The 2012 election was an exercise in surrealism. On the heels of massive unemployment caused by a deregulated financial sector gone mad with greed, Republicans put forth an accomplished corporate raider who had thrown untold numbers of people out of work. I suppose we’re lucky he wasn’t quite Republican enough, that he had the bad judgement to be born into a prominent Mormon family, but Mitt Romney came way closer to the gold last November than he should have by all that is sane and right.
It turns out he had allies in the most surprising of places:
Bloomberg — As the U.S. economy recovers from the worst recession since the Great Depression, the explosive growth of food stamps remains a lingering legacy. And now the program comes with an irony, as the Republicans seeking to cut it also represent vast numbers of recipients.
Among the 254 counties where food stamp recipients doubled between 2007 and 2011, Republican Mitt Romney won 213 of them in last year’s presidential election, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data compiled by Bloomberg. Kentucky’s Owsley County, which backed Romney with 81 percent of its vote, has the largest proportion of food stamp recipients among those that he carried.
I’m reminded of a Thomas Franks-Orwellian movie plot. Shoulder to shoulder the poor, the old, the sick, those living out their last few days shivering in cardboard boxes, marched fearlessly over the armed guards trying to hold them back. The mob broke down the fancy gates and ground the hissing, zipping electrified barbed wire with their own flesh. As if they were no longer human, a living lahar of giant soldier ants on the hot scent of a fresh kill.
Standing as one outside the landscaped rows of bushes and manicured lawn of the largest estate, some raised their fists, others torches and pitchforks. A deafening roar so loud it shattered third-story bay windows for miles around shook the ground and sky alike: “We Are Here To End Medicare & Cut Your Taxes!” they screamed …