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Trump Revives Notorious GOP Dog Whistle in Call for 'Welfare Reform'


#1

Trump Revives Notorious GOP Dog Whistle in Call for 'Welfare Reform'

Jake Johnson, staff writer

Like Reagan and Clinton before him, Trump is deploying the infamous "welfare queen" myth to justify shredding the safety net


#2

So said the sexual preditor-in-chief posing as “Christian” values’ defender. Isn’t it time for you, Mr. President, to actually get acquainted with the Christian ideas as spelled out in the Sermon on the Mountain? And the works of Mercy, no?

It might also be a good idea to reconsider such financial inequality that overpays CEOs and underpays, if at all, the vast majority of Americans making “charity” by uncharitable people a necessity. And as far as alluding to the racist trope of black “welfare queens”, have you forgotten something?? Black folks are due reparations from you rapacious capitalists for the years of free labor to enrich your ilk.


#3

Yeah, that notorious GOP Dog Whistle that was a crowning achievement of the Clinton years… It’s time to accept that we do not support the policies of the Democrats and Republicans for the last 37 years, and formed a party to represent the interests of We the People.


#4

Just for context, it’s useful to remember that welfare reform was something Americans wanted by large majorities. Just read polls at the time. Right or wrong (mostly the latter), Americans wanted work requirements for recipients of federal aid. Clinton vetoed the first two iterations of it, but went with the third after Medicaid was decoupled from it and some other changes were made.

Would Clinton have won reelection if he hadn’t signed it? I don’t know, maybe. But there’s little doubt the shape of it would have been much worse had a Republican president won and signed it, coming off twelve years of Republican rule in the White House and, finally from their perspective, complete control of Congress.

Trump just wants to do what Gingrich originally wanted to do, block grant Medicaid and make benefits less generous. Gotta make room for tax cuts!


#5

That’s a great argument to present to the FEC. Meanwhile, the White Supremacist-in-Chief is trying to start a very real race war. He’s off his rocker completely but his base loves it. FYI- They’re off their rockers, as well. A marriage made in heaven, as it were.:wink::wink::wink:


#6

I have every reason to disbelieve our president has any intention of doing anything to slow the welfare hemorrhage the new welfare queens are enjoying. With names like Exon and General Electric all DT is likely to ask is if they need more.


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In one of his first speeches as president, Trump asserted that the American welfare system is “out of control,” and that people on welfare need to get “back to work”—despite the fact that most welfare recipients already have jobs.

Yet not a single word on corporate welfare! Let this be our lesson for the day: The state (government) exists to serve and protect the capital and private property of the ruling elites … not to improve the lives and living standards for the working class!

Corporate Welfare Grows to $154 Billion even in Midst of Major Government Cuts


#8

The biggest “Welfare Queens” are the Oil and Gas Industry.

And, that would mean, the Koch Brothers are the two of the most Flaming Queens around.


#9

I don’t recall wanting it. I remember all the comparisons between corporate welfare and citizen welfare made back then. Of course now corporate welfare is pretty much the US budget, and remaining unmet policy objectives of both parties.


#10

I guess the Democrats shouldn’t have focussed so intently on mischaracterizing Bernie Sanders’ proven lifetime commitment to racial equality to foist a welfare opponent from the 90’s on us. Without the DNC’s help in mobilizing their friends to build up Trump as an easy opponent, for their preferred serial loser, Hillary could have lost to a different opponent.


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Totalitarian corporatists are cunning beasts who realize insecure people with no social safety net will work for peanuts slopping the hogs.

Take away all security and common peasants will say; “Yes, master.”


#12

You ignore the point of civilian mind management by a CIA that funds just about every cultural magazine on Earth.


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Don’t add to the myth folk old Bubba did the same tactic with the Sister Soljah moment: SEE hiphopandpolitics.com/
One reason why I didn’t want the Clinton’s any where near the white house again. We screwed the pooch by nominating that infamous duo. How bad of a candidate do you have to be to loose to a 6’2" idiot with a funny? hair do? And, too, we have to fix our election system. Trump lost the popular vote by 10.6 million. We can complain all we want about the Russians are coming, we get what we deserve, Fox and Breitbart.


#14

Trump did not lose the popular vote by 10.6 million. It was more like 2.5 million. That is still a lot and far more than any other president who won in the electoral college but lost the popular vote. The margin of the popular vote would have probably been much greater without Russian interference. Only recently are learning about how they used social media ads from phony accounts to help Trump.


