Posts tagged Compassionate Conservatism
Posts tagged Compassionate Conservatism
Here’s a sample:
Compassionate conservatism at its best. This is in response to a man hitting 4 people at Occupy DC, one of them pregnant, and receiving no citation.
She tweeted this and then preemptively blocked me. Beautiful. Check her out: @RR_Conservative - Gina’s a charmer! Save all teh babiez! (Until mom is pregnant and protesting, then she’s stupid and deserves to get hit.) Pro-life, LULZ!
In his bio, he claims he loves his country. Well, it’s totally patriotic to celebrate the deaths of others, amirite?! Especially because they’re all looking for a free ride, yeah? Get it? He didn’t have HANDOUTS so he DIED! HILARIOUS! </sarcasm>
For the record, the man was homeless and appears to have died from natural causes. But don’t let that stop the right-wing! They’re losing it over this story, marking the first time many conservatives have given a flying fuck about the homeless. We all know it’s not because they actually care - it’s because they can use his death to attempt to delegitimize the Occupy movement.
You can contact the Orange County Young Republicans here.
Mac is a frequent contributor. This is one his nicest statements, and I wish I were joking.
I just can’t deal with this anymore. Heard of a food desert? Here’s a quick summary. I live in one of these. To get to the nearest grocery store (a Safeway), it’s a 4.4 mile walk there and back along a highway. To avoid the highway (mostly), it’s 6.4 miles there and back. So you’re looking at a significant trip of at least an hour each way without a car. If you have kids, forget it. There’s over a 1,000 people in my census tract that are classified as living in a food desert.
For me, if I can’t get to the store, there’s a McDonald’s and two gas stations within a 7 minute walk. That’s all I can say here.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, claiming the wealthy are already doing too much, even as the nation’s effective tax rates are at their lowest rates in over 50 years, and suggesting the middle class and poor should be picking up the slack.
Hatch insinuated payroll taxes that the poor and middle classes pay towards Social Security gives them some kind of advantage in regards to future benefit. Not so. The first $106,800 in yearly income is taxed. After that, no social security taxes are paid. The Medicare tax has no cap. It’s been suggested that lifting the cap on social security would help. Well, it would. Observe:
Explanation: Currently, wages over a certain yearly total ($106,800 this year) are exempted from Social Security payroll taxes. Medicare’s payroll tax has no such cap. This has raised the question of how raising the cap could extend Social Security’s solvency. [T]he Congressional Research Service looked at this question in 2008 by evaluating three different proposals. The first would raise the cap so that 90 percent of wages are taxed and pay higher benefits to those affected; the second would eliminate the cap and pay higher benefits; and the third would eliminate the cap for taxes but would not increase benefits. [This is] how much of the Social Security shortfall is eliminated by each proposal. Completely eliminating the cap without increasing benefits actually creates a long-term surplus, and eliminating the cap while increasing benefits comes close.
The benefits aren’t lavish. I calculated the benefit for an person of retirement age who earned the average income for an individual every year since age 18. Monthly benefit? A whopping $1519.00 monthly, which is $18,228 a year. Incidentally, that’s just a little less than the average individual income in 1987.
As for a family of four receiving subsidies at $80,000 a year?
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the cost of coverage for a family of four has climbed 131 percent from 1999 to 2010. The average annual premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance in 2010 was $5,049 for single coverage and $13,770 for family coverage.
For a family of four making $80,000/year, that’s over 17% of their yearly income on insurance alone. Most families are carrying a deductible of $2,000, meaning they have to hit that before receiving full benefits. So we’ll assume that’s their only out-of-pocket health care expense. So yearly expenses are now $15,770 - nearly 20% of their yearly income.
That’s also assuming insurance pays everything. Average out of pocket spending for an individual is now almost $7,000/year. So we’ll assume little Billy broke his leg playing ball, coach freaked out, called an ambulance (was’t pre-approved), and that ambulance took Billy to an out of network provider where the doctor ordered x-rays and set his leg. So now we’ve added that $7,000 for a total of $22,770 - that’s now nearly 29% of their yearly income.
The median family income in the United States is $49,777. Once those health care expenses are lopped off, the $80K family is suddenly down to roughly $56,800, just $7,023 above the median. Keep in mind, the median family and below are dealing with these same numbers.
How about a CEO making the typical pay package ($9 million) for the head of a company in the S&P’s 500? How much of an impact would those health care costs be, just for funsies? $22,770/$9,000,000 = .253% of their yearly income. Sorry, but my pity well is dry.
Oh, and Hatch’s net worth was between $1,656,067 and $4,471,000, according to Hatch’s mandated financial disclosure statements. Whose interests do you think he’s protecting?
In summary, Orrin Hatch can suck it.
Rush Limbaugh, claiming the media should just pretend Casey Anthony aborted her child two years late so they feel better.
Is there really any low to which he will not stoop? When does the death of a child bother me? When a child dies. It’s a choice to have an abortion, one that’s much different than the choice to murder a living, breathing, autonomous human being.
Casey Anthony would not be a hero nor a star for having an abortion. She’d simply be one more anonymous American woman of millions who’ve made the choice to not have a child at that particular time. It’s a decision not made lightly, and a choice that two years ago was not as restricted as it is now.
A little girl was murdered and all Limbaugh can do is comment on the people who gave a shit. Callous doesn’t even begin to describe the mental gymnastics needed to make that work.
Dr. Michael Parenti, author of Dirty Truths
In 1996, he made a rather concise observation which still rings painfully true today. A few examples of compassionate conservatism:
"Is the government now creating hobos?” — Rep. Dan Heller (R-Nevada)
"You know, we should not be giving cash to people who basically are just going to blow it on drugs and not take care of their own children.” — Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
"We shouldn’t turn the safety net into a hammock. It should actually be a safety net.” — Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
"Continuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work.” — Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona)
"You know, there is an argument to be made that these extensions of unemployment benefits keep people from going and finding jobs. In fact there are some studies that have been done that show people stay on unemployment compensation and they don’t look for a job until two or three weeks before they know the benefits are going to run out.” — Former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas)
"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans [after Hurricane Katrina]. We couldn’t do it, but God did.” — Former Rep. Richard H. Baker (R-Louisiana)
"You gotta look people in the eye and tell ‘em they’re irresponsible and lazy… Because that’s what poverty is, ladies and gentlemen. In this country, you can succeed if you get educated and work hard. Period. Period.” — FOX News host Bill O’Reilly
"You know, people are poor in America not because they lack money. They’re poor because they lack values, morals and ethics. And if government can’t teach and instill that, we’re wasting our time simply giving poor people money.” — Radio personality Bill Cunningham