The Social Experiment Sep20

The Social Experiment...

The Toyota Prius is the most economical vehicle in the US. They are quiet, get 48.5 mpg and have comfortable back seats. Despite some conservative tabloid misinformation campaigns* there are no manufacturing or emissions drawbacks created by the Prius. They don’t require higher maintenance. They don’t consume a higher rate of any raw materials. Even the former director of the CIA drives one and has been quoted saying there is a “patriotic obligation to drive more efficient vehicles”. The proposed experiment goes like this. Find any flag waving, armchair facebook patriot blog or forum that allows 3rd party contributions and post a picture of a Toyota Prius with an open invite to caption the image. The result is like throwing red meat to a pack of starving dumb animals. A frenzy of hate that will have nothing to do with preference or styling … but political stereotypes involving queers, hippies and diesel trucks memes.     When did it get this stupid? Its no secret that the oil companies funnel billions in lobbyist funding to republicans who often pander to the knuckle dragging Ted Nugents of the world. Consequently their propaganda machines perpetuate a negative image of anything that threatens oil consumption. But the mystery is how far past common sense this goes. This isn’t division over social issues like abortion or gay marriage … predicated on junk science or mythology that some are just too stupid to look past. This is staring at a technological advancement that mutually benefits everyone … and then saying  fuck it because it opposes the motives of those they unconditionally (and non-reciprocally) support. Political division has literally escalated to a point where its unfashionable to even respect cars that are economical … because they get good gas mileage and good gas...

Blame the Poor Sep15

Blame the Poor

So my inbox is full of activist alerts that Republicans are in the process of ‘gutting’ welfare. From what I understand that cuts are only going to apply to able-bodied recipients with no kids. A few thoughts on this … First, anyone capable of using a calculator should be able to figure out this isn’t the ‘problem’ with our budget. Welfare constitutes a small fraction of government spending and the effort being expended cutting a small portion of this program will fix nothing. If anything the expected results would be A. more unwanted kids for qualification and B. higher incarceration rates. Regardless … saving money was never the point. To qualify my position … I dont care about the well-being of people. Contrary to pro-welfare stereotypes, I just dont sympathize with the poor not eating nor do I make political decisions based on it. We are over-populated and until people are willing to embrace Eugenic policies the problem needs to fix itself somehow. My position is admitted callous but honest. For this reason I am not opposed to cutting welfare under the above circumstances. There is truth to the fact that its ease of availability does discourage many from becoming self-sufficient. The system itself provides little incentive to not use it when considering benefits vs minimum wage. Republicans however seem to be campaigning on the myth that its the poor people, and poor people alone who are draining the middle class. Not the billions in corporate welfare, the predatory nature of american business, the unnecessary wars the american public was lied into, excessive military spending, mis-allocated government contracts, or Wall Street Bank bailouts …  but the poor people who buy candy bars with foodstamps. Its a brilliant plan because poor people are easy targets....