Cognitive Dissonance

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So what? His wife and child are American citizens, and he was here legally. Isn’t that how public assistance ideally works? A temporary safety net, right? Relevant: “The state says both Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — his brother and the other bombing suspect — received welfare benefits as children through their parents while the family lived in Massachusetts. Neither was receiving benefits at the time of the bombing.” Is that the story, the system operated as intended? Or is this non-news dressed up as news just so we hate the bomber (and by extension, his family) a teensy bit more?  I mean, we’re so generous to people living in poverty in this country, and we have no homeless or hungry people ever, so obviously this is big important news — it’s in no way related to some sort of stigma associated with welfare, nope, no sir. /sarcasm

So what? His wife and child are American citizens, and he was here legally.

Isn’t that how public assistance ideally works? A temporary safety net, right? Relevant: “The state says both Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — his brother and the other bombing suspect — received welfare benefits as children through their parents while the family lived in Massachusetts. Neither was receiving benefits at the time of the bombing.”

Is that the story, the system operated as intended? Or is this non-news dressed up as news just so we hate the bomber (and by extension, his family) a teensy bit more?

I mean, we’re so generous to people living in poverty in this country, and we have no homeless or hungry people ever, so obviously this is big important news — it’s in no way related to some sort of stigma associated with welfare, nope, no sir. /sarcasm

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In some quarters, however, the American work ethic is waning. Some people devote themselves to find ways not to work. Some seem to take a perverse kind of pride in being slipshod or lackadaisical. In many cases, where our work culture has deteriorated, shortsighted government policies share a good part of the blame.

Welfare without work erodes the spirit and the sense of self-worth of the recipient. And it conditions the children of nonworking parents to an indolent and unproductive life. Hardworking parents raise hardworking kids; we should recognize that the opposite is also true. The influence of the work habits of our parents and other adults around us as we grow up has lasting impact.

Mitt Romney, in his autobiography No Apology: The Case For American Greatness.

Oh, now I get it — only moms of means are worthy of praise. Moms who accept public assistance produce indolent kids who lead unproductive lives.

Yeah, I don’t have kids, but I feel pretty good in saying Romney and his faux “mommy war” outrage can kiss off. I love being lectured by a rich guy about welfare in general. It’s not like I actually want a living wage or anything…

(h/t to ThinkProgress)

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