Tuesday, August 16, 2011

US Blues, update

What does one make of people who are poor and aging, yet apparently don't believe they will ever need health care that is currently priced way beyond their means? Is this garden-variety old-age denial or Tea Party-Republicanism run amok? Why would people be against their own interests? Is a party principle really more important than your life, or the lives of your loved ones?

As I see it, this is the crucial difference in the political debate right now. We are now arguing over our own lives, not some hypothetical situation that may or may not arise. And yet, here in the conservative south, poor people who consistently vote Republican continue making all manner of theoretical right-wing noise instead of fully comprehending that the wolf is at the door.

Example: I used to get out there and protest other people being unemployed, and now I am the one who is unemployed.

And maybe tomorrow, you will be.

This isn't academic. Not for me. It was, once, and now it is an immediate reality. What to do with people who refuse to see it that way? Who smugly believe they will stay employed, and receive the Social Security that they don't want other undeserving people to receive?

For instance, two people who made money off the GOVERNMENT, now say nobody else should: Michele Bachmann, ex-IRS stooge fattened off of farm subsidies (i.e. welfare) and our congressman, Trey Gowdy, who made his living as a prosecutor (with starring roles on FORENSIC FILES and DATELINE, for catching bad guys). How can Trey have a career in government while railing against the government that has fed and clothed him very well? Why does Michele want to cut off welfare for actual poor people, but she is allowed to rake in $251,973 of OUR hard-earned money? (screams)

I think this is called, talking out of both sides of your mouth. As Rand Paul treated patients funded through Medicaid, and made MONEY off of Medicaid, but now wants to limit/abolish it for others. (He's made his money, so now he's through with it. Nice work if you can get it!)

And Michele Bachmann wins the Iowa straw poll. (screams again for emphasis)

I'd love to hear some opinions about this rather twisted southern phenomenon, if you got any. For one thing, I'd like to know, is this sorry situation a purely southern one? Do any poor people besides southern whites consistently vote against themselves?

It's enough to make you tear your hair out.


Great introductory animation on this one! Enjoy!

US Blues - Grateful Dead


And just listen to this! I have no idea where or when it was recorded, but I would say from the looks of their hair (touch of gray, ha) that it was late 80s/early 90s.

Star Spangled Banner - Grateful Dead

Jokey comments about how they couldn't let Phil sing for this one, LOL.


D. said...

"For one thing, I'd like to know, is this sorry situation a purely southern one? Do any poor people besides southern whites consistently vote against themselves? "

Oh, I hear they do it in the midwest, too. And in parts of New England, and in the sunbelt. And even in parts of California and the Pacific Northwest.

Thirty or so years of lies have an effect.

sheila said...

Hmmm, I don't have to write anything, I agree with D. :)

I think we should elect Warren Buffet. He's got the answers. Seriously. He says that we could fix the economy just by making it law that if our debt was ever over 3% of our GDP, Congressman in office couldn't be reelected again.

And there ya go.

JoJo said...

We are so hosed. What surprises me the most is how conservative my high school friends have become here in MA, even those who are Deadheads. MA is the only state that I know of that has a law requiring everyone to have health insurance, even if it's just Mass Health for poor people (I think that's the route I'm going to have to take as we are BROKE).

I admit to avoiding the news and politics since moving. I can't deal w/ the fighting and conflict anymore. I'm all about happy thoughts now.

As for the anthem, I believe that is from opening day 1993.

mud_rake said...

"They" do it in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. I live in Toledo and know that the book, What's the Matter with Kansas? ought to be titled, What's the Matter with America?

The 24/7 AM propagandists have complete mind control over "them" and, election after election, "they" pull the idiot lever and, instantly, the money leaves their bank account!