Thoughts travel quickly in the GOP echo chamber, and George Will is one of the many flat, white walls that bounce them back. And like most walls, Will doesn’t really care how idiotic the original noise (by God, somebody said it), and he’s going to bounce it back.
Today, we reported on Sen Roy Blunt’s (R-Mo.) assertion that Obamacare was going to make people lazy…which itself was either the genesis of, or repetition of, similar thoughts voiced by Koch puppet Paul Ryan. It’s hard to tell in the echo chamber.
Following the segment in which Blunt made his assertions, Fox “News” own George Will added his two cents on the matter. As is the standard procedure in the echo chamber, Will basically repeated what his predecessors said, but ran it out and tried to make it sound smarter.
Chris Wallace said, following a clip of Paul Ryan:
“So, this sounds like a GEICO commercial, George. But is giving people a cheaper way to get health insurance without working so much — is that a good thing or a bad thing?”
George Will replied:
“It’s a bad thing but it’s an intended thing. No one should be surprised about this. Everything big government does has big consequences. When it has taxes, it changes the incentive structure for citizens. When it has payments which are 67 percent of the federal budget, it changes the incentive structure.”
People forget Social Security was advocated, Chris, in the 1930s, as a way of getting people to quit working, because they thought we were confined to a permanent scarcity of jobs in this country. Second, it is the point of progressivism, is to put in front of the American people an increasingly rich menu of temptation to dependency on government.
In order to change social norms and eventually national character, the president said, “I want to fundamentally change America”, and these disincentives to work are part of it.
In other words: “You’re too dumb to succeed on your own, so just dig ditches. Peon.”
Of course, that isn’t REALLY the assertion. That, regardless of its ugliness, is just a mask hiding a far uglier face and more insidious agenda. That being, to keep the populace in its place, comfortably working to survive, beholden to the rich and powerful, rather than advancing itself. Because advancement inevitably leads to competition, and that’s something the GOP’s corporate sponsors have explicitly forbade.
But…fine, George. We’ll just say you’re speaking superficially, that keeping a person in poverty, working for nothing but survival, is the surest path to success. Poverty is noble, and the poor are forced to make better decisions as a means to lift themselves out of their circumstances. OK, then. Let’s take a trip down Memory Lane, as the echo chamber tries to square a letter (originally published on the Huffington Post, and then a follow-up from AATTP in December) with its assertions.
So please, GOP Echo Chamber, read this, and then tell us how poverty and working for nothing precede the good decision making that allows a person to capitalize on “opportunity.” Then repeat after yourselves the answers back…that seems to be your thing.