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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Approximately 6,800 Louisianans who have been out of work for more than six months lost their only income this weekend.

But what’s the state’s governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) worried about?

One Louisiana-based millionaire was temporarily put on vacation from his reality television job because he said that homosexuality is a gateway to bestiality.

When Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson was suspended by A&E, Jindal — a literal Rhodes Scholar who famously said the GOP should not be “the stupid party” — issued a statement that read, “I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment.”

Of course, the First Amendment says nothing about your boss having to put up with you publicly insisting that black people were happier during segregation. But Jindal was siding with the initial interpretation of noted Constitutional scholar Sarah Palin, who later insisted that Robertson was expressing ideas from the Gospels, after admitting that she had not read his comments — or the Gospels, as homosexuality is never mentioned by Jesus and all four accounts of His life.

When A&E shockingly, after airing marathons of Duck Dynasty almost 24 hours a day since the “suspension,” announced Robertson would be returning to the show in 2014, Jindal celebrated.

“Today is a good day for the freedoms of speech and religious liberty,” Jindal said, in another statement he rushed to get out before anyone might leave him out of their story about the reinstatement.


If a Muslim were arguing Christianity leads to bestiality (an equally abhorrent theoretical argument that I’ve never heard advanced by any Muslim) and Jindal had defended him, that would be a victory for free speech and religious liberty. Robertson’s return to television, as Rob Delaney pointed out, was a victory for “bigotry and greed.”

One of the most protected rights in America is the ability to say horrible things about lesbians, gays, transgenders and bisexuals. Need proof? Search the word “f-g” on Twitter, right now. What the critics of the Duck guy were hoping is that it was no longer a position that sponsors of commercial television would want to support with their cold, indifferent, promiscuous money.

Compensation was the issue, of course. Not speech.

Jindal was defending Robertson’s right to be highly compensated despite saying things that not only offend people but contribute to a culture of discrimination and violence against gays and lesbians.

Jindal, however, isn’t speaking out on behalf of his state’s residents who are looking for a job and cannot find one, as everyone on unemployment insurance must do or else be punished, by law. The governor doesn’t seem to care if you’re out of work — unless you lost your job for saying terrible things about gay people.

So I have an idea.

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  • Buford2k11

    I have been trying to communicate the same thing to Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Cruel and Indifferent to Suffering) about the layoffs in his district…No answer yet…

  • daniel bostdorf

    How To Get Republicans To Care About The Unemployed?

    The Libertarian Teaparty/Ayn Rand controlled GOP, with sympathetic elements in the Senate, CANT care about the unemployed and those in poverty surrounded by socio-economic enslavement.

    Clear thinking, compassion and care for those in poverty is against their collective core set of sociopathic, narcissistic “values” that are worded in the guise of trying to save America. The old adage is that when one of its devotees (like Rand Paul) lies….the others will swear to it to be the gospel….

    The fact is that you can’t train the extreme GOP to be compassionate. It is against their nature. There is a collective “group think” that is reinforced by money and political power most notably the Koch brothers and their billionaire sycophants….. It is an evil “cult” based upon cult like principles.

    A classic definition of a cult contains these elements:

    • Veneration of the Leader: Excessive glorification to the point of virtual sainthood or divinity.
    • Inerrancy of the Leader: Belief that he or she cannot be wrong.
    • Omniscience of the Leader: Acceptance of beliefs and pronouncements on virtually all subjects, from the philosophical to the trivial.
    • Persuasive Techniques: Methods used to recruit new followers and reinforce current beliefs.
    • Hidden Agendas: Potential recruits and the public are not given a full disclosure of the true nature of the group’s beliefs and plans.
    • Deceit: Recruits and followers are not told everything about the leader and the group’s inner circle, particularly flaws or potentially embarrassing events or circumstances.
    • Financial and/or Sexual Exploitation: Recruits and followers are persuaded to invest in the group, and the leader may develop sexual relations with one or more of the followers.
    • Absolute Truth: Belief that the leader and/or group has a method of discovering final knowledge on any number of subjects.
    • Absolute Morality: Belief that the leader and/or the group have developed a system of right and wrong thought and action applicable to members and nonmembers alike. Those who strictly follow the moral code may become and remain members, those who do not are dismissed or punished.

