I lived in South Carolina for six years. If you watched the last debate, you will firmly understand why South Carolina battles it out with Mississippi each year to showcase the worst educational system in the country. At times I felt like I was watching what I imagine the Roman Colosseum crowds to be like -lots of large, angry mobs. It is no accident, of course, that Gingrich's coded racial slurs fell on some excited ears.
First, let's establish the fact that it doesn't take Jesse Jackson to understand that Gingrich is indeed race-baiting. He has openly declared that food stamps are mostly a black problem. He also has implicitly implied that they are a bunch lazy do-nothings who can't ween themselves off the government's crack. Let's face it. Newt's racism is just good politics. In a state like South Carolina, Gingrich will have no trouble finding scads of older, white voters, who while they prefer to keep their biases secret, love hearing Newt sticking it to the food stamp bums. Newt gives their prejudices an aura of intellectual satisfaction.
Unfortunately, as others have said before, Newt is what stupid people think a smart person sounds like. His food stamps routine have barely a foothold in reality.
1). There are way more white people on food stamps than black people. Sorry Newt, facts are facts.
2). Barack Obama has done precious little to increase the amount of food stamp recipients. The reasons why there are so many on food stamps is because there are lot more poor people due to that little thing we call the recession. But Newt doesn't do economics, he does propaganda. Furthermore, the states have had a larger role in food stamps policy than President Obama.
3). Most food stamp recipients work. Over half of the new food stamp recipients since the past decade are working families with kids. In fact, the system is designed to help those people in particular. Food stamps are not meant to replace a family's wages so they don't have to work. They are meant to supplement the wages of those under the poverty line.
4). Newt is also the Republican candidate whose tax proposals would create the largest economic disparities in America, thus insuring the need for more food stamps. But again, I repeat, Newt's incoherent approach to public policy is not really that incoherent if you understand his politics. He wants to win the South Carolina primary and he knows that speaking in racial code is the way to do it.
The surest fire way to kick me out of the Republican Party is have Newt as its representative. He has spent the past thirty years of his life trying to destroy anyone who gets in his path for power and money. He is an empty shell of a man who will privately support anything as long as you throw enough cash his way while he will publicly supports the opposite with not the slightest trace of shame or consternation. I think that instead of watching the debates tonight, I am going to enjoy watching one of Newt's ex-wives talk up his past indiscretions.
And I really don't care whether she is lying about his desires for an open marriage. Those who live by the sword, die by the sword. Newt deserves to have his character assassinated.
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