Paul Krugman took on the argument that America is becoming a nation of takers.
Right-wing intellectuals and politicians live in a bubble in which denunciations of those bums on disability and those greedy children getting free health care are greeted with shouts of approval — but now have to deal with a country where the same remarks come across as greedy and heartless (because they are).
The New York Times columnist pointed to Republican criticism of the increase in people who receive Social Security payments for disability.
Yes, there has been some liberalization of the criteria — if you have multiple interacting conditions or mental illness, you may qualify in ways you didn’t before — but that liberalization is pretty reasonable, he said. It’s still quite hard to qualify for DI.
Even more telling, Krugman said, is the rhetoric used by conservatives when discussing so-called entitlement programs.
"What strikes me, however, isn’t just the way the right is trying to turn a reasonable development into some kind of outrage; it’s the political tone-deafness."
Krugman has long-contested the notion that people who receive government aid are takers. Last month, he said that "cutting Social Security benefits is a cruel, stupid policy."
ironically, the red states are the ones who take the most. they don't consider themselves 'takers' but consider everyone else, especially dark-skinned people, 'takers'. but how does this relate to Alcoa?
"ironically, the red states are the ones who take the most. they don't consider themselves 'takers' but consider everyone else, especially dark-skinned people, 'takers'"
"It's amazing" that more "dark skinned people" are unemployed under a similarly pigmented potus after all that "hope and change" redistribution of other people's money. But one shouldn't blame the messiah's most loyal sheeple, since they only believe what the Libocrits tell them...
"The December unemployment rate for African-Americans, however, rose to 14.0 percent, compared to 13.2 in November. The overall unemployment figure also was slightly higher at 7.8 from 7.7 percent."
"At the beginning of the Obama administration, 12.7 percent of black adults seeking work were unemployed."
"Paul Krugman took on the argument that America is becoming a nation of takers."
Libocrits do believe that UI andf food stamps are the "best" and "most direct" ways to stimulate the economy. And Obushma has certainly proved that incompetence is a Libocrit's best friend, seeing as how that belief and his "laser focus" have brought unemployment "down" to 7.8% after spending more of other people's money than anyone in the history of mankind...
LOL I think the original poster just dropped into this planet yesterday. This is a country of takers who now have the gun and a leader [Obama] to take more from the productive. The slaves have turned into the masters and working people are now the TAX slaves.