Massa Mitt Pisses & Calls It Rain


 

 

 

By Sikivu Hutchinson

Massa “I’ll piss on you Negroes from a great height and call it rain” Mitt shoulda been run out on a rail instead of booed at the recent NAACP convention.  After slobbering over the stereotypically devout Black audience with all God’s chilluns got wings bromides he went on to tell them he would repeal the Affordable Care Act because, don’t you know, none of us should rely on big govt unless we’re helming a hedge fund and wanking Big Brother.  Yes, he shoulda been run out on a rail and forced to do Mormon last rites at his multi-million dollar New Hampshire compound for the scores of black HIV/AIDS patients dropping dead every day.  Or provide long term coverage to the homeless student of mine (unable to find a job due to her felony conviction) who racked up thousands in emergency room costs for an ulcer.  Or play Florence Nightingale to the cousin who landed at the County hospital after suffering a gunshot wound; homicide and AIDS being leading causes of death for young black men.  But Massa Mitt was in good company today as the House voted to repeal ACA and release the pressure valve on two years of pent up white nationalist sound and fury over government handouts to poor folk only a fraction of whom will be covered by the ACA due to Red State refusals to expand Medicaid.

Of course, by buckling on single payer the Obama administration has been no friend to African Americans who have the highest unemployment rates (over 14% nationally), lowest life expectancy, and greatest residential segregation of any group in the country.  Back in 2009 when Obama was still fine-tuning his tough love message scolding Black America about sagging pants and deadbeat dads, African Americans were told that a rising tide lifts all boats.  There was no need for targeted government programs for jobless homeless African Americans because mainstream social welfare policies would benefit them equally.  Obama’s stance has always been disingenous given that the wealth gap between blacks and whites is staggering and even affluent blacks generally live in poorer neighborhoods than do lower-income whites.  As Margaret Kimberly of Black Agenda Report contends “Of course this black man is president in large part because he doesn’t identify with the political aspirations of black people. He famously said there is no black America or white America, and the degree to which he was embraced by millions of black people only adds to the denial of the severity of our situation.” Romney’s NAACP sideshow only obscures how miserably the Obama administration has failed African American communities in a GOP wet dream of post-racialism.

Comments

  1. jamessweet says

    I’m sorry, but this has been bugging me all day… since I live in the congressional district formerly represented by disgraced Congressman Eric Massa, I keep seeing this article out of the corner of my eye and thinking that there is some local news on FtB. Of course I know what you mean, but I keep seeing it… heh…

  2. says

    I’ve had to take someone off my friends list for praising her state for some such “we’re not going to acknowledge parts of the Obamacare”. Because folks too poor for insurance but not poor enough for Medicaid/care should just try really hard to not get sick, right?

  3. F says

    This is off the topic, but I have to say that Sikivu Hutchinson makes me laugh when delivering scathing commentary about awful things like Mittens and the ACA battles. It helps, sometimes, to laugh in disgust and anger at uncaring idiocy of these things.

  4. jesse says

    Small point: Obama didn’t cave on single payer. He took it off the table from the get-go.

    Obama never wanted to leave the insurance companies out — that was the deal from the start. The Democratic leadership (I’m looking at you Dodd and Lieberman) were bought by that industry long ago. The Wyden plan was ignored, quite deliberately, even though it was the best option proposed to get care to people cheaply and quickly. Obama had no interest in challenging the fundamentals of the status quo. The ACA is a nice first step, but it is only that.

    • says

      I agree with all of that, and have been (like many progressives) very disappointed with Obama for seemingly beginning every bargain at what should have been the compromise position. But, I do think the “first step” aspect of the ACA is invaluable. If we can make it through to 2014 without it being repealed, then any legislation which falls short of full coverage for every American will be a political non-starter. The same people braying for the “government to get its hands off my Medicare” will throw a shit fit of comparable proportions should there be any regression from what the ACA has accomplished. I think we can hope for a ratchet effect, where the next time there is a push for health care reform we will be starting from a much better baseline.

      • blackskeptics says

        Absolutely; in CA the Medicaid (Medical) expansion will have a huge impact, in addition to all of the other provisions (pre-existing conditions, women’s health, raising age of covered children, etc.).

    • blackskeptics says

      Yes, that’s true. However it was something bandied about (wishful thinking of course) by progressives as something the administration should push for.

  5. scotlyn says

    Boats with holes in them won’t be raised by any tide.

    Woe to those who deliberately poke holes in the hulls of small boats.

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