    Sound familiar? Of course it does. It is the GOP. It is the Koch brothers and sympathizers….They are waging war on those in poverty.

    I propose that the only way to get the attention of the GOP is to declare that what they are doing is a crime against humanity.

    I realize that this reads as being preposterous….but think about it….

    Pope Francis is essentially saying that allowing human suffering is a crime against humanity.

    The International Law Commission’s Draft Code of Crimes against the Peace and Security of Mankind (1996), Article 18:
“…any of the following acts, when committed in a systematic manner or on a large scale and instigated or directed by a Government or by any organization or group:

    (a) Murder;
(b) Extermination;
(c) Torture;
(d) Enslavement;
(e) Persecution on political, racial, religious or ethnic grounds;
(f) Institutionalized discrimination on racial, ethnic or religious grounds involving the violation of fundamental human rights and freedoms and resulting in seriously disadvantaging a part of the population;
(g) Arbitrary deportation or forcible transfer of population;
(h) Arbitrary imprisonment;
(i) Forced disappearance of persons;
(j) Rape, enforced prostitution and other forms of sexual abuse;
(k) Other inhumane acts which severely damage physical or mental integrity, health or human dignity, such as mutilation and severe bodily harm.”

    Nelson Mandela also states:

    ““Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. ”

    If the collective actions of the Teaparty/GOP result in those in poverty experiencing in some degree any of the above….then the American people must rise up against “crimes against the poor and those in poverty.”

    And finally, Dr. Martin Luther King from 1967–yes 1967:

    “The contemporary tendency in our society is to base our distribution on scarcity, which has vanished, and to compress our abundance into the overfed mouths of the middle and upper classes until they gag with superfluity. If democracy is to have breadth of meaning, it is necessary to adjust this inequity. It is not only moral, but it is also intelligent. We are wasting and degrading human life by clinging to archaic thinking….curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty.”

    How To Get Republicans To Care About The Unemployed?

    Force them to live on $24,000 a year.

    • Bowlerboy


      Unfortunately, I do not think that there is any way you can get a group of people as unenlightened as those who spout the socially destructive dogmas of the current Republican party cult to care about the unemployed, the homeless, the poor, and the suffering masses of their fellow citizens.

      I despair at the insight, but the more I observe the intransigence, the cold logic, and the lack of empathy among those who rationalize their viewpoint, the more convinced I become that it is virtually impossible to penetrate the psychological armor plating protecting their miscreant brains and their self-centered hearts from any intellectual influences that could undermine their carefully constructed, but frail, egos to shatter into the tiny fragments of their irreconcilable souls.

      The essence of the problem, I think, is grounded much closer in the religious sphere, or in the sphere of ideological belief systems, than it is in the economic realm, although the nexus where the two domains intersect forms a psychological–and perhaps physiological–traffic jam within the core of such people that makes it impossible for them to rationally process the same set of factual data which any heathy, sane, humanistically inclined individual can analyze in order to arrive at a mutually agreeable interpretation of the problem, along with a solution based on justice for all.

      The reason why such miscreants in the general population, as well as in our do-nothing Congress, cannot arrive at the same conclusions as those who are blessed with a more open, more generous, more liberal frame of mind is not merely because they are too stupid, or too ignorant, although those are excellent–if pejorative–shorthand terms for the status of their evolution. The blockage goes much deeper than that. The problem lies in the value system which forms the foundation and structure for how they think.

      Without lapsing into a long essay which goes far beyond the scope of the typical 144-character opinion pieces that clutter up such threads like these, let me just mention that the only way to get people who hold a different point of view is to understand why they do so. Then, if, and only if, common ground can be found between the opposing viewpoints, can some sort of compromise be achieved. That is fundamental. However, since so many people are so righteous about their viewpoints, they cannot see value in the others’ perspective, even if it is superior when seen from the broadest perspective, because they are too afraid if abandoning their long-held, cherished beliefs, even if those beliefs do not serve them well at all.

      To leap far ahead and be much more Twitteriific specific, it occurs to me that the prime reason why Republican types cannot allow themselves to care about the plight of the poor, the homeless, and the unemployed is that, in essence, they have been so indoctrinated with the core belief system of the Calvinist philosophical ideas of pre-destination and wealth as a sign from ‘God’ that they are among the elite to be guaranteed a place in an abundant afterlife. In his brilliant analysis written at the beginning of the 20th century, Max Weber exposed this incipient cultural disease in The Protestant Ethic and The Spirit of Capitalism. Read it, or at least check it out a summary at Wikipedia.

