A Stupid Tea Party
Kate Zernike and Megan Thee-Brenan write for the New York Times:
Tea Party supporters are wealthier and more well-educated than the general public, and are no more or less afraid of falling into a lower socioeconomic class, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Seriously? I guess “more well-educated than the general public” might be correct but educated enough to go above the cognitive dissonance and ignorance that lead to the arguments they make? Far from it. I’ve met more stupid people in political forums who get it than these people who are enraged enough to go out into the streets to protest.
The piece goes on to explain many things but the most important thing is the one the writers don’t mention. They write:
But in follow-up interviews, Tea Party supporters said they did not want to cut Medicare or Social Security — the biggest domestic programs, suggesting instead a focus on “waste.”
Some defended being on Social Security while fighting big government by saying that since they had paid into the system, they deserved the benefits.
Others could not explain the contradiction.
“That’s a conundrum, isn’t it?” asked Jodine White, 62, of Rocklin, Calif. “I don’t know what to say. Maybe I don’t want smaller government. I guess I want smaller government and my Social Security.” She added, “I didn’t look at it from the perspective of losing things I need. I think I’ve changed my mind.”
This isn’t more well-educated than a box of rocks. This is the reality of their arguments:
The programs (red) they want to get rid of (blue) are not the programs that can break this country. They want to get rid of the least costly federal program, foreign aid, while keeping the most expensive: national defense, Social Security, and Medicare. Granted, I am all for keeping Social Security and Medicare but in a greater form. I would prefer a single-payer system which would change the face of the medical industry—the root of the expense in Medicare.
Jodine White’s problem is she wants to go to war, see the enemy and go into battle but she’s complaining about the weight of her gun. It’s too heavy a burden! So she wants to keep the bullets flying towards the enemy but she doesn’t want the recoil.
It’s too fucking bad, JODINE. Get a fucking clue, JODINE. You’re fucking stupid, JODINE.
The fact of the matter is that Social Security and Medicare are titan-sized welfare programs that these 45+ year old protesters are going to be receiving or are receiving—and these people have the gall to complain that the government is benefiting the poor too much instead of the middle class and rich?
Hello? Cognitive dissonance is at the door for you, JODINE. The very program Jodine wants to keep is the very program that’s going to bankrupt this country. Why are Social Security and Medicare going to bankrupt this country? Because when Jodine and her Tea Party peers born, their parents had gotten so busy they decided to sprout a huge number of little Jodines who would grow up to be too ignorant to realize she’s going to be the burden she wants to protect her children from. She wants the federal government to stop giving so much to the poor and pay more attention to the middle class and rich yet these programs are specifically for people like her.
I wonder if Jodine wants to know what the next Tea Party movement is going to be like. It’s going to be a lot more colorful and just as pissed off. The next Tea Party movement is going to be riddled with Hispanics and blacks since Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic in the country. The next Tea Party movement is going to be Hispanics and blacks who will be complaining that the federal government has taxed them enough—that the federal government should pay more attention to their needs instead of wasting so many of their tax dollars on the old, white, lazy bums on Social Security and Welfare. They’re going to be pissed off that there are so many useless white people in this country living off their paychecks.
This is reality, JODINE. If the Tea Party movement wants to keep Social Security and Medicare around, people like Jodine are going to have to come to terms with the fact they’re taking money off the dinner table of someone else as well. The middle class is taking wealth from the rich; the rich are taking wealth off the poor and middle class—and I’m not talking about just dollars, I’m talking about the wealth of the earth.
If Zernike and Thee-Brenan want to save face after calling Tea Party people more well-educated, they should edit their NYT piece and add the caveat: “more well-educated than shit and spit,” because that’s about as well educated as they are.