Open Thread - Thurs 12 May 2022 - Means Testing is Mean...
David Sirota and Andrew Perez wrote an article about Means Testing for the Lever about a week ago. I found it very interesting, and enraging, and think you might find it so as well.
Basically, they wrote about what they call the 'means-testing con' and how it has been adopted and promulgated by Democrats, most recently, of course, Biden and his crew of @ssh*les, to reduce federal spending on much wanted and needed social programs.
Call it the means-testing con — the idea that social programs should not be universal, and should instead only be available to those who fall below a certain income level. It is a concept eroding national unity and being carried forward by wealthy pundits and a Democratic Party that has discarded the lessons of its own universalist triumphs like Social Security, Medicare, and the GI Bill.
They point out that recent actions, such as limiting covid 19 relief and the expanded child tax credit show that
Democrats’ zeal for means-testing is no anomaly — it is a deeply held ideology that is both dangerous for the party’s electoral prospects and for the country’s fraying social contract.
And it's interesting, isn't it, how there's never means testing for giveaways to the rich, like tax breaks and such.
Have you ever noticed that demands for means-testing only emerge during debates over social programs for the non-rich?
Yeah, that’s the tell — the one that lets you know means-testing isn’t anti-oligarchy, it is pro-immiseration and otherization.
I don't think the Democrat Party leadership cares, really, about removing means-testing or abolishing anything else that hurts the majority of Americans. For example, they have now walked back their promise of student debt cancellation to something that will be a means-tested 10k, maybe.
Even if one qualifies for a social program, applying for something that is means-tested, like medical, or food, or housing aid, or... whatever, is so complicated that many people can't do it. Maybe they can't even understand the long process of complicated steps to make an application. They simply fall through the cracks and no-one in the government seems to care. Even when the government is trying to make it simple, such as the WA state government and their AppleHealth (Medicaid) care, it's difficult. Most people have to use a middle-person to help them do their applications. I had to, to get AppleHealth care. The hospital helped me, hoping I'd use the health care 'insurance' to agree to their 30k operation. I didn't, I settled for a 1k cast (I broke my ankle very badly), and used the insurance to pay for it. Heh.
As I've said recently in a comment, Democrats won't stand up for the little people about anything and fight for them, ever. This great article by Sirota and Perez adds more evidence to support that truth, and even offers a few ideas to solve the problem, not that the Dems will ever want to solve it.
Obviously, I've given up on almost all of the Democrats. I'm too far left, they don't appeal to me. I'm looking at some of the 'minor' parties.
And now, something a bit more fun... here's the little buck, Lucky Strike.
And here he is marching with his mom, Blondie, to the hay rick. They were in perfect lockstep. Except for the fact that Lucky had to walk about three times as fast to keep up!
So, thanks for reading and here's the open thread - and remember, everything is interesting if you dive deep enough!