      When I apply the insights provided by Max Weber to the current social and political chaos occurring in America, I get no solace or comfort from realizing why it is so damn frustrating and virtually impossible to communicate with Republican types who blithely pass legislation that condemns their neighbors to suffer through lives of despair and suffering. I hate them for being that way. And, while I do not condone their behavior, I do come to understand their fears, their greed, and their perverse irrationality.

      Unfortunately, our Republican neighbors view wealth in this world as a sign of being elected for salvation in the next. Since everything is pre-determined by a supreme being who made such choices, to be poor–in their infantile minds–is to be condemned by this god. Charity towards others must be avoided in this schema, for it will only lead to beggary. Hard work is to be praised, for it leads to a greater accumulation of wealth, which is to be revered in and of itself as an absolute good, as well as a confirmation that one is among those chosen by this highly capitalistic god.

      When one considers that greed is not confined merely to the physical, temporal world. Greed also continues throughout time into the concept of the afterlife. And when one considers that, in the Age of Reformation, when the dominant (and domineering) religion of the era–a Roman Catholicism–collapsed due to its own internal greed, as manifested in the Indulgences scam of the day, the faithful no longer had any assurances of happiness in an afterlife if they only followed the rules and dogma of a Holy Mother a Church, it was investable that a new religion, a new ideological belief system, had to supplant the old one.

      (Man has always created god in his own image to suit his own emotional needs, as Robert Wright brilliantly points out in his book, The Evolution of God. But that is a separate, though related, discussion.)

      As the Protestant theologians fought among themselves for the next few centuries to see whose revisionist ideas about god and man and man’s relationship to this newly defined god ought to become preeminent, the philosophy espoused by one John Calvin laid out the rationale for living a life of unbridled greed, fueled by extreme selfishness, motivated by an obsession to live well not only in this life but in the life to come, and guaranteed by an insurance policy linked only to the size of one’s bank account. In the sight of this god, to be rich meant to be good. To be poor meant that you were condemned by his same god to suffer not only in this world, but also in the next one. Predestination was built into this Calvinist scheme in order to take all the guesswork out, and so that all the players would know which clubs they were entitled to join and which they were not.

      Such was the nature of this god’s mercy, so crystalline pure was its message. Have you guessed its name yet? Of course, you have. It’s called capitalism. It is not merely an economic system, although most would have you believe that deception. At its core, capitalism is a religious system based upon no other value but money. Its Ten Commandments are the economic rules and regulations that govern how transactions shall take place between its followers. And its budgetary proceedings in Congress are little else but conferences by its high priests to determine, in accordance with strict, if unconsciously understood, precepts of Election who shall thrive and who shall shrivel.

      This is why the only thing that Republicans of all stripes can talk about is the budget. This is why, in their scared, little corrupt minds, everything boils down to money. This is also shy, sadly, a Republicans will never be able to care for the plight of the poor, the homeless, and the unemployed. For them, it is a moral issue. And since their sense of morality is ultimately and exclusively viewed through the narrow lens of a Calvinistic philosophy, they conflate wealth with goodness, poverty with evil, and charity to be avoided at all costs, unless they can derive a distinct economic gain by pretending to be generous.

  • The only way to get Republicans to care about the unemployed is to get Democrats to start reciting the old G.O.P. rhetoric.

    That’s what ultimately motivates everything the G.O.P. does: Politics. If you’re a likely Republican, they love you, coddle you and want you to think it’s your God-given right to be as big of a moocher and/or prick that you want. But if there’s even a small chance that you might be a Democrat, you’re the enemy and they will do everything in their power to try to ruin you as much as possible.

    That is why Jindal doesn’t care about the 6,800 long-term unemployed in his state: He thinks they’re all Democrats.

    • daniel bostdorf

      I generally agree, especially about Jindal and those that think like him…. but the dominant “group think” of GOP “leadership” will ignore conventional political solutions and tactics…. The GOP simply cannot reach across the isle to compromise which is the definition of politics: the art of compromise.

