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Rosemary Reeves, Blogger, standing on Philadelphia Skyline

Aug 29, 2011

Attacks Against the Poor - Yellow Alert

by Rosemary Reeves


ALERT STATUS - ELEVATED


Those on public assistance of some kind (many of whom are the working poor) have always been stigmatized.  Because of this stigma, they have been demeaned and degraded by the public at large for generations.  But until now, no politician would ever target the poor in a political speech, nor would any member of the media, for fear of being viewed as bigoted and perhaps even fascist.

Political attacks on low-income people seemed to start back in January 2010 with Lt. Gov. of South Carolina Andre Bauer, who compared poor folks to "stray animals."  His comments are on this video.  Bauer got a lot of criticism for his remarks, but the tide is turning.  It is now acceptable to politically attack low-income Americans, to use them as a patsy for our bad economy, and to target them as a group in a Nazi-style fascist scapegoating strategy to get votes.

Watch this video on Current.com of  CNN anchor Cheryl Costello attacking the poor by raising the question of whether low-income folks are responsible for America's bad economy.

Turncoat Rick Scott, the Governor of Florida who once lived in public housing himself, has claimed that poor people do more drugs than those not on public assistance.  You can view his anti-poor attacks on this video of the Rachel Maddow Show.  Note how he hesitates for a moment before answering "Absolutely" to Maddow's question of whether he really believes poor people do more drugs than the rest of the populace.  Feeling a little guilty, Rick?  Since your parents lived in public housing too once, does that mean they were grooving on psychodelic drugs, baby?  Rick Scott knows what he's saying about those on public assistance is contrary to his own experience and that's why he falters and stutters a bit just before he replies "Absolutely."

Rick Scott's law to drug test those in public housing or on public assistance of any kind has been used to track actual drug use by the poor.  The results are in and the rate is 6.7% lower than the national average, proving that low-income folks are actually LESS likely to take drugs than the general populace.  That must be pretty embarrassing for Turncoat Rick and his political cronies. 

Cornell West, author and Professor at Princeton University, characterizes this political turn of events as a "class war."  This blog will feature the attacks against the poor alert status scale regularly.

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