Republican Official Party Line:  “We Hate The Unemployed”

Paul Ryan’s idea of a typical unemployed person:

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Last night Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, gave the official Republican rebuttal to the State of the Union address delivered by President Barack Obama.  It’s important to emphasize that this was the Republican party line response and not a rogue response such as Michele Bachmann’s Tea Party number.  Presumably the speech was reviewed and vetted by the party brass.  So I guess we can also presume that this excerpt represents official Republican thinking:

We are at a moment, where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.

Ryan’s speech was full of fallacies and misstatements which have been pointed out by many observers.

But this particular statement, that unemployed people who are dependent on unemployment benefits to put food on the table are actually just lazy , and that it was made as part of the approved Republican party line, just kind of took my breath away.

It’s far from the first time that Republicans have made statements to this effect.  Rachel Maddow points out many of them in her blog:

Republican Sharron Angle, running for Senate in Nevada: “[W]e have put in so much entitlement into our government that we
really have spoiled our citizenry and said, you don’t want the jobs that are available.”

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona): “[C]ontinuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work.”

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa): “We shouldn’t turn the safety net into a hammock. It should actually be a safety net.”

Rep. Dan Heller (R-Nevada): “Is the government now creating hobos?”

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah): “You know, we should not be giving cash to people who basically are just going to blow it on drugs.”

But frankly these are some of the meanest people of a mean group.  And notice who first made the “safety net into a hammock” comment there?  Douchiest of the douchy Steve King who I’ve written about before because of his utter douchieness.

But now, apparently, slamming the unemployed for being unemployed is mainstream Republican.  And these are the lunatics who just got the keys to the asylum. 

Thanks for staying home last November to teach all us Democrats a lesson certain people!  And the unemployed will thank you too no doubt.  From their hammocks!

Posted by marindenver on 01/26/11 at 03:57 PM • Permalink

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What amazes me most about the constant decrying of the homeless/poor/etc. is how absolutely vicious it is.  Tax cuts for people making eleven-billionty dollars a year?  Hell, yeah.  Making sure the unemployed have a roof over their heads?  FUCK NO!  I simply do not understand that mindset, nor do I really want to understand it.

It’s the “bootstraps” meme. It is actually a Christianist thing, where they dismiss the life of poverty that Jesus led and embrace his “teach a man to fish” idea. After all, it’s up to you to take care of yourself. Never mind that the lake has become polluted and the fish are all dead. Feed yourselves, you ingrates!

It’s another Christianist idea about wealth that pisses me off, too. If you have achieved financial superiority, it was God’s will, nevermind that part about the camel passing through the eye of a needle for you rich, selfish bastards. Apparently getting into heaven is easier when you’re loaded.

I find more often than not that the teachings of the Bible have their own miraculous interpretations when you’re a Christian Republican. Turns out that Jesus fella didn’t like the shirkers or the crippled or the poor. He apparently raised Lazarus so he could get right back to work.

Yeah, that line pissed me off too. It’s just an upgrade of the GOP’s “strapping young bucks buying t-bones with food stamps” and ‘welfare queens” pack of lies.

But you know, with times this hard, maybe it’ll finally backfire on the bastards. It’s not like the unemployed are some faceless “other” living in a ghetto thousands of miles away (neither were so-called “welfare queens,” but I digress). Just about everyone in the audience knows unemployed people—real live human beings who are decidedly NOT laid up in hammocks.

“Just about everyone in the audience knows unemployed people—real live human beings who are decidedly NOT laid up in hammocks.”

Errhh, not yet - plenty of east coast neighborhoods are like my Mom’s (Scarsdale, but wrong side of the tracks, so to speak) where people don’t quite get the idea that it’s difficult to find jobs in the upper sectors, and also believe that people working in MacD’s are either scum, or students who will eventually become stockbrokers. What a dilemma!!

Stories like this must really confuse their unemployed Republican brains.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/27/sports/baseball/27 meche.html?hp

Commie alert!

Comment by trollhattan on 01/26/11 at 06:22 PM

Dear me. The neo-kooks are too stupid to realize the talking point that works when unemployment is low isn’t appropriate when unemployment is in the double-digits. Keep talking assholes.

@donnah - The teach a man to fish saying is commonly attributed to Confucius.

He apparently raised Lazarus so he could get right back to work.

FTW!

I prefer to think of our social safety net as not so much a hammmock, as the rump-sprung fold-out convertible sofa in the spare room of America.