      This has been proven by the GOP/Teaparty/libertarian led shut down of government this past year. And proven by doing nothing for those in poverty, and renewing unemployment benefits…..

      I believe that harsh verbal criticism by both democrats and moderate Republicans of the fascistic group think that is controlling the GOP is the only way to reach a pressure point with GOP leadership and Teaparty.

      A national campaign both grass roots and other must engage the American people with pointing out facts from GOP fiction and fascism…AND….discredit those who are in the group think that is causing this mess.

      We also need a national media to ferret out facts from GOP propaganda and report clearly the facts….not Karl Rove talking points paid by Koch brothers.

      As I stated below: “Clear thinking, compassion and care for those in poverty is against their (GOP) collective core set of sociopathic, narcissistic “values” that
      are worded in the guise of trying to save America. ”

      How To Get Republicans To Care About The Unemployed?
      Force them (and Jindal) to live on $24,000 a year.

      • charleo1

        You’re absolutely spot on about the propaganda. Which the press
        allows them to get away with. Which should put into play some healthy skepticism of that corporatized institution, and their interests, and agenda beyond simply informing the pubic, or being the public’s
        eyes, and ears. Both of which, they do precious little of, if you ask
        me. The Republicans are now being allowed to incorrectly couch
        extending benefits to the long term unemployed, as costing 25
        billion, over the next year. And demanding offsets in that amount
        from, “other,” programs. Ostensively, this money would come from other programs alright. Other programs, that are no doubt helping support other services that are helping the poor, or Veterans, school lunches. Or, maybe, taking another half a million kids off the head start program, while insisting the Mother of three, get up off her ass, and get a job. Then, turn half her paltry earnings over to a day care provider. Anywhere, God forbid, but the hundreds of billions in corporate profits, they’d probably allow their own Mothers starve, before they’d agree to tax a penny of it. It’s obscene, is what it is. The fact of the matter is, the 25 billion put into the hands of the people who need it most, is actually it’s own offset. And would be returned in the form of taxes generated by the increase of economic activity the infusion of cash would create. As it would allow people in these serious financial fixes, to keep their phones working, and their cars from being repossessed. So, frankly the GOP as usual, is being willfully stupid. And Americans are being needlessly hurt.

        • daniel bostdorf

          The offset is simple:

          DON’T build 25 billion dollars worth of “GOP House military industrial complex” projects or unnecessary weapons and aircraft. Conventional war and weapons are obsolete against terrorist cell groups….like the Teaparty. 🙂

          • stcroixcarp

            Another offset: Don’t give oil companies their subsidies, or city folk farmers their farm subsidies, or congress their travel expenses.

  • charleo1

    Something has ravaged Conservative’s inner thought processes, rendering them
    unable to see, or empathize with anyone’s plight, or point of view, outside of their
    own experiences. This is very serious, widespread, and someone needs to do a
    study. As this mysterious malady seems to be spreading now to Democrats. And
    the results have so far, been devastating. As I’m writing, the only known, “cure,”
    has been those rare instances where well known Conservatives have one or more
    of their own Party’s wrongheaded, and discriminatory policies fall squarely on the head of one of them, or their children. Who may for example, admit to them that
    they are indeed Gay. It is then, when the Conservative, no longer emotionally
    crippled by their deficit of empathy. Will often exhibit a remarkable, and seemingly heartfelt turnaround. Rejecting outright those policies which less than a fortnight
    ago, they had held out as a lifelong, rock solid principal. So, if the issue is the GOP’s
    lack of empathy for the unemployed. Until further research can be done, I can see no other alternative but to put these same lawmakers in the National unemployment line, along with the other 1.3 million.Then, promptly cut off their nuts. Er,…I mean, unemployment benefits.

    • daniel bostdorf

      very nicely stated.

    • Jane Caspar

      I think that a lot of people who rant against gay people don’t know any and don’t recognize that a person is gay unless he goes swishing down the street with a feather boa. Again I think the same type person thinks of an unemployed person as a loutish slacker, not an unfortunate who has fallen on bad times. Down with stereotypes of all sorts!