#15

“People are taking advantage of the system and then other people aren’t receiving what they really need to live and we think it is very unfair to them,”

Actually that is very true. How much have the Wall St. bankers received from the government? How much are the fossil fuel industries getting in government subsidies? How much have the Fortune 500 corporations been paying in income taxes? After a disaster, which part of town gets the first responders and rebuilt and which part of town gets nothing? The list goes on and on.


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In the twisted political rhetoric unfurled over the decades, welfare queens ripping off the system can actually be found somewhere sometimes. Because of this, the statement can be defended as accurate, since two or more queens actually existing is undeniably true. The communication presses all the buttons of racism, ignorance, extremism and brutal economic religiosity to ensure party support. But detailed evidence is never provided while public necessity is imposed.
No comprehensive evidence is available. Accountable, transparent evidence will not be explained to the public. No requirement exists for politicians to present accurate information or receive severe legal censure. "Leaders’ lie with impunity decade after decade. Yet their rule continues. Systematized criminality is dressed up as democracy. We are administered by the decepticons.

While attacking welfare queens, the declaration of state war on the indigent is perpetrated negligently and malevolently, making millions of people trying to survive the enemy. The multitude of working poor, obediently serving the ideology they did not invent, explodes the claims of ‘necessity’ in welfare reforms. The poor perform their functions in a dominating economic system - then are made fools and targets performing their social obligations of working poor, being unemployed, sick or aged, all ‘necessitated’ by a minority fabricated economic mythology unfolding as designed.
So while welfare queens exist and do not exist as narrated by the Orange Idiot, he merely furthers the lies, racism, and aggressive economic domination that is an American tradition. Starvation and suffering is good just as greed is good. Unaccountable rulers are to be revered and obeyed. Partisan lying is good and necessary.The poor and welfare recipients deserve even less than they now have. Those with a lot deserve much much more. No data is required to enforce submission to this extremist ideology. Jesus said this is so.

While welfare queen rhetoric is both true, false, and impenetrable, what is undeniably true is that these social fabrications are false, for governance that is anti democratic, authoritarian and secretive is automatically derelict. Any government that refuses full access to information while imposing poverty and suffering is de facto corrupted. Elected representatives who don’t read legislation, spending more time on fundraising than representing constituents, who can’t be removed from office due to historically enforced elitism, who spout the vicious, irrational, anti human filth now normalized as the American tradition, fully document the societal insanity now prevailing as “God bless America”, ‘justice’ and ‘democracy’.
I guess a society ruled by dog whistles behaves like dogs - or much worse.


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Half the story Trump= 62,984,825 Clinton= 65,853,516 Johnson, Stein and other 6,881,235. Most of the spoilers would have gone to Clinton’s. Do the math. and don’t tell half the story. The Social media story is a cover for the fact that our election system is flawed. It is arcane and and full of historical junk. Read it.
TALK ABOUT CONVALUTED

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.

The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately choose by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner choose the President. But in choosing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representatives from each State having one Vote; a quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall choose from them by Ballot the Vice-President.

The Congress may determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.


#18

Good article! Should be a "must read."
Thanks for the link!
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#19

Proof positive they know their plans will only INCREASE POVERTY. If tax cuts for the rich worked as they say the job growth alone would solve this.


#20

Lots of people at the time were actually quite outraged at Clinton’s signature of the welfare bill. I think a 1997 article by a Clinton appointee who resigned in protest, published in 1997, should set the record straight on this matter. The article, titled “The Worst Thing Bill Clinton Has Done”, refutes the excuses that have been made to justify Clinton’s odious decision to sign that bill into law. As the author, Peter Edelman, pointed out, “At the time, there was polling data in front of him showing that very few people were likely to change their intended vote in either direction if he vetoed the bill.” The problem was that Clinton had been pledging to “end welfare as we know it” for some time, and this bill was quite consistent with his neoliberal agenda. This article is available online and is worth checking out.

It is also worth pointing out that Clinton was planning on gutting social security by privatizing it in his second term, but the Lewinsky scandal derailed that effort. This also was part and parcel of Clintonian neoliberalism…So I think we need to avoid making excuses for Clinton here. What he did was horrific and it had terrible real life consequences for many of the most vulnerable Americans. He was on the wrong side of history and should be judged accordingly.