As gung-ho Republicans persist in turning America into a Hooverville for the poor – and quite likely, eventually the middle class – the party that unabashedly claims Lincoln, Cruz, Limbaugh and Jesus as its lode stars is now facing a serious threat to its own existence.

Where does it go, Dear Reader, when it has stripped the last social benefit from the desperately impoverished family that will leave nothing more for the party to take away?

No more food stamps. No more unemployment benefits. No health insurance. No heating allotments. All of these folks picked clean as a holiday turkey. What have I overlooked in the party’s perpetual motion trickle-up machine?

When the end comes and the poor are no longer useful to them, what new plan can the conservative partisans on Capitol Hill concoct to advance their ghoulish electoral ambitions?

Back in depressed 1931, when then-congressman Fiorello La Guardia was pressing for unemployment insurance (some things never change) and economic remedies, he met stiff resistance from the Hooverites. The president stood his ground, declaring: “I am firmly opposed to the government entering into any business, the major purpose of which is competition with our citizens.” (As Mitt Romney later reminded us, corporations are people, too.). Any idea to the contrary, Hoover asserted, was “degenerate”.

Well, we all know how that turned out. Today, every person out of work with no access to income becomes a human Hooverville, but no more than an abstraction to the holiest of the holy ideologues running their laps below the safety nets.

  • Retrofuturistic

    That’s what I don’t get. After the Christian GOP (and their corporate overlords) get done impoverishing all of us, who will be able to buy the things that keep the corporate overlords in business?

  • Please show me in the constitution where it says that our hard-earned tax money should go to someone else’s food, housing, drug money, cars, liquor, Mountain Dew, clothing, utilities, smokes and gambling money. I can’t find that section anywhere.

  • WIllWallace12

    Please tell me where it is written that such a small group of people should be able to keep such an obscene share of the fruits of other peoples labor and then completely crush any semblance of a social safety met and upward mobility for those very same people? How does this serve the common good or provide for domestic tranquility? One of the main purposes of the constitution was to prevent feudalism, not promote it.

  • Davey Joe

    Show me in the constitution where I have to support the mega wealthy and corporations with their corporate welfare and little or no taxes they pay.

  • GreenEagle

    Where does the nation go at that point? For the answer to that, I suggest you look not at 1931 America, but at 1931 Germany.

  • GreenEagle

    Junior, show me where the Constitution says anything about free enterprise. By your logic, we should do away with that too.

    On the other hand, did you forget the part about “promote the general welfare?” I guess for people like you, the Constitution begins after the end of the first amendment and ends before the beginning of the third amendment.

  • Phylter

    But you’re okay with over half your federal tax dollars going to fund the biggest military on the planet and funding illegal wars and surveillance of innocent Americans. Why is that? I’ll tell you why, because you’re a fucking craven coward who listens to assholes that lie to you 24/7 and you’re too stupid to see it.

    Where in the Constitution does it say that we have to bail out the robber barons who crashed the global economy with their scams and frauds? I thought that we have capitalism here, so you must approve of socialism, as long as it’s for the rich stealing homes out from under people, you’re okay with the decay of America, you’re okay with homeless people, you’re okay with children going hungry. Too many things to list here, but simply, you’re just a selfish, childish Teahadist.

    Article 1 of the Unites States Constitution

    “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
    Apparently, you don’t understand ANY of this. ALL of that article is “socialism”. “We, and ourselves and our”, NOT “me and fuck all y’all”, you fucking cretin.

  • Kuni Leml

    That would be in Section 8 of said Constitution:

    The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States.

  • Davey Joe

    Again sonny, you people don’t understand the point. I find it hopeless trying to make sense to your adolescence mindset.

  • Marvin Gardens

    I expect, once they’ve taken all help away, they’ll move toward actual ownership of the poor by making them “pay their debt” – servitude to work off their indentured-ness, if you will…

  • Angelo_Frank

    They will then go after the rest of the world and plunder their resources too. The global oligarchy are just in the beginning phase. We have been living under an oligarchy since that actor fellow became president and introduced the country to the system called ‘Reaganomics’. As a result, the top ten percent have 81% to 94% of stocks, bonds, trust funds, and
    business equity, and almost 80% of non-home real estate. Since financial
    wealth is what counts as far as the control of income-producing assets,
    we can say that just 10% of the people own the United States of America.

  • Repugnantcants

    There will be no one left to feed on but themselves.

  • DHFabian

    With all due respect, it has been the Democrats, not the Republicans, who have been wiping out the “safety net” since Bill Clinton. Recall that Clinton had established what he called the “New Democrats,” some of whom are still in Congress (and who generally vote against President Obama as well).