      • charleo1

        Yes, by all means, let’s let go of all these stereotypes. First, they are vestiges from a less enlightened past. That included the institution of slavery, the denial of equal Constitutional Rights to women, the unfair segregation of our schools, our military. And by these same divisive prejudges, built upon these very stereotypes, even went so far as to prohibit the personal, and sacred vows between two individuals, both alleged, and judged by our Constitution, in every way to be looked upon by the law, with equality. Yet, were denied the pursuit of their fulfillment, if that path crossed a racial line, that same Constitution so duly amended, did no longer permit to exist. To my thinking, the 8 wisest words contained in our Constitution are, “In order to form a more perfect union…” Which allows us to be wrong, and by the same document, allows us to grow, to change, and become a better Nation. It’s what challenges us to become a greater people, by living up to the
        democratic ideals it espouses.

        • Jane Caspar

          Yes! Growth and change in changing circumstances are necessary for a healthy society. Stagnation and a fundamentalist mindset lead to inequity.

  • leadvillexp

    I am a Republican and I do care about the unemployed. Some may need the extended unemployment benifits. I left school in the tenth grade. I have never been unemployed. I am now 62 years old. I consider myself middle class. I retired from my job and now choose jobs I wish to work at. The point I am trying to make is I still work and have no trouble finding it. The work is out there if you are willing to leave status out of it. I have gone from bathroom cleaner, to a superintendent, to a bus cleaner and an electrician and plumber. I have been a worker then a supervisor and back to a worker. If you relly want to work it is there. No excuses accepeted.

    • Raylusk

      No that is not true. It’s not like when you were young. Yes you can find side jobs if you have the right training and skills. Electrician and Plumber are good ones. Now quit with your absolutes.

      • leadvillexp

        It is true. It’s not like when I was young. Times change but the fact remains it is true, I have good friends that are smarter than me and they sweep streets with a broom. These are my good friends. Yes I was lucky to go back to school and get the skills to become an electrian and plumber but before that I still kept a job,. My friends have a job and aren’t on unemployment. Some need it but that is a small group of people and they should have the public support. The others don’t need it. They need to go get a lower paying job and get to work until they can find a job of their skills.

        • Raylusk

          No again it is not true. I deal in facts not someone’s personal experience. The real fact is that there are three times more people looking for work then there are jobs available. That is a real fact that cannot be disputed. Another fact is that the longer someone has been unemployed the less likely they are to be selected for a job. Your conclusion that anyone can get a job that wants one is simply not supported by any facts. I won’t continue to argue this with you but will say one more thing. Personal experience has been shown over and over to be a poor predictor at arriving at accurate conclusions. It’s why we educate ourself to look at other facts and use those facts rather than just personal experience to guide or judgements. Anyone that doesn’t do so is often sadly mistaken.

          • leadvillexp

            People can make up facts. I live in a place where jobs are hard to get, the Adirondacks in New York. People willing to work will find jobs. When you say jobs available do you mean at your standard or what a person is willing to take to get by? You are right in that the longer a person is out of a job the less likely they are to be selected. Why is this? This is because they are less likley to show the initiative after long term unemployment to give a hoot. They give up. I know work is there. Some times you have to take what you can find. I can show anyone in my area a job if they want it. It might not be pretty but it will be a job and it sometimes leads to full time with benifets.

          • Budjob

            Lead,The real fact of the matter is Republicans just don’t give one God damn about any of the poor people in this once great country!! What you are spewing is nothing but pure unadulterated BULLSHIT!!!!

          • Theodora30

            Employers are really likely to hire a college grad with, say, a finance degree who has spent months sweeping streets. Great idea!

          • leadvillexp

            You can’t eat a degree. You have to do what you have to do too get by. I live a nice middle class life but I would rather live in a flophouse and eat than live on the streets and not eat with my degree. There are way more people with degrees out there than jobs that require a degree. We still need the person who runs the street sweeper or the person that gets down in a hole and hand digs around a water main so that the hoe operator won’t hit it.Today there are less people willing to do this because they have a degree and think it is beneath their degree. Don’t get me wrong, yes there are some with a degree that are willing to do this work and they are the ones who will survive.

          • mah101

            Actually, leadvillexp, people cannot make up facts – that rather flies in the face of the definition of “fact”.

            The fact is that there are more unemployed than jobs. The fact is that long term unemployment correlates strongly with difficulty in finding employment. The fact is that of the jobs available, fewer and fewer pay wages upon which someone can live or support a family.

