Tag Archives: class wars

I Don’t Get It

10 Feb

Just…wut? I can’t put my finger on why right this second, but this column gives me the serious creeps. Part of it is probably the fact that he talks about “Sugar Bear’s” mother being a “mentally ill prostitute” when she was a victim of incest–er, oh, sorry, I mean “having had a sexual relationship” with her father.  Actually, maybe that’s exactly the reason, though I’m sure I will realize there are more once I recover from the effects of the cider I’ve consumed.

George Will is a creepy ass creepy creeper creep. Ew.

Yglesias Needs to Stop Hanging Out With Megan McCardle

16 Nov

Food policy douchebaggery seems to be contagious.

After he is informed that a tablespoon of pizza sauce is not, in fact, “servings” of vegetables, Yglesias then asks “Why don’t they just put more sauce on it?” Um, because there would need to be a half-cup of sauce, and the food industry said that would be gross. (Actually, I think we’d all agree that would be gross). Do you even know what you’re talking about, asshole? Uniformed spouting off: not just for conservatives!

I’m confused as to why a supposed progressive would be so contrarian about policies intended to make sure that kids get the best nutrition possible. School lunches may be the only source of vegetables that poor kids get in a day, unless the dried garlic crystals in ramen seasoning packs count as vegetables, too. What kind of idiot thinks a diet of cheap processed food provides adequate nutrition for growing children?

Ah. I see.

FYIGM

9 Nov

I’ve seen brief discussions of the huge gap in wealth between young and old at a couple of other blogs, but I thought I’d weigh in because I Write Shit Sometimes. Occasionally.

As a cusp-y Gen Xer and politically-aware pessimist, I’ve been aware for some time that the traditional American Dream was probably going to be unachievable for me, even though I’m middle class and white. I figured that if people ten years older than me were being called “slackers” because they weren’t going to be as financially successful as their parents, the “you’re fucked” ball was already rolling and it was going to be difficult to stop, especially since demographics aren’t on our side.  What infuriates me is that people my age and younger have had FUCK ALL TO DO WITH creating the  policies and economic conditions that have created such a large wealth gap between younger and older people.

People 65 and older established their careers and bought homes during times when pensions, strong unions, cheap higher education, and affordable housing actually existed. These same people (along with Baby Boomers*) elected Ronald Reagan the year that I was born, setting off a cascade of lower taxes and deregulation, effectively destroying the conditions that allowed them to obtain steady jobs with living wages at the beginning of their careers. They reaped all of the benefits of lower taxes without any of the risks.

Now that they’re older, they still support “small government” and the “free market” and lower taxes EXCEPT when it comes to Medicare and Social Security. I’m anti-throwing Granny out on the street (I love my granny!), but that level of self-absorption is fucking breathtaking, especially when we’re being told to suck it up and pull ourselves up by our bootstraps.**

I don’t dispute that older people have worked hard for what they have. I don’t feel entitled to anything. I don’t envy their wealth. I do, however, envy their opportunities–opportunities that aren’t available to me, my cousins, my brothers, and my friends because of the shithole banana repbulic they’ve helped to create.

 

*I have quite a bit resentment towards Baby Boomers, too (take up all the cultural air much, fuckers?), but at least they aren’t content to let the world burn and they do let us live in their basements.

**Some of the comments on the stories I’ve read are typical conservative kids get off my lawn bullshit, but my favorite was something about how we shouldn’t have bought designer sneakers and McMansions. Anecdote ain’t data, but I can say confidently that I don’t know anyone with a designer sneaker collection. Also, despite being well out of college and acquainted mostly with people from areas where housing is relatively cheap, I know hardly anybody my age who owns their own home, much less a fucking McMansion. Most of them do have color TVs and cell phones, though, and may occasionally eat t-bone steaks.

So Stoked

17 Sep

So far, Elizabeth Warren seems to have flown under the wingnut radar fairly well despite the fact that she was accused of being a liar on the House floor a few months ago and clearly had/has a lot more influence than Francis Fox Piven. But I think that’s going to change. While Scott Brown has been a disappointment to wingnuts, I think they’ll be eager to protect his seat, especially from a staunch working/middle class rights advocate like Warren. She is not afraid of speaking some ugly truths about our economy and society, which terrifies them. (The dumb ones hate to see their reality shaken, and the smart ones know that a pissed off, informed electorate is dangerous to the right wing). Anyway, is it wrong that I’m looking forward to seeing how the wingnut bloggers lose their shit once they find out more about her?

Read This

6 Aug

Shock Doctrine and the Debt Limit.

Via naked capitalism.

Not sure why I didn’t think of this fiasco as shock doctrine before, but it makes sense. I will say that I’m not quite sure it worked, given the fact that the stock market, um, tanked when the deal finally went through. Maybe investors are finally figuring out that you can’t have a vibrant economy without a vibrant middle class? I’m not holding my fucking breath.

 

 

GAAAAAAAAAAHAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRG!

2 Aug

Teabaggers are such stupid-ass ignorant mendacious douchebags. My favorite (and by “favorite,” I mean “causes me to raise my voice about 6 octaves and yell incoherently”) is when they whine about being called names.

Jesus help me. I wish I were to the point where I didn’t give a fuck and just thought it was funny.

Wha?

1 Aug

I need to do more reading to make a definite decision about the debt ceiling compromise,  but one of the arguments I’m seeing around the lefty blogs that are in support of it is that the Medicare trigger is “just” directed at the providers, so we shouldn’t worry. (Or even that this is a victory for Democrats because doctors, drug companies, and hospitals tend to donate toward the Republican party more often).

Um…guys…what do you think will happen when providers aren’t paid? Especially in underserved areas where a larger portion of the population is poor and/or elderly? Some hospitals rely on Medicare to keep their doors open, as do nursing homes. For many providers, it’s not that they are being greedy and refusing to operate without federal funding; it’s that they *can’t.*

Undoubtedly, the Medicare payment system needs reforming, but sudden, unplanned cuts and caps to providers will result in Medicare patients receiving less care and lower-quality care and, most likely, would lead to an increase in the cost of health care for the rest of us. I could be wrong, but that doesn’t sound like a Democratic victory to me.

Fuckheads

26 Jul

I keep hoping that the Republicans’ reach will exceed their grasp before they completely destroy this country. A girl can dream, can’t she?

Moochers

24 Jul

John Galt wants his 82 cents back, bitch!

Dear America

22 Jul

If you haven’t been paying attention (and we know you haven’t), I’d like to inform you that your political system is completely, totally fucked.

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