“Bootstraps”. The GOP/RW’s favorite fall-back position to excuse their condemnation of the poor.
It’s also the favorite condemnation of the poor by certain “liberals” and most definitely, well-off Americans regardless of political leaning.
Listen, folks. Those who rise out of poverty to become something are *** anomalies ***. We who grew up poor will BE poor for the rest of our lives (unless we excel in the military) because we simply aren’t in a position to *change* the deck stacked against us.
There’s college, which we can try like fuck to get to via scholarship, but there are obstacles along the way, placed there because you have no money to take care of them.
During college, if anything bad, financially, happens (health issue or your car dies), we have no fall-back or rainy day fund or rich parents to rescue us from it. We’re forced to take out loans to finish college or we’re forced to take crap jobs to help pay for the stuff we need, which puts us in a bind to *finish* college.
We’re fucked. We have to find a job to pay for those financial problems, and thanks to everyone voting against their best interests, all jobs aren’t good enough to live on.
And so, we have to go on food stamps, and if we’re stupid enough to have children, we can’t get welfare unless we have three or more. So on and on it goes.
We’re maneuvered into shit jobs, into having babies we can’t afford, all so we pay higher taxes because we elected people who refuse to pay theirs.
Fuck your goddamn bootstraps.
Y’all should listen or read “The Liberal Redneck Manifesto”, a partly-serious, partly-funny book written by three southern comedians (who’re awesome, hey Trae). They make a damn good case about why “bootstraps” aren’t available to the poor because the game is goddamn *rigged*.
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Oh, AND, we elected an asshole who lied to people who didn’t bother going online to read about his cons, his bankruptcies, his financial *debt* ties to many countries, most importantly Turkey and Russia. Y’all elected this moron knowing full well that he’s a braggart, a narcissist, and a racist, misogynistic sexual predator that you gave a *pass* to. You knew what you were doing and you didn’t care.
You wanted to upend the apple cart. Well, congratulations. Thanks to this MFer, he’s appointed people deeper than the swamp he lives in, who’ve trashed the EPA, trashed our climate arrangement, trashed our position in the world, trashed our military, trashed our competency, and trashed our bloody economy!
Wait, you say. Trashed our military? He ain’t trashed our military! OH, yes, he has! He’s gotten us bogged down tighter than a tick in deer country in places like Yemen, Syria, and Niger. Know why Niger’s important? Uranium. Syria? Putin’s money. Yemen? Saudi Arabia’s money.
AND he’s appointed people who’ve trashed our internet security, so in the near future, you’re going to see some interesting changes in your goddamn cable company. They’re going to set up a tier system for the internet, just like they do for cable. They’ll lie about giving you a “fast lane”, when really, it’s the high one they already have. What they’ll do is slow us all down, then force us to pay for higher speeds. BTW, these people gave a lot of money to Trump. Ajit Pai? He’s leader of the FCC, who trashed our internet security protection. You know who he used to work for prior to this appointment? Verizon. Guess who he’s going to back when he’s done giving them the hen house? Verizon.
AND you know that government security you rely on? SSA(Social Security). SSI (for those of us stupid and weak (their words) enough to get disabled). Medicare. Medicaid. SNAP. CHIP. We pay for these things in taxes. SSA and Medicare are deductions from our paychecks, not *taxes*. We put into these programs so that when the time comes, we’ll have some protection, some sort of backup.
BUT. Thanks to you voting against your best interests, you put Republicans in charge. They have been after SSA and Medicare, as well as the other things, for a long goddamn time. They want to kill them. Just listen to Paul Ryan on the evening news, if the news hasn’t been co-opted to edit *him* now. (The news networks and papers are now owned by mega-corporations who now refuse to follow the 1st Amendment and allow a free press. They control what information gets out, and we’re left with noise and bullshit. Those of us who want to stay informed follow independent news online–which Ajit Pai has now co-opted for his mega-corp, Verizon.
Over time, since we stupidly elected Reagan, Republicans have been chipping away at SSA, stealing money from it. Those of us who’ll be 65 in 8 years, who were home taking care of kids or forced to stay at home by ill parents or an asshole spouse, won’t get more than $600/month. Know why? The money’s been cut from it to pay for taxes that were cut so that the rich wouldn’t have to pay.
Do you even know why we pay taxes? Why they’re important? They allow us to have roads, hospitals, parks, freeways, lights, water. Over time, light and water have been sold off to private corporations, and look what they’ve done to us. The Republicans now want to privatize everything else, which will mean those private companies who would own the roads we drive on would be tolled. That’s how we’d pay for them. Not out of taxes.
Our taxes would go up. Why? Because Republicans gave themselves huge tax CUTS. Now the money we need to pay for everything, including our military, has to come from somewhere. So, A) They’ll claim they HAVE TO cut SSA and Medicare. To GUT Medicaid and SNAP.
SNAP. They’ve already gutted it. Know how much I get in food stamps every month? For a single person? $15. It was $16. And I’m in Liberal Massachusetts.
They want to kill these programs so that they’ll have the money to pay off their donors. Those donors are Big Pharma (now you know why we’ve suddenly had pill ads on TV for the last twelve years–thank you, Bush), Big Agro (corn), and the Military Industrial Complex–aka, contractors, who waste millions of dollars on bullshit.
These people say they’re pro-military. Oh, really? Then why is the Veteran’s Administration getting much needed funding cut? To pay for cutting taxes to the wealthy.
Pro-military? Oh really? Then why doesn’t the military pay their own people a living fucking wage? Oh, you get a big-ass bonus when you sign up. But your pay remains stagnant. If you get killed over there in Iraq, who gets the bonus? If you’re not married, the military does. It gets absorbed into the kitty to pay for stupid shit that we don’t need instead of paying for upgrades that we do. Do you remember the fiasco the military was experiencing once Bush lied us into Iraq (and the MFer would’ve been in prison had he been a Democrat, but Noooo)? Our soldiers had SHIT equipment and uniform protection. They weren’t prepared for war. But Congress decided to throw them to the wolves anyway. But to keep their jobs, they gave the military what it *should have already had*, instead of paying off contractors who electrocuted our boys in Afghanistan thanks to shit-ass showers and bad plumbing and wiring.
It gets even worse. But I think you get the bloody point.
We, who are poor, will have our numbers increased now, thanks to Republicans and Establishment Democrats (who’re nothing more than Republican-lite) killing our safety nets and increasing our taxes, killing off our high paying jobs, and doing it by distracting you with bullshit theology and a goddamn fake moral high-ground. BUT, most of those Dems aren’t stupid. They wouldn’t have fucked us over like the GOP has done.
As for Hillary. She’s corrupt. She ran a shit campaign. She’s a snooty-ass bitch. Elizabeth Warren isn’t perfect, but she would have been a lot better. Bernie Sanders would have been even better. But the Dems rigged the system. And they didn’t do a goddamn thing to help Hillary, either, despite their shenanigans.
So now, instead of Hillary, who wouldn’t have done any of the bullshit you see daily in the news, we have someone in that Oval Office that makes us look bad by the goddamn *hour*.
You want to get us back on the right road that Roosevelt and Eisenhower tried to build? That Bernie Sanders and other Progressives want for all of us, not the rich? We have to stop listening to squirrels. We have to make the system work for us, because as I said before. The goddamn game is rigged.