Sean Hannity and his like-minded guest Charles Payne want to cut our social safety nets – and they want you to think they’re doing it out of the goodness of their Christian hearts. But, near the end of a discussion on the subject tonight, Payne revealed what he really thinks of the poor. And Hannity did not disagree.
You may recall that Payne recently fear mongered the election of liberal Bill de Blasio as New York City mayor as some kind of disease that may spread across the country, possibly dooming capitalism.
Tonight, as liberal guest Tamara Holder cited Jesus and the Bible as one good reason we should keep helping the poor, Payne said:
I don’t know why you think helping someone, people who were born and dying on food stamps. I don’t know why you think that’s admirable. And yes… a lot of people are lazy and a lot of people are becoming lazier and we’re not doing people a favor, by the way.
“Show me one study,” Holder demanded.
Payne replied, “My life and my observation, that’s the study.”
Which is about as authoritative as the Fox News talking heads declaring there’s no such thing as global warming because it’s so cold outside.
But rather than offer any hard facts of his own – or even challenge Payne for smearing poor people, Hannity more or less agreed. He said, “We’ve doubled the number of people on food stamps. And that’s not good for them and it’s not good for the country.”
Maybe one reason neither Hannity nor Payne had any statistics is because they don’t bear out their blame-the-poor argument. From Salon.com:
According to Feeding America, “76% of SNAP households included a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person. These vulnerable households receive 83% of all SNAP benefits.” According to the USDA, “Over 30 percent of SNAP households had earnings in 2011, and 41 percent of all SNAP participants lived in a household with earnings.”
But rather than looking for ways to improve working people’s standard of living, Hannity and Payne want to lower it. And call that good for them.
Well, Mr Payne, unless you were born into a TRULY poor family (and your Wiki bio is very skimpy—not even listing your date or place of birth), your “life” isn’t exactly any sort of legitimate proof. As for “observation,” unless you’ve actually spent time AMONG genuinely poor people (and considering the kind of work you’ve been doing for the past 20 or so years, I really doubt), that’s also worthless.
See, scientists who use “observation” for their studies actually spend time among their subjects, watching how their subjects behave and interact.
But assholes, especially FoxNoise pundits, prefer to sit back in their ivory towers and pontificate based on one generalized image they might have seen (even if that was years ago). It is rather ironic, as well, since it’s frequently the FoxNoise pundits who berate social scientists for their “ivory towers” while ignoring their own.
Slanthead has, for almost all of his life, equated poverty with not being able to stuff his gutter mouth with fatty Big Macs, greasy, over-salted fries and 64-oz sugary Cokes!
If anyone has been listening to this idiot for the last few days, they couldn’t help hear him incessantly rave about how much he loves McDonalds.
On Monday, he told a caller that he was so poor while living in Rhode Island some years back that “I couldn’t afford to go out to McDonalds!”
One of the benefits Slanthead must enjoy from eating most of his meals at Mickey D’s is the fact that he won’t have to rub shoulders with anyone on food stamps, as SNAP benefits won’t buy fast food.
I hope that someday he learns exactly what his very important white friends really think of him.
As for Chucky, he’s the one who is lazy. The fool is too lazy to provide proof to back up his comments about poor people.
We are taking his comments and passing them down to all working class Americans. He represents the thinking of the GOP. Post his comments to all social media. Don’t forget to include his name next to the comments.
In other news:
Hannocchio is too shy to mention that he is in a christian film, “A Long Way Off.” He makes a cameo appearance playing himself since he can’t act.
NOTE TO HANNITY
You should take acting lessons from your good buddy, Alec Baldwin.