"If you're Poor, Blame Yourself!" - Herman CainThe Doors of Perception can be fouled easier than cleansed...
Conservatives are a difficult bunch to understand. States which routinely vote for Republicans receive more in Federal tax monies than they pay in Federal Income Tax. Yet, conservatives are vehement in their demand to make severe and deep cuts into the social safety net.
I'm tempted to demand all those who vote Republcians take their shirts off so we can see The Puppetmasters clinging to their backsides.
A New York Times article highlights that amongst the sinking middle class and the very poor there are those who rely heavily upon Government assistance but believe the programs should be eliminated and vote for candidates who propose the biggest cuts in Governmental Aid.
There are many possible reasons for this very odd behavior. But, I believe the three strongest factors are: the Republican Party and the 1% effort to make successful government programs seem as though they aren't actually government programs. First turn the benefit invisible and then eliminate it.
Next, there is the non-stop constant refrain of blaming poor people for their situation. If you aren't wildly successful in America it's due to some inherent flaw or fault in yourself. The despicable Herman Cain epitomized this belief shared by the Right-Wing Elites during those ghastly Republican Debates.
Lastly, this is a case of having been duped and lied to for so long it's easier to believe you weren't actually deceived for decades and are actually holding correct beliefs. Once a conservative no longer needs the propagandist to tell them lies and they lie to themselves they are lost to the Alternate Conservative Reality.
By turning wildly popular and successful government programs invisible, making people internalize guilt, blame and shame about being poor and then force-feeding Right-Wing lies and propaganda until the person doesn't know anything else, the Modern Conservative Movement has enough Americans believing if only the Nation was more conservative and more tilted to the 1% things would be better.
Thus while Piss Down Your Back Reaganomics and the Bush Tax cuts continue to Transfer Wealth to the 1% the conservative has entered a trance like state where they utter right-wing catch phrases as though they are mantras.
Lower Taxes... Lower Taxes... Job Creators... Job Creators... Government Hands Off My Medicare... Ohm...
Repeat the Right-Wing Mantras:Reach Economic Nirvana!
It's clear that for 20-25% of the American people no amount of facts, figures, evidence will ever change their minds. Because their brains are to warped, to damaged by to much Faux News, to many Heritgage Foundation Reports and to much hate.
But, it's the 1% and their Reactionary Mind, which is truly frightening. The True Horror of which has become apparent to millions of Americans.