(ed: this is the same cynical bullshit the rightwing (and neoliberal-left) in new zealand push – to justify their poor-bashing/ignoring..)
In so doing they are essentially expressing scorn for working class and low-income Americans.
Sen. Chuck Grassley for example recently justified reducing the number of wealthy families exposed to the estate tax as a way to recognize ‘the people that are investing – as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have – whether it’s on booze or women or movies’.
Similarly Sen. Orrin Hatch raised concerns about funding certain entitlement programs.
‘I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won’t help themselves – won’t lift a finger and expect the federal government to do everything’ he said.
These statements – the likes of which I expect we’ll all hear more of in coming months – reinforce three harmful narratives about low-income Americans: People who receive benefits don’t work – they don’t deserve help and the money spent on the social safety net is a waste of money.