For example, when asked a question about welfare 2 days before the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum replied “I don’t want to make Black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.” The problem is that the question didn’t mention blacks at all, and statistically far more whites receive low-income assistance than blacks. But somehow the word “welfare” has become coded as referring to blacks.
In addition to the quote in the comic, Newt Gingrich called Obama “the most successful food stamp president in American history.” I’m not even sure what that’s supposed to mean, but it sure sounds like someone tossing out red meat to the base.
UPDATE: Here’s some commentary from Jen Sorensen on her comic:
You’d think that decades in politics would knock the racist claptrap out of someone like Newt Gingrich, but, well, this is the GOP we’re talking about. Instead, he just substitutes polite-sounding phrases like “African-American community” and “demand paychecks” for “those lazy blacks.” How does one go about demanding a paycheck, anyway? I’d like to be able to do that, and have one show up. That would be cool.
The dialogue in the third panel refers to Ron Paul’s Paranoid Kook Reports, which contained the theory that the LA riots only came to a halt because everyone went to pick up welfare checks. And right-wing noise machine poopshoveler Brent Bozell said on Fox News that Obama looked like a “skinny ghetto crackhead.” Rick Santorum has also made similar comments to Newt’s.
For data on food stamp usage, I looked at this USDA report (big PDF, via the ThinkProgress article linked above; page 75 has the breakdown) and this, which documents disproportionate rural usage, largely by children.
A few days ago, GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum put his foot in his mouth by saying “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”
Santorum allegedly made the controversial comments when discussing welfare in an interview Wednesday night with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, but he maintained that people misheard the word “black” when he stumbled on a word.
“I looked at that, and I didn’t say that. If you look at it, what I started to say is a word and then sort of changed and it sort of - blah - came out. And people said I said ‘black.’ I didn’t,” Santorum said while smiling away.
“And I can tell you, I don’t use - I don’t - first off, I don’t use the term ‘black’ very often. I use the term ‘African-American’ more than I use ‘black’ … I think sometimes you want to give someone the benefit of the doubt if it’s a little bit of a blurred word.”
I’m not certain even O’Reilly believed him by the time that he was finished babbling.
That actually made me laugh out loud.
Keep digging that hole, Santorum.
This guy hates Muslims, wants to restore the Pahlavis to the throne in Iran, and hates gays. He’s also the surging candidate for the Republicans. I think that says all about the GOP we need to know.
Thinking about Rick Santorum’s racist dog whistle to the Iowa Republican voters. He claims he doesn’t want to use other people’s money to enrich black people. Overtly racist language, of course. I’d not expect anything less from the Catholic conservative. I’m surprised and dismayed to have heard from more than one white friend that there’s an excuse for Rick Santorum’s statement, or that it’s politics as usual, but I’m learning that my liberal white friends are really willing to betray their whiteness. Something about calling out white supremacy in everyday life seems inappropriate to many of them. It’s ok to attack nationalists and fascists, but everyday white folks and “respected” leaders is not nice. I hate that racist civility.
That white people continue to color wealth-distribution is a problem insisting that black America is so corrupted that they cost “us” too much. An argument implying black people are a financial drain on US wealth (thus potential for equality, i.e. white people like to say, “it’s their fault,”) is crazy considering how many black men we purposefully and willfully incarcerate each year, at great cost, and our inhumane sentencing policies that are unjustly applied in states nationwide. That sort of grand expense is cool, but the small amount of revenue spent on useful and successful, necessary welfare-programs is supposed to be unfair.
That’s white supremacy. It’s not veiled, it’s public policy, it’s explicit and obscene.
I love how it always comes back to choice for conservatives and libertarians. Like people just made the choice to ruin their health. As if they weren’t working overtime at a job just to barely get by and subsisting on horrible food because it was the only thing they could afford. As if health care’s rising costs, even with insurance, doesn’t make it prohibitive for some people to even go to the doctor because their deductible is so high they can’t afford it. No, it’s always choice. Because at the end of the day, as long as we can say “They chose to die” we can go to sleep with a clean conscience.
Yes, fascism is universal health care. That’s what I remember the most about Mussolini.
That’s why I’ve been blogging about him nonstop all night. Fuck this guy. If he gets the nomination, I will join the Obama campaign and fight my hardest to flip Texas to him just because I hate Santorum so much.
If you support Santorum, you are a genuinely terrible person.