            Those are facts. Your personal experience is commendable and honorable and my hat is off to you, but personal experience does not replace the fact that for many of your fellow Americans, they cannot replicate your experience no matter how hard they try nor honorable they are.

          • leadvillexp

            I agree with you about the word facts. It was a poor choice of words on my part. You are also correct about having more unemployed than jobs. The point I was trying to make was that there are jobs out there to survive on. Budjob is also correct in that most Republicans only care about the rich. This is true but the fact remains I stll see many jobs go unfilled in the paper and where I have worked. I have worked two jobs at times filling in for people that left or retired. New people were going to be hired to fill these positions. When they were hired they only worked one or two days. Their excuse was it was to hard or they did not like the job after being hired.

        • bandrulz

          Hmm. Where do they still have street sweepers out there with brooms? Sorry leadville, that ‘fact’ just doesn’t fly.

          • leadvillexp

            Yes they do. We hire them every summer in our area.

        • stcroixcarp

          Aren’t you telling just a little porky? The only time I have ever seen people sweeping streets in the US with a broom is after a parade, and actually it was a shovel to pick up horse dung.

          • leadvillexp

            As I told bandrulz we hire them every summer. They sweep up parks, sidewalks and around public buildings. They use a hand broom and a dustpan with a handle. Many come back year after year. Most are retired people but some are people just looking for work. Most get paid more than minimum wage. While this is still low, it can be the difference if your family eats or not.

        • omgamike

          Another problem out there, especially for those unemployed who have a higher education and good resume, is that employers do not want to hire them, do not even want to interview them. They are afraid that if they gave someone like this a job, they will only stay until something better comes along. I was in that position once, and went 11 months without even getting an interview, and I had an excellent job record, good education. But I was always told that I was overqualified for the position. And I applied for absolutely everything that I thought I could do, irrespective of what it paid. And with our economy the way it is, there must be millions out there who face similar circumstances. Then when you throw in the three applicants for every job, it gets even more difficult. So things are not as simple as you are stating.

          • sigrid28

            I have had the same experience.

          • leadvillexp

            You are right. I have had the same experience. While I left school early, I got a GED some college and trade school education. My resume after forty years of work was long and I held some important positions. I tried to work for another company, job, and found that I was overqualified. It is a stupid way to run a company, shutting people out because you think they know to much.

    • michael christopher

      That’s always the Republicans answer. Just take a low pay sh-t job that won’t pay your bills so some rich business a-hole can get rich off your sweat. I’ll never do that. The tax breaks go to the rich who do nothing to create good lobs. The Government turns a blind eye to the unemployed in this country. The system is broke pal. At 62 you were living in a time where jobs were plentiful and companies paid good wages and benefits. Prices were lower too. I’ve lost my job. The company no longer wanted the older workers like myself. They’re doing everything they can to destroy our Union and have taken everything away from us.Now they’re making millions. Getting tax breaks. And people like myself who’ve worked their whole life and paid taxes are now cast out. No one will hire me cause I’m over 50. And no one cares.

      • sigrid28

        You write well, Mr. Christopher, so you have the necessary skills to MAKE someone care. I wonder how many of us who have been put out to pasture in violation of employment laws in this country will need to document these violations before hiring practices will change. I’ve also wondered whether lack of enforcement stems from failure to seat the president’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board thanks to Republican abuse of the rules of the Senate. Now that Harry Reid has prevented frivolous filibusters from blocking the president’s appointments, governmental agencies, which have gone unstaffed (or inadequately staffed) for years, can now run at full capacity and federal appointments to the bench can now take place, so more cases can be tried. Employment law needs an overhaul in order to set up precedents to protect workers rights, which have been routinely abused.

      • leadvillexp

        You are right about jobs being more plentiful back then. I retired from a job I held for 35 years at 55. Since I left that job I have had three different jobs. I work part time but two of these employers wanted me to work full time at some point. All paid above minimum wage. At one point I was working 60 hours a week. I have since resigned from two of them, 60 hours was too much. Yes I am a Republican and yes they only care about the rich. The only was to fix the Republican Party is from within. Yes the rich are getting richer and slowly doing away with the middle class. I agree the tax breaks to the rich have to stop and this includes breaks for big corporations unless they can prove the break was spent on creating jobs.

