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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Shame on You! Merry Christmas, Mr. Conservative Scrooge!

Dear, dear Huffington Post... So many Grinches and Scrooges have made it their home in recent months and years. They are always trying to get the last word in against those "libs" and others they dislike (such as Democrats and progressives.)

Today's "Shame on you" is dedicated to this modern day Scrooge, calling himself something like "yesIamaconservative", posting at this article about the recent two-month tax cut and unemployment extension deal at Huffington Post.  I didn't have time for a complete reply to him; perhaps some of you can help me.

In his tome about the two-month tax cut and unemployment extension deal, Mr. Conservative Scrooge  ranted:
WOW - BIG Victory!! $160.00 ... but relative to past 3 years I guess anything counts.
Where is the "what's best for America" congress gone? It's now all about ME - what's in it for ME - what are you going to do for ME.
Border security - good for the country - but don't dare stop ME and ask for proof of citizenshi­p or don't you dare deport ME. Give ME amnesty.
Entitlemen­t reform - good and necessary for country - but dare touch MY medicare or welfare.
Taking taxes from SS - bad for country - but it's good for ME to get $160.00 in my paycheck.
Long term unemployme­nt - bad for country - but keep paying ME to be unemployed and you'll get my vote
Voter Id to validate legal right to vote - good for country - but don't dare ask ME to have to produce one - I'm too disadvanta­ged
Long term welfare - bad for country as it keeps people in poverty - but don't dare touch MY welfare because then I'll scream that you are racist
Poor govt. schools - bad for country - and certainly don't let me make any decision that could possibly improve my educationa­l choices
Give ME something and I'll vote for you. Don't and I won't.
Thanks you Democrats, Liberals and OWS believers everywhere --- WHERE IS MY TROPHY??
Shame on you!

I only had time for this quick retort:
“Anybody who thinks that long term unemployme­nt extensions are "paying people not to work" is not a good person. Do you really believe that that the unemployed in this (still) 4-jobseekers- for- every-job economy are enjoying the life of Riley lazing on their couch while they collect their $300 a week?  If you really believe this, then you are a person lacking in compassion or common sense. Shame on you.”
He shot back:
"All this bloody compassion you libs. express is just pandering and doesn't help people improve their lives - it keeps them in poverty. If that's not obvious - then indeed there is no common sense.
Shame on me for wanting people to take personal responsibi­lity and improve their lives vs. living FOR GENERATION­S depending on the govt.
Right - I'm the shameful one. Merry Christmas ..."

Yes, Mr. Scrooge, you are the shameful one.  I can just hear you ranting, "Are there no prisons?  Are there no workhouses?"  as you blame the 13,300,000 unemployed people, the 40-odd percent who don't make enough money to pay federal income taxes, the millions without health insurance, and the millions who are at or close to poverty level for their predicament.  And you convince yourself that many of these formerly middle class people are in their situations because they are the result of "generations of government programs", or because they didn't "plan well", "make good choices", or "work hard".  

Bah Humbug!

I can only say to you, Mr. Conservative Scrooge:  Bah Humbug!  And wish that those three ghosts will visit you tonight... but that is really too much to ask for. 

To everybody reading this:  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and have a Festive Festivus for the rest of us!  And, as Tiny Tim would say, God bless us, each and every one!    

Update December 26, 2011:

Here are several other articles written in the last few months on the same theme:  

Conservatives Put a Spin on Food Stamps

47% of the People Pay No Taxes!

The Rich Deserve What They Have; They Have Earned It

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