economy, Romney is running for president saying exactly the opposite.

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The Lifetime Achievement in Being an Asshole Award goes to… Stacey Campfield, the TN state senator from Knoxville!

The academy would like to recognize the gentleman from Knoxville for the following comments he made on a local radio show (thanks to The Gravel Kraken for highlighting this):

“That bullying thing is the biggest lark out there.”

“Homosexuals represent about 2 to 3 percent of the population yet you look at television and plays and theaters, it’s 50 percent of the theaters, probably more than that, 50 percent of the theaters based on something about homosexuality.”

“Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community — it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall.”

“My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex…very rarely [transmitted].”

“What’s the average lifespan of a homosexual? it’s very short. Google it yourself.”

A fine southern gentleman, indeed. At the Kraken’s suggestion, I did in fact take a gander at the bills he has introduced. They’re pretty much just as repulsive as these comments. The good senator would like to:

And when he isn’t busy shitting all over everything and everyone (that isn’t a wealthy white christian male), really all he can think about is guns. Someone more learned than myself in the intricacies of TN state government should come up with a way to fire this dumbass.

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