Only the Poor…

In between McDonald’s meals, home cooked GMO delights, and popping a few opioid pills to escape extreme pain and/or poverty, life in the richest country in the world is fantastic!  Don’t believe that…then just ask the guy with orange hair or about any neo-con radio or TV talking head shysters. In their sliver of a mind, life in the United States is absolutely wonderful. Trump is hitting is out of park, playing 12D chess with his detractors, and taking a machete to anything Obama did during his presidency – except, of course, slaying people with brown colored skin in sovereign nations far away, in which case he has exceeded Obama’s bomb-dropping parties.

But it’s not so good if you happen to be poor and living in the United States, contrary to the callused eye of Washington’s criminal cabal.

About 40 million citizens in the United States live in poverty, 18.5 million in extreme poverty, and 5.3 million live in Third World conditions of absolute poverty, so says a recent United Nations report (pdf) which condemns the US for ‘deliberately’ creating devastating poverty.

The poor among us are easy targets for those not poor, especially from government “officials” living on our tax dollars in Washington. Life is GOOD for these freeloaders of a different kind.

Back in January, Trump launched an attack on Medicaid recipients by pushing work requirements.  Damn right…freeloaders…get out there and get one of those minimum wage jobs and pull yourselves up out of the quagmire of misery that Washington has created.

Yet as it always seems to be, what Washington provides as a blueprint of truth, is, in reality, nothing more than choice guano spread on the stale bread that Washington offers as sustenance to the poor, the disadvantaged, the elderly, the homeless, and those citizens, who, for many reasons, are down and out.

A Kaiser Family Foundation study published last month found that 80 percent of adult Medicaid recipients “live in working families, and a majority are working themselves.”

“Among the adult Medicaid enrollees who were not working, most report major impediments to their ability to work including illness or disability or care-giving responsibilities,” the study adds. – via commondreams.org

Details, details, details.  Things this administration, and those warmongering administrations of the past, could give a shyte about.

$717 Billion in taxpayer monies sent to the military industrial complex – no problem.  Continue to assist the poor, the less fortunate, the suffering in your own country – well, now that’s a problem.

But it seems it’s a double bonus for Washington.  Lay to waste a few hundred of thousands of “terrorists” (except those you fund) in other countries, and find a way to punish the poor for being poor, and enabling more misery to come their way.

And when you’re a (not-so) clever Commander in Chief, you sign into law a $1.5 Billion tax cut, touting it as “a bill for the middle class”, and out of the other side of your pie-hole say, “Corporations are literally going wild over this, I think even beyond my expectations.”

 Acknowledging that inequality in the U.S. has been rising rapidly for around five decades, the report argues that the Trump administration’s policies—particularly its $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to the rich and large corporations—”seem deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest, punish those who are not in employment, and make even basic healthcare into a privilege to be earned rather than a right of citizenship.” via antimedia.com.

mihaly-koles-630421-unsplashIt’s easy to stick it to the poor here in America. It’s too easy to believe they are “ne’er do wells”, who, living in the land of opportunity (as long as they have the basic privileges) can magically create scenario’s by which they time travel beyond their present misfortunes, and just like Washington prints money with nothing to back it, can manifest a new life overnight. So easy to discount the lives of the poor, particularly when one has never missed a meal, never spent a night in a car or on the street because all have abandoned them and have never been without the basics – and Washington continues to stick it them.

Consider that a record 95.9 million Americans are no longer in the workforce.

What was perhaps more interesting, however, is that for all the talk that the slack in the labor force is set to decline, precisely the opposite is taking place, because in May, the number of people not in the labor force increased by another 170K, rising to 95.915 million, a new all time high.

Adding to this the 6.1 million currently unemployed Americans, there are 102 million Americans who are either unemployed or out of the labor force (and it is also worth noting that of those employed 26.9 million are part-time workers).

In other words, contrary to prevailing economist groupthink, there is a lot of slack in the economy, and if as the latest Beige Book revealed, employers are now hiring drug addicts and felons to make up for the shortage of qualified candidates, a long time will be pass before wages see significant gains. – via zerohedge.com

We all have a day of reckoning.  If you don’t believe in that, then a day when our “karma” comes round to face each of us, one way or another, as sure as Washington’s continued shenanigans continue to lay to waste not only their own, but innocents in lands far away, cannot be avoided.

Ignoring and excusing the present-day shysters of their disgraces won’t keep our personal hangman at bay. Excusing Washington’s excursions of death and destruction upon innocents as they ignore the devastation of their own people only tells us that the care, the compassion, the concern they express for anyone outside their world of decay and duplicity, is nothing more than the penny the crass soul throws at the down-and-out human soul standing on the side of the road, asking for just a bit of compassion.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Tonight’s musical offering:

(A bit of something different than what is usually offered here from the Asylum…just because – whether poor or rich, on our deathbeds, we hope for someone to remember us…just because of the love they had for us…and of the love we had for them)

“Because” – The Dave Clark Five

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