It’s funny to watch your ideological opponants come around to “discovering” that what you’ve been saying all along is true.
Bill Hobbs, for instance, says:
The first goal of a bureaucracy is self-preservation of the bureaucracy, and the best tools to achieve that goal are expanding the size and scope of the bureaucracy and extending its reach further and further into more and more people’s lives.
Was he talking about the TNGOP’s efforts to extend the government’s reach into my vagina? No, of course not. But isn’t it funny to see these folks who are constantly braying for the government to intrude into the my personal decisions right here in this state moaning about the government of another state intruding into those people’s personal decisions?
And then, here’s Ben Cunningham trying to sound the alarm about how more men are losing jobs than women (a kind of gendered recession, if you will). To which I ask, “Oh, excuse me, isn’t that how your beloved free market works? Here are a bunch of overeducated folks who are still paid less than this group of undereducated folks for bullshit reasons we’ve been complaining about since the 70s and earlier and your feelings are hurt that the cheap educated labor is in higher demand than the expensive uneducated labor? Well, then, sweetie, maybe you should have fought harder for us to be paid the same as you. Sucks when the uneven playing field backfires on you, doesn’t it?”
It’s not that I’m not sympathetic. I am.
It’s just that we’ve been saying for a long time that these mindsets are going to bite us all in the ass and the conservatives have been acting as if, as long as what’s happening doesn’t affect them, it’s okay.
And, frankly, it’s not okay.
(See, Newscoma for more about the not-okay-ness of our current situation. Please dwell upon these sentences: “We are sharing food at the office. Some folks don’t eat if we don’t so we do.” And let me make it clear what you are reading here. Working people cannot afford to eat and buy gas. Rex Tillerson, who runs Exxon Moble makes over four million dollars a year. Just saying.)