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Resisting the Fall from Grace

Ayayay, so much news, so many things to pay attention to. It’s exhausting. I have saved a TON of posts, articles, rants but it’s hard to know what should get the most attention. One thing I have concluded though is the current national crisis is the natural conclusion of our cultural and political narrative for the past 40 years. If you’re a libertarian, you should be absolutely loving this. This is your time to shine. That’s right, everybody is fending for themselves, children are being homeschooled and the free market system is completely, COMPLETELY unfettered, even for goods like N95 masks, disposable gowns, face shields, gloves and ventilators. Man o man it doesn’t get any better than this for the Howard Roark guys, amirite?

If only we could get all those Everymen off the government teat, their work would be done. Look at all the money we are spending on working people who didn’t plan to be unemployed. Everybody knows you should have 6 months of liquid assets in the bank before the economy tanks like it’s going to do periodically. (I’d say more like 5 years worth but what do I know? My savings lasted from 2011-2014 and I bought a house with cash at that point in time from the sale of my old house. I was that worried about a replay and here we are. This time I am employed, well, underemployed, and my income is unbudgeable. Who knows how long I’ll have a job? So I try not to spend money. Cue Krugman’s lecture on the paradox of scarcity but I digress🙄.)

Anyway, I can just see the anti-government, “don’t tread on me and my ability to lie, cheat and steal my way to wealth” crowd trying to figure out a way to stop average Americans asking for money for calories and shelter. Bunch of whiners. It’s like they think they’re citizens or something. Haven’t they been paying any attention to the way the enfranchisement of poor people has been going in the last 20 years?? The last thing we need is “entitled” Americans fomenting a rebellion, wiping out Congressional employees, I mean, Republicans (I’m taking about you Susan Collins) and implementing big structural changes that are long overdue so that the US of A joins the rest of the world in the 21st century. There will be new taxes and Elizabeth Warren throwing flags on the field and new health clinics, birthing centers and childcare centers next to the taco trucks on every corner.

It’s a fricking nightmare.

Time to activate the FREEEEEEDOM! Chip.

Let’s make the newly laid off people feel bad about being takers. Nevermind that they paid into the unemployment system all of their lives and none of this is their fault (unless the voted for it still support Trump but explaining how this works takes more than 40 seconds in an elevator so fuck it. They’ll have to learn the hard way.)

Let’s make them think they have a latent laziness character flaw that will be upregulated the minute they receive the threshhold amount of money that will keep them home. Forget that keeping people home is exactly the point and that the money is temporary. Let’s make them feel like they just don’t want to work and they’re only $600 dollars short of living the sweet life sipping sweet mint tea and smoking hash, swinging the day away in a hammock.

Here’s Lindsay Graham using the activation code yesterday:

Golly, that sounds like a baaaad thing. People are actually able to feed their families on the stimulus checks and extra unemployment benefits (not you, Florida. Your unemployment benefits website was designed to fail and you probably thought that was O. K. as long as it wasn’t you who had to use it.)

Yeah, let’s make it really difficult for single moms and POC and lazy people to stay afloat. Let’s make them jump through hoops, raise the bar, ratchet up the complexity with endless paperwork. Let’s really stress those families out. But not YOU. Oh, YOU’RE not like THEM? The system should work for YOU? You shouldn’t be forced to spend hours trying to login to a website or on hold in the phone to talk to a low level bureaucrat who sees you as not unique and special and extra responsible??

Horrors! It’s almost like you’ve become one of those lazy bums who wants to stay home and not work. No, no, YOU’RE not like that. YOU’RE a hardworking person who looks after yourself and practices rugged individualism. It’s different for you. If it weren’t different, then you might start seeing yourself differently. You might even start to feel a smidgeon of solidarity with unemployed people. There might be empathy for what other people are going through. You might be so disgusted with the way the unemployment office talks to you, like you were some kind of unworthy slacker instead of a decent, hardworking person who needs the benefits you paid into all of your life, and deserve, for just this eventuality.

Ha! Just wait until you try to get Medicaid when you lose your health insurance or find that you CAN keep your employer’s health insurance if you’re willing to pay for it through COBRA. No, you will not get a discount rate just because you are unemployed, are you kidding me?? Health insurance isn’t free or affordable for unemployed people just because they have very limited funds.

There is a possibility that the casual libertarian who perpetually votes Republican will need to distinguish him/herself from the riffraff they’ve been crapping on since Reagan rolled out the Cadillac driving welfare queen.

After all, you WANT to work. Work yourself to death even. Unlike all of the OTHER people who would rather live on subsistence wages and promise their children a day out at the Food Bank. And if it weren’t for those damn governors, especially the female Democrats in that bunch, you could do it too. You could get back the dignity that Lindsay Graham and Fox News and Rush Limbaugh are constantly threatening to strip from you.

There is a method to their message. Fall from Grace and you might as well go live in the ghetto.

Go to a protest, get your power back.

Yeah, don’t worry about unemployment. Darwin will take care of it.