by Brad Nelson
My head just about exploded when I read this article by Henry Olsen: Food (Stamps) for Thought. And although I had my shot at Mr. Olsen, our own Geoph2 said it best: “According to the “Conservative” media and GOP leadership – every issue is the wrong battle!
But what I did say was this:
So now basically NRO has glorified trolls writing for them. Mr. Olsen conflates conservatism as a philosophy with the Republican Party. And nearly every honest conservative I know understands that it’s not just farm subsidies and food stamps that have to be reduced. It is all of the above.
Both parties are in the dysfunctional and unsustainable habit of using our money to buy voting constituencies. And we have the trillions of dollars of debt to show for it. So instead of getting three-alarm fire bells for this real problem, we get this troll-like disingenuous post from Mr. Olsen that, in effect, is a clarion call to do absolutely nothing.
Well, Mr. Olsen, I think I speak for most conservatives when I say that I love my country, a country founded upon the idea of freedom. And although it is true that many people can’t rise above being a party hack or troll-like columnist, I think I am one of those people and know many others. In fact, the Tea Party movement was started because of this insane inside-the-beltway mentality that you so bizarrely, but accurately, display.
Or, as Geoph2 said, “According to the “Conservative” media and GOP leadership – every issue is the wrong battle!”
Goodness gracious. What has happened to William F. Buckley, Jr’s fine publication. It is supposed to be a vehicle for conservative solutions to today’s problems, not, as Mrvicchio quipped, a soapbox for Mother Jones refuges.
Who really has the tin ear?
And not a very popular response as it turns out. Which leads me to wonder just how many conservatives actually frequent that site. I would imagine very few.
A fellow named Stagester gets it:
Are you saying Conservatives can’t walk and chew gum at the same time? Why can’t we get rid of the egregious subsidies to big-agra which harms everybody and pare down food stamps to those who really need them. Even the government which administers the program admits there is $750 million in fraud each year. Add to this the administration is helping illegal immigrants to get on food stamps with the aid of the Mexican government.
My response to this worthy fellow was:
Yes, you get it, Stagester. Or, as Geoph2 said, “According to the “Conservative” media and GOP leadership – every issue is the wrong battle!”
I see no praiseworthiness in this article. A blindfolded child could point out the inconsistencies in Republican policy. This is not news. What needs to be pointed out is that both parties are using public money to buy constituencies. Must we be constrained to this bizarre view that it must be one or the other, either food stamps or farm subsidies?
We can indeed walk and chew gum at the same time. We are running out of money. Check that. We have already run out of money. We are borrowing over one trillion per year. This article amounts to little more than a distraction from the real subject: Both parties are selling this country down the river in order to use public money to buy constituencies.
We can not only walk and chew gum at the same time, we can find a cheaper brand of gum. Hell, maybe we don’t need the gum at all.
I just roll my eyes at some of the praisworthy comments to Olsen’s trollish post. As my brother says about this kind of stuff, no wonder there are so many RINOs. They know that “conservatives” don’t have their back.
And I think he’s right. If conservatives can’t clearly see this issue, then we are truly lost. There are a lot of things we need to cut. We can indeed walk and chew gum as the same time as Mr. Stagester suggests.
I also wonder how many who are thrilled with Mr. Olsen’s article are on food stamps themselves. And whether they are or not, this entire article plays directly into class warfare. I wonder how many simply love the idea of sticking it to the rich? How deeply engrained is this instinct now even amongst those who call themselves conservatives?
Does Mr. Olsen have self-awareness enough to know that he is dealing with a class warfare issue? He makes no mention of it, and yet to not mention how ingrained class warfare is in our society is to miss the elephant in the living room.
If the only cuts we make are to “the rich,” as Bill Whittle has noted in one of his videos, this will be insignificant. And as long as every real cut in government expenditures is held hostage to this stupid idea that “Well, somewhere there is a rich guy receiving corporate welfare,” we can never cut anything.
Surely Mr. Olsen understands this. Or does he? Has our society become perhaps more dumbed-down than I realize?