The whole “looters verses producers” narrative is one that the wealthy have used to frame the “battle” of capitalism against socialism for a long time. After all, it’s not like “he who does not work, neither shall he eat” was communist a slogan or anything.
However, as the wealthy have found themselves more embattled — and the middle class that up to this point defended them from people like me shrunk into nonexistence — they’ve supercharged the rhetoric. And Fox News pundits gave a demonstration of that when they blasted a father who used government programs to feed his family as a “looter.”
“Angry in 2016”
One thing Republicans have never been able to wrap their heads around is that they aren’t the only people who pay taxes. They like to think they are. They like to think they’re the only people who work, but nothing could be further from the truth.
This notion — that they’re the only ones paying taxes — leads to all sorts of weirdness. For instance, a video that went viral just recently in which a woman shopping at Walmart berates a man for using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at the check out.
The woman, who is clearly one of those delusional conservatives who is convinced nobody else in the world pays taxes except for her, tells the man that “you’re not providing for it, I am” and that “the government is. They take it out of my check, bullsh*t they don’t.”
She then gets a shot off at Sanders, saying “I’m not a bleeding heart f*cking liberal” and that the man must be a “Bernie supporter.”
The man makes it clear that he works 60 hours a week and still isn’t making enough, but that’s not enough for the woman, who continues swearing at him:
This video wound up as a feature of discussion on Fox News over the weekend, with predictable results.
Eric Bolling, hosting the panel, started things off by wondering if the father using food stamps was “why voters are so angry in 2016.”
Hedge fund manager Jonathan Hoenig agreed, saying he was “proud” of the woman:
I’m proud of this woman. This is the producers and the looters. And you know what, she’s absolutely right. You have every right to keep every cent of your money.
You know, I hate having my wealth redistributed for special political favors. Is Trump going to be against these types of issues? I hope so.
It’s not your money, though. You can go to jail for defacing a U.S. dollar. That people like Hoenig have an understanding of property rights on par with a 5-year-old or a Libertarian (but I needlessly repeat myself) doesn’t change that actual property law is more complicated than, “I own this, therefore, I can do whatever I want to with it.”
What I really love about this is that Hoenig is a hedge fund manager. Hedge fund managers are not producers. It’s not like he’s making the computer you’re reading this on — that’d be the wage slaves in Asia. It’s not like he’s out there breaking his back to pick food — that’d be the immigrants Republicans want to deport. He’s not slaving over a hot grill to get your sandwich out quickly so you can get to work on time — those are fast food workers this guy probably supports paying shit wages to. Instead, he helps people make money off the back of those workers, and is the quintessential class of bourgeois that Lenin targeted with the slogan, “he who does not work, neither shall he eat.”
I’m not sure what the father’s job was, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t “hedge fund manager.”
The absolute least guys like this can do is pay taxes so they can put back into the society they take advantage of, since they produce nothing. And yet, here he is, whining about it. If anyone — anyone at all — can be considered a “looter,” it’s this guy.
Joining Hoenig was Tea Party talk show host Gina Loudon, who accused the Democrats of “plantation politics” by supporting food assistance programs:
This is the kind of program that is outside the purview and the scope that government was ever intended to be. This guy should be getting help from a church or a charity or his family or his friends or his neighbors, not from government.
Because government then uses those handouts to enslave people.
If churches were willing to help with poverty, there’s no time like the present. They’re tax free, so all of the income they get they keep. If churches and charities were truly as efficient as these delusional, hateful, petty tools want to believe they are, then poverty wouldn’t exist. There’s a church on every corner in America. Some of these churches turn profits comparable with corporations, completely tax free.
Why is there still poverty? It’s certainly not because the government is in the way — unless there’s a Republican administration that hinders the process by, say, criminalizing homelessness or cutting government assistance.
Watch the video below via Raw Story:
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