  • EdCoulter

    No one will notice when this happens because we will all be fighting over flag burning or perhaps the apple pie controversy.

  • Hawaiianstyle

    When they save all that money by not giving it back to the earners that contributed it to the government promised social Security they will give themselves a tax cut of course

  • I’m a US Army veteran and I’m guessing you never spent a day in uniform, right?

  • Just admit you’re a communist. The rest of us know it already, based on your posts.

  • DHFabian

    Guns and beer.

  • DHFabian

    I’ve personally been worried about something else. Over the past century (since WWl), the US has remained engaged in wars more often than not, almost always by choice. Those who follow a range of international media know that much of the world views today’s US as the greatest potential threat to human existence. This is especially true since the Bush administration, and perhaps the greatest concerns are due to the belligerent, arrogant statements and behavior of a number of those in Congress. Of course it would make sense for the international community to be very watchful, prepared to bring an end to this threat (us) if they feel it’s necessary.


    BOTH branches of the ONE, CORPORATE/WALLSTREET/MILITARIST PARTY have done all they can to screw 90% of us. Let’s be honest here: we don’t have a democracy; we have an auction.

  • justquitnow

    Easy….they will try to get a Republican elected President. They know “the poor” and lower middle class won’t vote for them anyway, so they are perfectly fine with punishing them.

  • Obama has declared himself a New Democrat, and pursues the same ideological neoliberal policies as Clinton.

    Your personality cult rooted myopia is jaw-dropping.

  • GreenEagle

    Listen, you pathetic liar, I pointed out where exactly the Constitution allows the things you claimed it doesn’t, and also mentioned one of your Conservative commands that is nowhere in the Constitution, and therefore according to you should be done away with. Those things are called facts, buddy, and you have nothing but insults with which to answer them. Dealing with facts does not make me an adolescent, but swinging insults around does make you an infant. So, stuff it until you learn something about our country and how it’s supposed to work. You clearly aren’t ready to face the truth at this point.

  • aeskylos

    What facts. Oh, the Bible? Y’all.


    When there is nothing left to be stripped from the poor, they will begin moving up the food chat. Left unchallenged, this will continue until America has been reduced to feudalism.

  • Davey Joe

    First off, your the one who started the insults. Calling me junior. I pay a lot of money in taxes every year and do so knowing our country needs it to stay strong and free. It’s you and your TEA naggers that would just as soon see us go down the crapper. You interpret “FREE ENTERPRISE” meaning not paying your fair share to keep this country up as in infrastructure. You should expand your horizons and stop with the Fox News and company. Your next no mind reply to me will be deleted without it being read so save you pathetic time.

  • Liber8gibp

    Feudalism is the right word. A country of nobles and peasants.

  • bvocal

    In a sense, that being the sense that the GOP makes sure to have their wishes come true during a Democratic admin so people like blame the dems… what you say is true, but really, it is all driven by the right.

  • Grand1

    Where do all right-wing political organizations go in the end. Toward fascism. It is the farthest right on the political spectrum.

  • Dick7s

    Cleaning out latrines, junior dumb-ass?

  • Phylter

    Six years in the Air Force. Honorably discharged

  • Close, Senior Intelligence Analyst, 96B. Worked for both Presidents Carter and Reagan, with tours in the White House, Pentagon, Korea (twice) and Fort Hood. The Junior Samples nickname is ironic, Einstein. Call me at BR-549 and I’ll explain it to you.

  • WIllWallace12

    No I am not a communist. Communism failed. I do believe in democracy.I want to see a democratic country that regulates capitalism so it works for everyone instead of one percent of everyone. From your posts its obvious you are from the “F” you I got mine crowd. Maybe you should just admit you are an objectivist. Did you know that Aynn Rand was one of the biggest inspirations for the church of Satan?Not my words, the words of Anton LaVey, the church’s founder. THAT is what you are following. Do a web search.

  • pascalmolineaux

    Yes yes yes the extreme conservative right wingers just don´t care for worker conditions or dignified wages, don’t give much of a damn for a healthy, liveable envinronment, consistently support massive increases to the sacred cow of the “defense” Budget while insisting on further cuts to the unemeployed, continuously favor big subsidies to filthy rich oil corporations the real Welfare Queens of right wing Budget priorities while insisting that single mothers, that they call “welfare Queens” deserve to receive just peanuts to struggle with…. I don’t get it how such crude greed and hypocrisy has come to have so much weight in the US political system….

  • WIllWallace12

    Simple, its OWNED by the oligarchy.

  • WIllWallace12

    I think you are talking about the democratic leadership council, which is basically a bunch of republicans posing as democrats.

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