It is constantly harped upon that most of those who are out of work are out of work because they're too unmotivated to look for work. Or as Herman Cain so blatantly put it before he was forced out of the race for president because he is a cad: "Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks, if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself!
Yeah, blame the mucous, the scum of the earth, the poor and needy.
Right now John Boehener and the Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives are threatening to give the American people a Christmas gift of sorts by roadblocking the bipartisan Senate payroll tax compromise.
If that Christmas present is delivered, not only will millions of working Americans see their paychecks grow a bit smaller starting January first, but it would put some Medicare recipients in a bind, and cut the long term Unemployment benefits of others.
Frankly, I wasn't crazy about that payroll tax cut to begin with. It helps defund Social Security, which I think is part of the overall scheme to scale back that program and possibly set up another push for its privatization. But since that tax cut was unwisely enacted anyway and the working poor have adjusted their budgets accordingly, it will cause yet another pinch just as we are trying to finally round the corner in this terrible economic downturn.
What will happen to those dependent of their unemployment insurance in order to keep eating doesn't seem to be a concern of conservative politicians. After all, it's their fault they don't have a job. Right?
It is open season on the poor people in this great country of ours. The hunt is being blatantly played out in public. It is Christmas in our nation's capital and those who have spent the year protecting Wall Street and those who worship there are giving the economically challenged one last eye poke before the year ends.
"Jesus is the Reason for the Season" most of them would tell us. Yet his teachings about care for the poor are totally ignored. Also ignored are Jesus' provocative statements about wealth and rich folks.