So in addition to eliminating Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the EPA, the FDA, NOAA, the Department of Education, the hurricane hunters program and tying disaster relief to budget cuts, we now have another conservative with another idea to improve this country:
Disenfranchise the poor!
How long before the presidential front runners in the GOP, who thump their chests the loudest about loving the Baby Jesus and about being Super Christ-ers, come out and condemn this assault on the very least of our citizens? Anyone taking any bets?
Matthew Vadum writing in the very popular conservative blog, American Thinker:
Why are left-wing activist groups so keen on registering the poor to vote?
Because they know the poor can be counted on to vote themselves more benefits by electing redistributionist politicians. Welfare recipients are particularly open to demagoguery and bribery.
Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals. It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country -- which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote."
If, as this columnist says, the poor are nothing but blood-sucking drags on America, why just disenfranchise them? Why not eliminate them entirely so people like Vadum don't have to look at them or, even better, think about their low, insignificant and unproductive lives?
What is so disturbing about this is not just the monstrously evil suggestion that poor people should be disenfranchised, but that the conservative who suggested it felt comfortable in making such an outrageous proposition public, with, apparently, no fear of being hounded from a civil society like a flea-laden rat.
We've come to a point in our nation's life where conservatives believe the American people are with them in wanting to eliminate anything that benefits the most needy and to keep in place financial privileges that benefit the most wealthy. Because everyone learned in Bible School that Jesus said "Whatever you do for the richest, most powerful of mine, you do for me."
The American people do not support any of the GOP's ideas about eliminating Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the rest of the programs that make us a caring and civil society. Americans want to reduce the deficit, not by getting rid of social programs, but by increasing taxes on the wealthiest.
But back to the wannabe oligarch, Vadum, who believes poor people should have the right to vote taken away because they would vote their own self interest. (BTW, who DOESN'T vote her own self interest?) I would remind this ridiculous man that the poor do pay taxes every time they buy a taxable item either in a store or at the service station. This conservative's idea of making people who are financially less fortunate less than full citizens is repugnant to all true Americans, and it is class-warfare reasoning like Vadum's, and not the ones he erroneously listed, that compel less fortunate people to vote Democratic and not Republican.