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To Republicans, a “moderate” is anyone who is less mean-spirited, less deceptive, and importantly, less unelectable than Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
Apparently, John Kasich is the right wing’s best alternative to those two luminaries.
In a recent post, “Do you really know John Kasich, the moderate republican?”, we showed you what Kasich really stands for.
Here’s a bit more on Kasich:
The controversial reason tens of thousands of people just lost their food stamps
By Max Ehrenfreund and Roberto A. Ferdman
As many as 1 million Americans will stop receiving food stamps over the course of this year beginning on Friday, the consequence of a controversial work mandate that has been reinstated in 22 states as the economy improves.
The 20-year-old rule — which was suspended in many states during the economic recession — requires that adults without children or disabilities must have a job in order to receive food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for more than three months, with some exceptions.
Many states have begun to reimpose the federal rule as the economy recovers, with the largest group reviving it at the beginning of this year. As a result, many recipients’ three-month limit expires today, April 1.
Not just the rich, but many (most?) of those above the poverty line subscribe to the myth that the poor are lazy, good-for-nothings, who would rather receive a tiny stipend from the government and live in poverty and misery, than work.
The false stereotype is of “welfare mamas,” black women, with no husbands, who sell food stamps for drugs and who have no desire to lift themselves out of their miserable existence.
Apparently, Kasich subscribes to this false stereotype, or if he doesn’t personally, he believes the Republican voters do.
So he cynically punishes the poor and helpless to demonstrate how strict he is with the “useless” dregs of our society — and to gain votes from the misery of the powerless.
The change has reignited a fierce debate between conservative leaders, who say waiving the mandate discourages people from working, and their liberal counterparts, who say the three-month time limit ignores the reality that jobs are still hard to come by for low-skilled workers.
Kasich’s wants you to believe the cure for unemployment is to punish the unemployed. Blaming the victim is a favorite tactic of the persecutor.
Kasich, who helped author the work requirement as a U.S. congressman in 1996, is among the conservative politicians arguing that able-bodied adults should not receive SNAP benefits if they are not working.
A spokesman for Kasich, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, said reinstating the requirement would prod people to seek work in the improving economy.
You see, people, like cattle need to be prodded to better themselves. Not all people — not people like “us.” Just people like “them,” who prefer the hardscrabble life of joyless poverty than actually working.
“These are, again, adults — no dependents, physically and mentally capable of working,” said Rob Nichols, a spokesman for Kasich’s presidential campaign, in a recent interview. “Just as much as we believe in the social safety net, we also believe it’s a sin not to help oneself.”
To Kasich, not being able to find a job is a “sin.” (Why are Republicans so frantic about “sin”? The unemployed are “sinners.” Abortion is a “sin.” Undocumented immigrants are “sinners.” Gays are “sinners.” Medical marijuana is a “sin.” Teaching evolution is a sin. Flag burning is a “sin.” Research on embryos is a “sin.” Could it be they doth protest too much?)
Punishing the poor and helpless is the real sin.
The single biggest problem in America is the widening Gap between the rich and the rest. There are two ways to address problems: With a closed fist or a helping hand.
Kasich has chosen the closed fist, which history demonstrates, seldom works, (as witness the failed “War on Drugs.”)
Punishing the poor will not reduce the number of poor, nor will it close the Gap between the rich and the rest. With the initiation of the Ten Steps to Prosperity (below), the poor will demonstrate they are real people, just like us — people who have hopes and ambitions and just need a helping hand.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually Click here
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)
10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)
The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.
10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt
THE RECESSION CLOCK
Recessions begin an average of 2 years after the blue line first dips below zero. A common phenomenon is for the line briefly to dip below zero, then rise above zero, before falling dramatically below zero. There was a brief dip below zero in 2015, followed by another dip – the familiar pre-recession pattern.
Recessions are cured by a rising red line.
Vertical gray bars mark recessions.
As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.
•Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes..
•No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth.
•Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
•A growing economy requires a growing supply of money (GDP = Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
•Deficit spending grows the supply of money
•The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
•The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.
•Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.
•The single most important problem in economics is the Gap between rich and the rest..
•Austerity is the government’s method for widening the Gap between rich and poor.
•Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..