8 Phony GOP Solutions for Poverty That Will Only Bring More Economic Pain

On and on it goes. The poor and the downtrodden are to blame for everything, the rich are saints. And providing any ACTUAL incentive is, gasp, “SOCIALISM!!!”

Poor folks are always scheming, devious and not to be trusted. The rich: hand them money and they all become Santa. Even a Santa believing 5 year old would be baffled at the “logic.”

Dems offer old tired solutions? These philosophical horses have been dead a damn long time, their legs broken long ago, but the right insists on propping their still rancid carcasses up and selling them as “clever” “answers.”

-OEN writer Ken Carman, from Smirking Chimp, where this article is also posted. Below, the writer, Dave Johnson.

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On the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty, Republicans are whipping out “compassionate conservatism” again, in an attempt to rebrand themselves as something other than the harsh, anti-poor, anti-women, anti-minority, anti-gay, anti-everything wingnuts they have been showing us they are. It’s a strategy Republicans default to when they’ve taken things to such an extreme that the country is revolted. And here we are with Republicans pretending to have proposals geared toward fighting poverty instead of just boosting the fortunes of those who already have huge fortunes.

Republicans say that assistance to the poor makes people “dependent,” or as Paul Ryan put it in what has become known as the “Hammock Theory,” welfare is “a hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency.” These are the same people who say that helping the unemployed causes unemployment, and cutting taxes increases tax revenue, so you have to take this with more than a grain of salt. Let’s take a look at some of the various Republican proposals allegedly meant to help the poor and fight poverty.

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