Wednesday, November 7, 2012

People Always Wanted Stuff

It always feels a little off sharing the truly terrible things people say, but I can't help commenting on Bill O'Reilly's little freakout last night.

Doesn't he realize when he says "Obama wins because it's not a traditional America anymore. The white establishment is the minority," "People want stuff," that traditional Americans wanted Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, subsidized employer provided healthcare, subsidized home mortgages, the Works Progress Administration, Veteran's Pensions, Veteran's Administration health benefits, AFDC, NASA, the National Parks System, interstate highways, food stamps, and a bunch of other stuff that I could keep listing.

So why is it that all this stuff that was originally passed for the benefit of traditional Americans back in that time we refer to as traditional America is now a problem that "the white establishment is now a minority?" I'd add most of these programs weren't regarded as problematic during America's best years in mid-century, and seem to have only become problematic when demographics began to change.

Reader, I'll leave it to you to figure out a non-racist explanation for this, cause I can't.

1 comment:

  1. SO maybe this is one reason why Puerto Rico will never become a state in the federation...