‘They’re Victims Entitled to Food and Housing’

Former Senator and Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint reminds us that there is a significant portion of Americans who believe they’re entitled to food, to housing, to healthcare — you name it!

“Today, more people than ever before — 69.5 million Americans, from college students to retirees to welfare beneficiaries — depend on the federal government for housing, food, income, student aid, or other assistance once considered to be the responsibility of individuals, families, neighborhoods, churches, and other civil society institutions,” Demint wrote in the letter. “”The United States must reverse the direction of these trends or face economic and social collapse.”

I don’t believe the Republican party will ever say the words “47 percent” during a campaign again, however I absolutely believe they will continue to run on the same basic premise, which is that some Americans deserve to be treated as human beings while others have not earned that privilege.

I would say it’s natural given that their entire platform and culture is based on being exclusive rather than inclusive.

Are you one of the Job Creators? Did you pull yourself up by your own bootstraps? Are you enjoying great Success? No? Well, screw you.

This is reflected in virtually area of public policy. The idea is that some Americans deserve tax cuts and other forms of economic deferment while others do not, that some residents do not deserve to be citizens, and that the beliefs of the few should trump the rights of the many.

Or as George Carlin once put it — “It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it.” Everything they propose is aimed at maintaining the exclusiveness of the club.

Former Senator Jim DeMint’s salary at the Heritage Foundation is said to be in excess of $1 million per year.

  • trgahan

    In “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps?” you are referring to the people who didn’t need their dad to pull too many strings for that first six-figure job out of college, right? or is that the people who got their degree BEFORE the trust fund matured?

  • KanaW

    My response to those who tell people to ‘pull themselves up by their bootstraps’ is always ‘but what if they have no boots?’

  • Victor_the_Crab

    If Jesus ever exists, he’d come down and give Jim DeMint a good swift kick in his ballsack with a pair of steel toed boots.

  • muselet

    Yesterday, Ryan Grim pointed out just how vicious Jim DeMint’s statement was, not that most of us need reminding.

    I say again, let the people who are complaining about how cushy life is for those who get government assistance try to live on that (relative) pittance. Not a single one of them would last a week.