Michael Myler: “I’ve asked five conservative friends and all agree Trump is abhorrent — but then all add that all the Democrats want to do it give money to lazy people.”
→ Yep. Especially to the lazy mostly-white people of Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky. (“. . . In 2017, the state received $40 billion more from the federal government than it paid in taxes. That’s about one-fifth of the state’s G.D.P.; if Kentucky were a country, we’d say that it was receiving foreign aid on an almost inconceivable scale. . . .“)
Michael goes on to say, “If a Democrat could find a way to dispel this notion, we’d be home free.”
Maybe we could get “the explainer in chief,” Bill Clinton, to address this at next year’s convention. He could note that the overwhelming majority of federal spending goes to lazy old people on Social Security and Medicare . . . lazy Army veterans . . . lazy active military personnel (and contractors from whom we probably do buy too much stuff) . . . lazy workers who — because Republicans oppose unions and minimum wage laws — are paid too little to feed their kids without food stamps and school lunch programs and the Earned Income Tax Credit . . . lazy holders of the National Debt that Ronald Reagan sent soaring, as his initially-reasonable tax cuts for the rich overshot the mark in their second round, and that George W. Bush and Trump made worse still.
And so on. If anything, Republicans are the party of the idle rich; Democrats, of the working poor.
(By the way? I like rich people! By most definitions, I am one myself. We make a mistake when we demonize the rich, so many of whom are wonderful people. It’s just that ever since 1980, Republicans have relentlessly — and effectively — managed to shift the balance of power and wealth ever further in favor of the rich. And it’s gone way too far.)
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