Sunday, January 20, 2008

Family Values: Proud that Working People Can't Make Ends Meet

Conservative Christians and Republicans use the rhetoric of "family values" quite often even though it is a term with no definitive meaning. Voters can invest it with whatever content they want and thereby imagine that the politician is on their side. If we want to know what Republicans think of the term, we should look to what they do and even say in other contexts. How do they give substance of the concept of "family values" and what do they really value themselves?

Everyone can see that America is heading into serious economic trouble which will negatively affect most American families. How do Republicans think that those families can be helped weather the consequences of years of Republican mismanagement, corruption, and lies? By giving even more tax breaks to wealthy corporations! This might sound crazy, but apparently Republicans think that economic hardship is good for families — and even welcomed by them.

This at least was the message from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) when she said "I am so proud to be from the state of Minnesota. We’re the workingest state in the country, and the reason why we are, we have more people that are working longer hours, we have people that are working two jobs." That's right, people who can't get by unless they work a lot of extra hours or even take on a second job are living the American dream — which for them must seem like a nightmare, but it helps provide more money for people like Bachmann, so I guess it's still a dream for her.

More after the click on Jesus's General ...

My comment: Or to phrase it the way Keith Olbermann did, "Our slave labor can build better pyramids than anybody else's save labor."

It's much easier to control people when they're scared, hungry and sick.

Once one accepts that simple fact, it becomes easier to see a pattern that ties together a fear of terrorism, an economy that forces people to work multiple jobs to stay afloat and a strong conservative resistance to universal health care with draconian laws that undermine the civil and human rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

And Mitt has a plan ... a wonderful plan to bring the auto industry back to life and return all those great manufacturing jobs to Michigan. His idea is basically a $20 billion dollar bail-out package for the car companies, coupled with a roll-back of the CAFE Standards so that American automobile companies can get back to making cars that no one wants to buy in the first place. Talk about pipe dreams!

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