Saturday, October 9, 2010

Let Them Eat Cake

So, on BookTV they're going to be talking about a book, "Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Middle Class". Whenever I hear something that sounds like it's advocating making the filthy rich, richer, alarm bells go off in my head. Now, I obviously have not read the book, and to be honest, probably wouldn't waste my time now that I have looked up who the author is. Or rather, who she's affiliated with. Her name is Claire Gaudiani, and she's a senior fellow at a non-profit, the 'Institute for American Values' (guess who's probably paying her money to say that there should be no regulation of non-profits, you get three guesses). They don't want divorce, they want "traditional values" (again, I say alarm bells go off in my head every time I hear these words), and they have a 'Center for Marriage and Families' that promotes such homophobic people like Maggie Gallagher. They say that gay marriage isn't good for children, and I think, imply that it would be better for a woman to stay with a husband who's beating her "for the sake of the children." Bull shit. Absolute utter tripe.

I don't need to say that the last thing we need to do is make the uber-rich, richer is it? What is this? Serfdom? In America? So that the poor can go and ask for alms at a church service like our ancestors did in Europe seven hundred years ago? What's next, are we going to have to swear fealty to some overlord? Really?

This shit is the antithesis of everything democratic. Making the rich, richer, does NOT strengthen the middle class. A lack of regulation means that those with the money get away with things they shouldn't, and they trod all over the poor. No middle class means no more democracy. No middle class and you have France prior to the French Revolution (gee, how did that turn out for the uber-wealthy?) or Mexico today. And they're trying to pander to the Center and Left by saying that it's "for everyone". Bull shit. I call it a bunch of lies. They can take their right-wing, facist tendencies and shove them where the sun doesn't shine.


  1. They want to go back to the days when the poor were taken care of only by the charitable graces of the wealthy and The Church, and were allowed to line up at the back door of the castle to scoop up the slop and chewed-over leftovers of the master's feast.
    "Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it." -- George Sand
    "There's a divine majesty in the law, which in its magnificent equality, prohibits the rich as well as the poor from sleeping under bridges at night and begging in the streets for bread." -- Anatole France

  2. You're completely right Farnsworth, because honestly, what better way to control people? If you step out of line, you don't get anything. If you don't convert to whatever version of Christianity is in charge, you don't get anything. If you don't do what they say, you starve to death. As they say, it's good to be King. Unless you're not.

  3. remember in the summer of '09, the healthcare townhalls when a GOP'er told a woman who was in need of help for her sick husband to ask her neighbors?! These people are utterly clueless and yes, they do want to take us back to medieval times!