Close your eyes and envision images of "Welfare Queens." Yes, I am asking that you think not only regarding gender, I am asking to image regarding race and the degree to which the perpetrator is progressive. Was your image that of a woman? How about the race of the offender? I will wager your imagery included an inner city denizen. Did your imagery include one of the most conservative cults in the nation?
If you did not envision as I suspected you would, then you are a true progressive with an open mind and probably a highly informed American.
Recently, our national news included the following image and story.
Yes, of course, the nation has far too many who abuse federal Health Services programs (specifically SNAP Programs) and the demographics span the full spectrum of US life. Yet the reality is such openness regarding welfare fraud isn't a useful tool for the political right. Pictures like the image above simply don't offer the GOP opportunity to twist your mind into that of a race hating sycophant. In more simple terms the GOP "southern strategy" needs imagery of the black woman inner city dweller with far too many kids who lives off the state.
Do you recall the guy pictured just below?
|Warren Jeffs. Hint: think of underaged girls as wives or sexual companions sanctioned via religious cultism.|
Warren Jeffs is in prison. but it seems his cult continues to abuse American society. Let's visit with Lyle Jeffs and Food Stamp fraud.
In 2013, Pew Research published a quick read analysis of the politics of welfare (food stamps).Leaders of a radical Mormon offshoot group were arrested Tuesday for allegedly conspiring to defraud the food stamps program by charging off fictional purchases at stores the group owned.The 11 men and women arrested are members of Warren Jeffs’ Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including his brothers Lyle and Seth. The two have run Jeffs’ outfit since he was convicted of sexually assaulting two young women he described as his wives. Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison for the statutory rapes, which took place when the girls were 12 and 15 years old.“This indictment is not about religion. This indictment is about fraud,” U.S. Attorney John Hubersaid Tuesday in announcing the charges.The details of the case run counter to the image of food stamps fraud commonly tossed about in the media, in which undeserving individuals trick the government to let them sign up for benefits. Conservatives often use such eligibility fraud claims to justify support for cutting the budget of one of the nation’s anti-poverty programs.
Maybe, just maybe a day will come when the American public will awaken to the reality of GOP politics and the party's contribution to increasing racial divides. Until then, let's just settle for the 2016 barrage of news coverage of the nation's number one reality show candidate for president: The Donald Trump Show.