he’s like mr rogers with a paintbrush
he’s like mr rogers with a paintbrush
Just another Monday.
Back to our regularly scheduled program.
Last week, former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke at the annual douchebag convention and relayed this charming story.
This reminds me of a story I heard from Eloise Anderson. She serves in the cabinet of my buddy, Governor Scott Walker. She once met a young boy from a very poor family, and every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program. He told Eloise he didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown-paper bag just like the other kids. He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown-paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the left does not understand.
The story might have been made up, but that’s not really the point.
After reading this I tried to figure out what he thought the left doesn’t understand. What does this story illustrate? Is it that poor children don’t want to be poor? That there is a stigma attached to poverty? That economic inequality is readily observable?
I think the left gets that. Paul Ryan thinks this story is a criticism of school lunch programs. For his benefit, let’s assume that the story is true. It’s heartbreaking that this boy feels his family doesn’t care about him. We don’t know the boy’s family situation, but it’s not important. Paul Ryan is using the story to say something about poverty and children in poverty in general. What the story actually illustrates is that school lunch programs are like tiny band-aids on the gaping wound of wealth inequality. Our socio-economic system deprives these children of food and dignity. School lunches give them food, but not dignity. That’s the problem with school lunches. It’s part of a system to ameliorate a problem that system creates. The mainstream left of the Democratic party probably doesn’t understand that, so Paul Ryan would be right if that’s what he meant. He obviously didn’t. This is the man Tom Morello called the embodiment of the machine he was raging against. He’s pro-machine.
The boy in the story doesn’t understand that his problems are part of a wider systemic problem, and so places the blame on what he does understand. Sometimes poor children think that when their parents don’t give them the expensive things their peers have, it means their parents don’t love them. Is this what Paul Ryan is trying to say? That the boy is right? That poor parents don’t care about their children?
We know that Paul Ryan’s worldview is about that of a child, but might it be a little harsh to accuse him of saying that poor parents don’t love their children? The past few weeks have seen American conservatives really reveal their true colours, however. Maybe this is what the left doesn’t understand. For years, we’ve tried to respect the right’s opinions, ignore reality and assume that the left and right had equal weight. We don’t understand that it’s not a difference of opinion. Conservatives are in fact just assholes.
Recently a conservative commentator thought food stamps were a great way to lose weight. Another, interviewed by the Daily Show, thought the trick to improving healthcare was for the poor to the stop being poor. Dick Cheney said President Obama would rather give people food stamps (i.e. feed the poor) than fund the military (i.e. build a better murder machine). And he meant that as a criticism.
Former social security recipient, Paul Ryan, thinks that a story about how poverty hurts dignity justifies conservative attacks on the welfare state, and says the left doesn’t get it. Yeah, it’s about time we start getting it. These people are just assholes. Utilitarians wonder “does this create the most good for the greatest number?”; Conservatives wonder “is this sufficiently dickish?”
Sorry, I couldn’t help myself with this rant. I’ll atone for it with cat gifs.
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So, this is happening on twitter right now. Had to screencap it for you all to enjoy the awesome.
THEY DEMAND TO HAVE SOME BOOZE!
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