The people in my extended family most in need of the social safety net are also the most fervent GOPers. They simply don’t get it. Partly it’s because they’re caught in the dysfunctional “abuse equals love” cycle in their own relationships so they have to keep their white-trash spouses and ex-spouses happy by parroting the GOP line. Partly it’s because, being white, they literally do not see the social safety net as something that benefits them. They EARNED it, by god. Not like those horrible anti-American shiftless darkies!

Also, too, they are impervious to facts. I think they believe that playing dumb is the way to win a dream date with Jesus in the afterlife, since that’s been their modus operandi on earth.

I hate to sound so harsh about people I’m related to, but if they want to keep slitting their own throats, I’m not going to offer to hold the basin and make soothing clucking noises.

That was probably a Frank Luntz re-write from Ryan’s earlier draft reference to Producers and Parasites.

In the words of Ulysses Everett McGill, “Consider the lilies of the g**d***ed field!” If we just cut all the lazy bums off, they’re go become coal miners! Or something.

@ losingtehplot—no doubt there are still enclaves relatively untouched by the worst economy in 70 years, but my point is, the GOP is going after white middle class people now. That could backfire. Big time. I hope.

Betty Cracker:  “But you know, with times this hard, maybe it’ll finally backfire on the bastards. It’s not like the unemployed are some faceless “other” living in a ghetto thousands of miles away (neither were so-called “welfare queens,” but I digress).”

No, I’m afraid it’ll never backfire on them—not with their base.  That’s why they’ve cherished and nourished their precious, precious racist themes.  As Oblomova pointed out, the white voters who respond positively to Republican messaging give themselves a pass when douchenozzles like Ryan hate on the unemployed:  “They EARNED it, by god. Not like those horrible anti-American shiftless darkies!”  Ryan knows who his audience is.  And he’s blowing the dog whistle he knows they’ll hear. 

Yeah.  Ryan’s an even bigger asshole than marindenver and Betty were giving him credit for being.

Ryan’s an even bigger asshole than marindenver and Betty were giving him credit for being.

Oh, I totally think Ryan’s a useless asshole.  What shocked really didn’t surprise me is that the assholery is mainstream party talking point now.

What’s missing from your illustration is the background where it’s the middle of winter and the hammock is in an alley.

Well, Iowa has to lose one congresscritter next election. And I don’t think redistricting is going to be kind to King. Just sayin’.

Jesus didn’t go in for all that socialist ‘safety net’shit.  He used free-market loaves and fishes to feed all them people.  You didn’t hear about ‘The Miracle of the Food Stamps,” did ya, punk?  Didn’t think so.

And I don’t think redistricting is going to be kind to King.

We can only hope. Because that guy is a giant festering pimple on the ass of society.

And hey, let’s not forget to take those safety nets away from the trapeze artists, too. After all, they’re bound to get complacent and dependent if they know they won’t fall to their deaths if they slip up.

What’s also missing from the artwork is that handsome UI check for $350 just waiting to be cashed and wasted on shit like food, rent, utilities, car insurance, etc.

...the GOP is going after white middle class people now. That could backfire. Big time. I hope.

Don’t count on it. The Masada/Saipan Banzai cliffs stage of our cold civil war is next, where white middle-class people volunteer to sacrifice themselves, and their children, so that the tribe-team-clan can go on, albeit without them.

Just replace ‘Tenno Heika Banzai’ with ‘We’re #1!’

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah): “You know, we should not be giving cash to people who basically are just going to blow it on drugs.”

This is the PERFECT ARGUMENT for legalizing drugs.

If drugs are legal two things happen:
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1. Drugs will cost NOTHING…so people can’t blow entire checks on them.

2. The stupid will not know when to stop and they’ll drop like flies. Considering I’m a Republican…soon, we’ll be able to refer to the GOP as the Party of One…moi!

I forgot to mention that by bailing out Wall Street, he did EXACTLY THAT - provided cold, hard cash to dope fiends.

“But you know, with times this hard, maybe it’ll finally backfire on the bastards. It’s not like the unemployed are some faceless “other” living in a ghetto thousands of miles away (neither were so-called “welfare queens,” but I digress).”

You hit upon the answer. The majority of people receiving federal government benefits have alwyas been white, but that fact has never stopped the Republican hate machine from demonizing the poor.

The Republicans always bank on the fact that the one thing a broke-ass white person will always hate more than having a dime, is a darkie with a nickle.

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