Pat Buchanan: No Food Stamps Unless Poor Turn to Cannibalism
October 8, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Pat Buchanan, MSNBC’s resident race-baiter and bigoted xenophobe, is falling into line like a good Republican soldier and joining Newt Gingrich’s call to vilify poor people and their need of food stamps to survive the recession. Using old fashioned class warfare during political campaigns is nothing new. And Buchanan and Gingrich are the fathers of odious social wedge issues, rife with coded racism and used to stoke resentment against the poor. Buchanan makes his contribution to Gingrich’s anti-food stamps cause in a piece he penned for the right-wing birther blog WorldNetDaily. As usual, Buchanan manages to take his bigotry to such extremes that he becomes a caricature in unintended self-mockery. Buchanan suggests that there are no starving people in America, because the poor are not so desperate that they have resorted to cannibalism.
Buchanan’s exercise in bigotry and heartlessness, entitled “Food Stamp Nation,” rails against food stamps and all entitlement programs. He longs for a return to the days before the New Deal, when no safety net existed for the poor.
“What a changed country we have become in our expectations of ourselves. A less affluent America survived a Depression and world war without anything like the 99 weeks of unemployment insurance, welfare payments, earned income tax credits, food stamps, rent supplements, day care, school lunches and Medicaid we have today.”
Buchanan derides the poor and unemployed as lazy freeloaders.
“We have a new division in America: those who pay a double fare, and those who forever ride free.”
And because Buchanan doesn’t see corpses in the street or Americans resorting to cannibalism, he concludes that hunger doesn’t exist.
“If you would chart America’s decline, this program is a good place to begin. As a harbinger of the Great Society to come, in early 1964, a Food Stamp Act was signed into law by LBJ appropriating $75 million for 350,000 individuals in 40 counties and three U.S. cities.”
“Yet, no one was starving. There had been no starvation since Jamestown, with such exceptions as the Donner Party caught in the Sierra Nevada in the winter of 1846-47, who took to eating their dead.”
And of course, those “other” people Buchanan doesn’t care for, he casts as the major recipients of food stamps.
“Among the reasons is family disintegration. Forty percent of all children in America are now born out of wedlock. Among Hispanics, it is 51 percent. Among African-Americans, it is 71 percent.”
“Food stamps are feeding children abandoned by their own fathers. Taxpayers are taking up the slack for America’s deadbeat dads.”
CNN’s Roland Martin slammed the right-wing’s attack on the food stamp program, led by Newt Gingrich, during a deep recession when nearly 10 percent of Americans are unemployed.
“I don’t know of anyone who really wants and desires to have to apply for food stamps. Liberals, conservatives, independents, Democrats and Republicans all want jobs. Wanting a paycheck isn’t a conservative value, nor is it the sole province of liberals. Every one of us would like to be paid for our services, and it cheapens the political dialogue to see a so-called smart man deploy such a childish game plan.”
“Newt, anyone who is so crass as to want to capitalize on the misfortune of Americans in one of the most difficult economic times we’ve seen in generations doesn’t deserve to want to represent those same individuals.”
Buchanan tries to make the case that the food stamp program has caused a “spiritual and moral disintegration” of our society.
Buchanan should be well versed in such disintegration, because his unseemly attack on the poor exposes the bigoted pundit as morally bankrupt.
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