moments like this I would love to be a reporter again
to stick a microphone in front of Paul Ryan to ask
him if he supports this kind of thing.
and then I come across an item that jumps off the
page and smacks me. Hereís an example from the New
York Times: Catfish Farmers Fight Fish Glut and High Feed Prices. That
was the headline. What was startling was that the
federal government, the same evil, bloated, tax-and-spend,
support-the-welfare-bums entity that Republicans are
trying so hard to kill off, is bailing out catfish
farmers by buying ten million dollars worth of frozen
catfish. Thatís about three million pounds, in case
farmers being bailed out, if I may use that term,
are in the poorest counties of Alabama and Arkansas,
two states that, oddly enough, already get more in
federal aid than they pay in federal taxes, a common
issue, as it turns out, in red states. Blue states
are picking up the tab in many cases. But thatís another
story captures the reverse logic being accepted by
many red state voters who are almost certain to cast
their votes for the farthest right candidate they
can find. Unfortunately for them, theyíre stuck with
Mitt Romney, who only pencils in his politics and
keeps his eraser handy. But he has Paul Ryan over
there way to his right to wave to the folks with the
torches and pitchforks.
a common lament on the left that the ultra-conservative
Republicans have so twisted the political debate that
they have the voters most likely to be hurt by the
Republican agenda staunchly defending it. Working
class Americans who are hanging on by their fingernails,
if at all, are ready to trash the very policies that
are keeping them fed. The Grand Old Party stands ready
to drop food aid, health aid, rent aid, and everything
else in its bottom-up plan to aid the rich. How do
the working people of the South support these schemes?
the catfish aid. At moments like this I would love
to be a reporter again to stick a microphone in front
of Paul Ryan to ask him if he supports this kind of
thing. The catfish farmers are facing two problems:
Rising costs and competition from overseas. The Times
quotes one of them as saying it costs him seventy-five
cents to produce a pound of catfish. Frankly, I have
no idea what that means, but itís important to this
fellow and is, apparently, important enough to the
federal government to step in.
And so federal
aid from evil Washington will find its way to the
ponds of Alabama and Arkansas and into the hands of
people who hate the federal government and all it
stands for. They will march to the polls in November
and vote against their own interests. They will pass
along the lies and half-truths that constitute the
Republican campaign and blame all of their problems
on Barack Obama and those damned liberals.
cash the government check.
hearts, as they say down in Dixie.
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