  • Robert Rufa

    This will work only if the unemployed bigot is also rich.

  • Theodora30

    Compassion for the poor may be a virtue in the Gospels but it is a sin in the Gospel According to Ayn Rand. Check out the YouTube video of her telling Mike Wallace that altruism is immoral. Too bad the Pope doesn’t explicitly name Rand when he complains about radical capitalism. I’d love to hear him say that any Catholic promoting her extremely anti-Christian ideology be excommunicated. Paul Ryan would be a good start.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    When the conservatives of today pit their initiatives of corporate welfare and Big Business protection, it begins to look more like paid Mafia protection courtesy of our tax dollars. As a former Republican, I can tell you that the genius bois have one and only one goal in mind: To protect business at all costs. Now that would be Jim Dandy to the Rescue if these businesses were not taking advantage of those paying the burden of taxes…the Middle Class. Oh sure. They love to spout how billionaires pay the high taxes. Do they? Or do they get huge tax cuts for their so-called “charitable trusts” and huge tax subsidies they don’t need?

    The conservatives today are selfish, self-indulgent morons who believe the only important thing in American life is to use tax dollars to protect crony capitalists. The smaller your government grows, the more corporatized it becomes…courtesy of conservatives who hate government’s interference in corrupt Big Businesses.

    What these contards want is to allow business to take over government. The argument used to be that corporations could do a much better job. Have they? They’ve had a dozen years to prove that and all they’ve done is prove they are morbid failures who refuse to consider anything that doesn’t line their own pockets while they sabotage US labor. A country without adequate labor is a country about to dig its own grave.

    • idamag

      You got it!

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  • Lovefacts

    To Jindal, it’s all about economics. Homophobes donate, those out of work don’t. What he’s forgotten is that those out of work vote.

    • jointerjohn

      It must be exhausting spending one’s entire day figuring out how to screw people out of a measly crust of bread. If they thought they could get away with it they would propose a new voter I.D. law requiring a recent pay stub in order to get a ballot. I wouldn’t be surprised if some republican governor later this year announces a new unemployment compensation program, one that requires applicants to attend an orientation session from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p,m, on election day. This whole unemployment thing is all about their burning desire to wipe out minimum wage and worker protections. Get those people hungry enough they will work for $3 per hour. Every hideous despot in history has used hunger as a sword, these assholes are no different.

  • howa4x

    Republicans have been after the social safety net since FDR passed social security, so these antics are nothing new. Doesn’t anyone remember Reagan’s welfare Cadillac or Bush 1 counting ketchup as a vegetable in the school lunch program? Republicans have proved time and again they have no use for anyone not making it in this great country. They seem to always want to kick people when they are down, take away their last hopes.
    One thing republicans can do to change this image is to urge billionaires like the Koch bros, Waltons and Adelson to all get together and donate 1 million for everyone in the country not making that amount or say under $150.000. this is an excellent private sector intervention and gets the government out of the hand out business. Buffet even said he is making 37 million /day so that is just 10 days work for him. Republicans then can stand up with a straight face and say these people deserve a tax cut with no booing or jeering. This selfless act on the part of our richest would stimulate the economy. We can make a stipulation in the gift that $500,000 must be invested in the market and that will send stocks higher. More cars houses, and appliances would be bought, debt would be paid off, and people wouldn’t feel so much stress which will lower heart disease rates as a bonus. If the republicans could pull this off the Koch’s wouldn’t have to do another commercial since everyone would vote republican. No one would want to join a union. We wouldn’t need the ACA since everyone could afford insurance. People would support Fracking and the pipeline because they would be invested in it
    Too bad the republicans could never pull this off. People like Grover Norquist would never approve.

  • ralphkr

    Come on, people, get a clue. Why on earth would any politician give a fig about people who are poor or unemployed? Those people are not going to donate thousands of dollars to a politician’s election fund but if he cuddles up with the uber-wealthy then he has unlimited funds with which to snow the poor people with advertisements to convince them to vote against their own interests.

  • Defend Liberty

    To those of the liberty school, the liberty of a free country implies a state of affairs where centralized power, control, and coercion are minimized.

  • Benjamin Dover

    Only recently has the totalitarian notion of “freedom from obstacles” become confused with the idea of “minimized coercion” that defines liberty.