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Shakespeare's Sister

I know this is off topic, but as we all know, Right Wing Reactionaries hate gays at least as much as they hate the poor, and love peddling that hate more than just about anything. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is reintroducing the Federal Marriage Amendment. I've got some action items (they're quick and easy, I promise!) for anyone who wants to register their disgust and dissent. (Sorry for the blogwhore, Lance.)

Kevin Wolf

I do enjoy the clarity you bring to these issues, Lance. It really is as plain as that: hate and greed.


The greatest appeal with blaming the poor for being poor is that you can congratulate yourself on having gotten rich or not being poor. You know when you go about believing you owe your success to no one and that you made it on your own, it follows that you think that those who aren't as successful as you are, deserve the blame for being so. Thats maybe another reason to hate the poor.

Is it just the rich alone who hate the poor. I think the middle class is equally guilty of it too. Again that is shaped by what I saw in India, the ever present cries from the middle class to beautify the city (read demolish the slums and move the poor to some place where the middle class does not have to see them). Ofcourse the rich are right on top bemoaning the wrong image the slums send to the world.

It is not uncommon to see a term like breeding like rabbits thrown around when referring to the urban poor in Mumbai, the financial capital of India.

The poor are a pretty strong voting block in India, something the middle class wails about all the time. And I am guessing that it is no accident that the poor don't seem to have a vote at all here in the USA.

mrs. norman maine

Sorry to bring Hollywood into this, but this exchange between Mel Gibson and Linda Hunt has been seared into my brain ever since I saw "A Year of Living Dangerously" about 25 years ago.

Dialogue Between:
Billy Kwan, seasoned freelance photo-journalist based in Jakarta, Indonesia
Guy Hamilton, Journalist, neophyte, foreign correspondent from Australia
BILLY: And the people asked him, saying, what shall we do then?
GUY: What's that?
BILLY: It's from Luke, chapter three, verse ten. What then must we do? Tolstoy asked the same question. He wrote a book with that title. He got so upset about the poverty in Moscow that he went one night into the poorest section and just gave away all his money. You could do that now. Five American dollars would be a fortune to one of these people.
GUY: Wouldn't do any good, just be a drop in the ocean.
BILLY: Ahh, that's the same conclusion Tolstoy came to. I disagree.
GUY: Oh, what's your solution?
BILLY: Well, I support the view that you just don't think about the major issues. You do whatever you can about the misery that's in front of you. Add your light to the sum of light. You think that's naive, don't you?
GUY: Yep.
BILLY: It's alright, most journalists do.
"Add your light to the sum of light." Isn't that beautiful?

cali dem

Terrific useage of Hollywood, Mrs. Maine. This is what makes this blog one of the best in blogdom. First Lance writes a knockout post and its almost always followed by a thread of comments worthy of the original post.


But the poor are often surly and ungrateful. Why should we extend ourselves to aid them when, in many cases, we might unintentionally aid the undeserving?

Or, to read the wrinkles of many a glowering television Republican, not merely the undeserving, but the non-white undeserving?


"It's not shame being poor....but it's not a great honor either"



The majority of "the poor" work harder - at work, at life, at everything - than the majority of "the rich." That we have allowed the myth of the opposite to gain prominence by focusing on the exceptions to this rule is one of our great failings as a nation.

Red Tory

Sadly, the attitude that you’ve described here fits many those so-called conservatives who dearly wish to recreate the “gilded age” in a somewhat modernized incarnation. What is truly puzzling is why this has any appeal whatsoever to those who will be affected adversely by the fiscal policies of this administration. Hardly a novel observation, I know, the whole “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” thing, but it is rather inexplicable that people would sabotage their own best interests. Day by day, it seems that the distinction between the “poor” and “middle class” is diminishing.


Hey folks,
I recommend the book, 'Beggars in Spain,' for a bit more discussion about the poor and the moral obligations of society. It is a discussion I wish our country would have, but I don't see the posts here as likely to start it. You're so satisfied with your own conclusion that people who disagree with you are evilly motivated (hate and greed).

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