I started out reading this Crooks and Liars post to laugh at the progressive rant against the evil republicans. It turns out that is was a very good insight into some of the problems that Obama faces.
Let’s start with the original reason for the blog post – republicans waging a war on the poor.
Minnesota Republicans Want To Bust Poor People Who Carry Cash
It’s really funny how progressive liberals can’t read. If you read the tag line and the article, the information is spun so that it appears “poor people” in Minnesota can’t carry more than $20 cash. However, if you actually read HF 171, you soon find out that is not the case.
As most average people know, especially in an entitlement-rich state like Louisiana, the use of debit cards for “food stamp – now called SNAP” programs and the TANF program ($175.2million from Washington for FY2011) is abused heavily.
Yes, I know people who are on assistance so I’ve seen these abuses first-hand. Not that everyone abuses the system, but is it my social responsibility for you to be able to buy lobster and steak with a Louisiana Purchase card? Should our tax dollars help fund those that sell their benefits or use a taco truck to steal $1,000,000 worth of benefits – like Vincent Edward Daprince?
But I digress so let’s get back to Minnesota. If you actually read the text of HF 171, you will see that none of that rhetoric is true, of course. The bill amendment simply is putting some common-sense restrictions on Minnesota’s system. Can the Minnesota poor carry more than $20 cash on them? Sure – but they need to earn it on their own – not off the backs of the MN taxpayers.
This is where the article actually had some decent insight. If you can stomach some of the comments in response to the stupid article, you start to get a picture of the current attitude of progressive liberals to the Teleprompter-In-Chief. Here are a select few.
There comes a time where we decide to be the change no matter who sits in the White House. This had better damn well be one of those times. – karoli
Since most people seem to be hanging their hopes on the man in the WH it would be nice to know what the former community organizer thinks – and if it differs with his corporate agenda. Because most assuredly he will be our only choice in 2012. Excuse me if I would find it comforting to know if he actually gives a shit about us. – Rich H
No. I’m waiting for his eloquent speech on the merits of a strong working class…I’m not holding my breath. He’s more likely to give a speech about the greatness of banks. – Edwin
These comments are directly from the hearts and minds of progressives who believe “in the cause” and are commenting against republicans.
Come to think of it – Obama is definitely a better president than Bush. While it took Bush 8 years to piss off his base, Obama has done it in 3.
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