Monday, March 12, 2012

Frontline of the Class War: Tornados, Rush Limbaugh, and Other Things Full of Hot Air

The Republicans are right, there is a class war going on in this country. And they're the ones waging it against the middle and working class:
  • Proving once again that politics will always trump people in the Republican Party, Ohio Governor John Kasich is turning down Federal Disaster Aid Funds after a tornado hit his state. Not only does this help him burnish his Tea Party anti-federal government credentials, but by shifting the cost onto the already cash strapped state government, it'll give him an excuse to make further budget cuts which will slow the economic recovery in the state before the general election.  Win-Win, unless you happen to have just been hit by a tornado.
  • So not only are advertisers abandoning Rush Limbaugh in droves, but he appears to have kicked off a mass exodus of advertisers from "offensive or controversial" programs, which it turns out is literally advertiser speak for conservative talk radio.  We live and we learn, and we all get to live and die by the free market.
  • Finally, I want to focus for a minute on the latest attack on Sandra Fluke.  I realize this is supposed to be a piece about Republican economic attacks, but it'll all tie in.  Bill O'Reilly is now going after her saying that "she can dress very well" for someone who can't afford birth control.  And here's the thing, it's a common Republican attack.  'Poor' people have flat screen TVs.  'I saw a person buying (EXPENSIVE FOOD HERE) with food stamps'. Now 'she dresses oftly well for national television appearances for a dirty poor.'  Here's the thing, whether a nice dress, a tv, or a special occassion, most people can afford to splurge once in a blue moon.  Because they're one time transactions.  You save up and buy a nice dress and then you have a nice dress you can wear repeatedly, or a tv you'll watch for the next 10 years.  Healthcare, like food and shelter, are ONGOING expenses.  Maybe Ms. Fluke went out and bought a $200 dress for her appearance before Congress (or maybe she borrowed it from a friend), I don't know.  But that's not evidence that she can afford to pay $1,000 a year for the next 20 years of her life on birth control.  It's not, in fact, evidence of anything at all.  And that's the problem with these attacks.

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