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The GOP clearly doesn’t like poor people. Whether it’s Herman Cain telling 17 million unemployed Americans that if they don’t have jobs they have no one to blame but themselves, or the Republican governor of Maine adding his state to the growing list of states that want to require anyone applying for welfare benefits to submit to a drug test, or Mississippi becoming the 31st state to adopt stringent voter I.D. laws designed to suppress the votes of people less likely to have drivers’ licenses (how many millionaires take the bus?) — the GOP message is clear: Poor people are of no importance. So why shouldn’t they think they can have a little fun at their expense?
Our favorite Tea Party YouTube moment this week was Illinois Rep Joe Walsh screaming at his constituents, “Don’t blame banks, and don’t blame the marketplace, for the mess we’re in right now. I’m tired of hearing that crap!” Even shrieking at poor people is fashionable now.
Republicans clearly think they have little to fear from the poor and unemployed. Perhaps this is because of Citizens United, the disastrous Supreme Court decision that ruled that corporations have the same right to free speech as individuals, opening the floodgates for unlimited corporate influence in U.S. elections and making a mockery of our election system.
So, essentially, conservatives don’t like the poor, they’re making it harder for the poor to vote them out and subjecting them to humiliation is becoming a conservative sport. So what’s next in the playbook? What else can the GOP do to try to keep poor people in their place?
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What You (still) Don’t Know about Herman Cain