On the political right there’s a lot of scapegoating. The moral decay in society is all because of gays and secularists and commies and welfare “queens” (what a nauseating term) and illegal immigrants. But please stop and think about it – none of these people have any real direct influence in society. There is no mad rush toward marxism (by which I mean actual marxism, as in abolishing the right to own private property, not the post office raising the cost of stamps a few pennies and conservative nut jobs screaming that we live in the soviet union). There’s no gay mafia controlling congress or pushing churches around and telling them what they can and can’t do. And the only time a majority of people in the US weren’t christian was around the time the fucking mayflower landed. The fact is all the actual power that any of the groups conservatives tend to blame society’s ills on have is just the power to make a persuasive argument and occasionally convince most other people they’re right – and that’s not actual power it’s just the capacity to have a good idea that makes sense to people.
Illegal immigrants are destroying our economy? That’s like a fortune 500 company going under and everyone blaming the janitor that doesn’t speak english, it’s completely insane. Now we’re told that it’s people who don’t have two nickels to rub together, they’re the real culprits. It’s these people scamming you by being hip-deep in poverty living the good life on their food stamps and their not being able to buy things. They’re obviously to blame.
Not congress for deregulating the banks and failing to create regulations prohibiting new harmful economic practices. Or ignoring the rising cost of healthcare (medical bills are overwhelmingly the most common cause of homelessness) to the point where we were paying double what every other country was per capita (with tens of millions fewer having access to it). Or lobbyists or the investment bankers that hire them because being able to lend out 10 times the money they actually have in their coffers and collect interest on it and sell the US government the right to print it’s own currency at a steep profit (both of which banks legally do every day) just isn’t a sweet enough deal. Literally a license to print money isn’t easy enough, they need the right to bundle bad loans, lie about their worth and sell it as a commodity too. And corporations need the right to gamble with your pension money where they get all the rewards and zero liability for your lost decades of earnings, and take out life insurance policies against you without your consent or knowledge. And CEOs need to dissolve unions and keep wages down through inflation and hire “efficiency” experts to “cut the fat” from your table and put it on theirs. And change the law so they can fire you without even giving an excuse, because apparently “letting someone go” a week before retirement for some lame, bullshit reason was just too hard. Hell they don’t even have to hire you full time and give you benefits, just make everyone work two part time jobs instead, it’s more “efficient”, right?
But yeah as I was saying, this rampant poverty is clearly poor peoples’ fault. There’s nooooo other explanation for how more people each generation are poor. Interest rates on savings accounts going from 8-10% to 1% – there’s no way that could possibly be a factor. The minimum wage going down because it’s never adjusted for inflation unless the democrats control the white house and both houses of congress simultaneously – what could that have to do with it?
No, clearly poor people just aren’t working hard enough. They’ve gotten too soft. I even heard the other day on fox news that most so-called “poor” people have a refrigerator.
Now granted few “poor” people actually “own” a refrigerator, they actually have “access” to one because most poor people spend most of their money on “rent” because they can’t “afford” to own a home – but that’s the same thing, right?
It’s a matter of laziness. I mean look at the unemployment rate, it more than doubled in one year. Clearly poor people just became really, really lazy that year. Nothing else could’ve happened to explain it.