No-effort miracle remedies are by no means limited to dieting schemes or any particular ideology. But of course, being the hyper-partisan atheist asshole some accuse me of on a regular basis, it didn’t escape my laser like focus that that’s how the right-wing often markets itself these days.
Want to lower the deficit? Why slash revenue, yeah, that’s it, lower or eliminate taxes on the wealthy and not only will the gigabucks roll into the Treasury turning all that red ink into green, the dollars will trickle down off the shoulders of our betters like a sing-song stair-step waterfall and drown all of us in prosperity.
You got laid off, with two kids starting college in a week, and found out you have super expensive chick cancer all in one lousy summer month? That’s God-eh testing you — and even thinking about asking for evidence that you’re being tested is out of bounds. Don’t think, don’t analyze, just pucker up and kiss Hank’s ass. And by kiss ass, I mean give me all your remaining savings. AKA tithe, by all that is Holy, trust the Lord and show it with a substantial tithe to my Church of Me. Unless the tithe is so big it hurts, it doesn’t count, it won’t work.
Want to help the unemployed and underemployed? Cut every program that helps them to the bone, no more government help or disability filings or work programs repairing crumbling infrastructure, that’s just a hand out. Repeal Obamacare and end things like FMLA and COBRA. Make them desperate, riddle them with anxiety, otherwise they have no incentive to get off that sweet $900/month unemployment habit and $114/month food stamp addiction. If you cared, if you really, truly cared, that’s how you help them.
The only way to achieve peace is by waging perpetual, unilateral war. The only way to preserve freedom is by signing it away. Minority rights are best insured by dismantling equal protections laws. Level the playing field for students by concentrating low performing, poor kids in one school and then award funding to that district based on how they perform. It just never fucking stops.
I used to wonder why some older people were so cynical. Now I know. I have lived long enough to see the same scams, the same discredited failed debunked self-serving marketing schemes get shot down only to be resurrected and presented anew as if someone just thought them up, and still work. And more often than not there is a kernel in there somewhere, the equivalent of eat all you want and still lose weight.
One of the best things about blogging here is you hard-nosed, pragmatic, argumentative, over-picky, detail-oriented skeptics do not fall for that bullshit in anywhere near the numbers of the general population.