George Will’s editorial today in our Star-News about the evils of taxation and income redistribution almost had me. As Mr. Will said, government often gives our monies to those who neither need it or deserve it. He correctly states our monies often go to powerful interests but fails to identify those parties until the end of his editorial. Reading along, one thinks he’s talking about billions in tax subsidies to already highly profitable oil companies or capital gains tax breaks for the wealthy, bail-outs given to unethical banks and investment houses, and so on.
But no..at the end, Will tells us he is talking about those dirty conniving people who receive Social Security and Medicare. He seems to paint anyone receiving government benefits...unnamed but assumedly including unemployment or food stamps, etc., as lazy wasteful people taking monies from the virtuous and hard-working. You know, people who are jealous of what others have, but too lazy to earn it themselves. I’m surprised he didn’t attack veterans for receiving the taxpayer-funded largess of VA hospitals and services. Picture this: Jesus on the shore of the Galilee preparing to feed the multitude when Conservative Will runs up and says...”You’re not going to feed them all are you? That would be (gasp) socialism!”
Hat tip to the "Liberal Christians" page on Facebook for the line about (gasp) socialism. Lots of good stuff there that gets to the heart of the hypocrisy of "conservatives" and the evangelical right.