Yesterday, I found myself asking “why do you do this? You will never change their hearts & minds.” I asked this of myself in regards to a Facebook (FB) post regarding our “esteemed” governor Rick Scott & his “genius”plan to require drug testing for ALL welfare recipients. Testing that is expensive, testing that the applicants will have to pay for out of pocket and hope to be reimbursed within a reasonable time. A laughable idea, when have you known the government to be timely on anything?!? (http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/06/01/florida.welfare.drug.testing/)
To me the only reason for this inane law is for his holiness, “the people of FL work for me”, asshole in chief to further enrich himself at the tax payers expense. You see Scott owns or should I say, until late last year, owned Solantic urgent care centers. In November he transferred ownership to his wife, you know to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. Remember this is the same man whose previous company, Columbia/HCA Hospitals, committed the biggest Medicare fraud in history. (http://www.wusf.usf.edu/news/2010/06/18/whistleblowers_say_rick_scott_knew_about_medicare_fraud)
As usual I digress…As I voiced my dismay over this travesty of a law, I was again amazed by level of ignorance & bigotry out there. What really angered me was this 1980’s Regan myth, throw back attitude of the Cadillac driving welfare queens, the beginning of the attack on the poor. I had naively thought that in the last 30 years we had overcome this sickening & hateful attitude. Not only was this attitude that all welfare recipeints are lazy drug addicts that are milking the system is alive and well but so was the fact that I was just another “bleeding heart liberal” trying to give away our country.
You have to understand I live in South FL, the bastion of Cuban Republicans. How I, myself of Cuban decent, came out an extremely liberal democrat is beyond me. Personally I blame my older brother, but that’s a story for another day. To say it simply, I have to deal with people who believe that Faux News is the gospel of land and it’s beyond maddening. So whenever I see this blatant or willful ignorance from “friends” in the land of FB, it is exasperating. I seem to believe that I can change their thinking by simply presenting a rational, well thought out and, when needed, cited argument. And, every time I am wrong & I cannot believe what I read or the personal attacks. The republican & bagger mentality seem not to know any rational or reasonable thought. They buy into whatever Faux News feeds them. The poor, the unions, the elitist, the liberals are ruining this country and are therefore evil. For example here’s part of the thread:
How to you combat that kind of thinking…”…but for far too long there have been those that milk the system. If you are going to ask for a handout, you should not be strung out while doing so. ” When did we get here?!? Do these people really believe that all welfare recipients are milking the system while strung out on drugs? I have to faith that they are just blindly following the herd.
Here’s another gem:
First off it’s NOT across the board, really Jeff, go read something & educate yourself. And where oh where is the cite for the “Testing for cause is the flawed logic that has been challenged and lost. ” ? But, my favorite is the last sentence “Perhaps if people don’t want to submit to testing they can get off welfare and pull up their boots.” Again there is that attitude of welfare recipients as lazy, living off the government. I tried to point that we really don’t why they are on welfare, the welfare roles have sky rocketed since the start of the recession and have increased in FL by 15%. (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-01-25-welfare-rolls_N.htm). Maybe, just maybe, these people are struggling with unemployment which 12% in FL and/or a foreclosure. And, while some do take advantage, not all take advantage of the system. Additionally, being part of a society, means taking care of those less fortunate than yourself.
here’s my reply:
But as I said earlier, Jeff & Kelli’s “logic” is an attack on the poor. An attack that was started by Regan 30 years ago and is being giddily carried on by the conservatives in our midst but most importantly by the baggers. And this “logic” is something I firmly believe we must all stand up to, make our voices heard, that it is faulty logic.
Of course all this was met with the usual contempt. You’re just a “bleeding heart liberal”
I suppose Jeff that when you cannot win the argument with facts and reason, you must resort to name calling and stereo-typing. It is this thinking that is exasperating, this belief that in order to save our country we must do away with “socialist” programs. We must re-claim our country from the big, bad “socialist” President Obama. This is the war we are fighting, brought to you by the misinformation of Faux News & their ilk. A war on the poor, women, children, elderly, immigrants, the middle class, the public sector employee, african americans, everyone but the top 2%of earners and large corporations. We must speak out every chance we get, we must yell from the roof tops, we must not allow the class & social warfare to continue, even in the land of FB. I guess I just answered my own question “why do you do this? ” Because I can. Because I must. Because we must all save this country from the ignorance that comes with complacency.