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In general, modern conservatives believe that our national character is being sapped by social programs that, in the memorable words of Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, “turn the safety net into a hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency.”
Paul Ryan's 2012 running mate.....Mitt...somebody...
"There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what ... who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... and so my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives," Romney said.
SixPack Abs (R-WI) knew that the average unemployment check nationwide was just under $300 per week when he said what he said. A lumpy mattress or a night on the couch, maybe, but hardly a no-care-in-the-world "hammock" where poorer working Americans pamper themselves into a "dependency and complacency" state of mind.
Ryan's premise, and Romney's, were repellant before they were uttered.....but many months later I think it is clear that the conservative/GOP movement believed every word....and still do.
Silver Spoon Mitt took it even further than SixPack, most likely because he was speaking, you know, "behind closed doors",....the proper place for the powerful to openly bash the powerless for their miserable failures to "take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
What was so out of place in those comments was the implication that the unemployed, the food stamp recipient, the uninsured, the homeless....the powerless....were responsible for the financial collapse of the country and the slow recovery which followed. Conservative soldiers who knew the deregulated powerful in banking, real estate and insurance were responsible for the financial collapse, repulsively, worked to pin the blame on those who are allegedly "dependent" on government. Quite a sleight of hand.
Now, months later, we have conservative states ceasing unemployment programs, cutting back on unemployment check amounts, putting forth legislation to deny food stamps to powerless folks who need food stamps, denying Medicaid expansion for poorer working families in red states, while simultaneously conspiring to suppress the vote of the powerless and backhand reproductive age women.
Instead of the "hammock" and "47%" statements being a source of embarrassment to conservatives/Republicans.....they have, instead, blossomed into a full-blown political philosophy, now cherished and repeated by conservative media everywhere.
In a microcosm example.....immediately following the mortgage derivative and default swap meltdown....the same conservative/Republican suspects talking about cutting unemployment, etc. today....blamed those who lost their homes....not the skimmers who orchestrated the larger-picture, casino-based, crap-out. Eventually, the Villagers accepted as legitimate the notion that something Jimmy Carter did back in the 70's was the real reason why financial markets blew up in 2008.
From my reading of the GOP plan moving forward.....which amounts to still relying almost exclusively on white voters.....the "hammock", "dependency" and "47%" conservative doctrine will be repeated often to appeal to white resentment. The reasoning here by conservatives, if it's fair to call it reasoning, is to make white voters believe that the reason why unemployment is high, jobs are scarce and real wage increases haven't been sighted since 1970.....is because the powerless "dependency" class of lazy no-goods are Bahama-Mama-ing it in their "hammocks" of leisure....refusing to "take responsibility for their own lives."
A good portion of conservative hatred of Obamacare, for yet another example, is not so much the law itself...after all, the ACA is a mainstream Republican law,.....but instead, a hatred of the idea that non-powerful, mostly non-white "hammock" dwellers will benefit.
I find the current conservative/Republican movement offensive and beyond redemption....their strategy is to only appeal to Americans who are rich or full of racial resentment. The "outing" of the GOP soul in the way that it's happening.....is in actuality....a positive sign. What it means to hear guys like Six Pack and Silver Spoon bad mouth the powerless, blaming the have-nots for all the nation's ills.....what it means when Republicans blame the unemployed for being unemployed, the hungry for being hungry and the sick for being sick.....is that the modern conservative/GOP movement is on it's last legs teetering towards the dustbin of history......right where it belongs.