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  1. “If someone tests positive for drugs, they are clearly putting their addiction ahead of their family’s needs.”

    No, if this really happens, it’s the ADDICTION that’s putting the addiction ahead of the family’s needs.

    1. Being an addict…nicotine, alcohol, cocaine…(I’m leaving out caffeine because I’ve got a handle on that I really do…no…really)…I’m not sure I agree with that statement.

    1. HuffPo? Because the average “welfare” recipient isn’t the focus of the article.
      Republicans Bad! That’s the focus.

      1. I was referring to the Republicans who want to define using extreme examples, as if they were the norm. Yup, bad!

        1. I see.
          Well…they are politicians. They’re doing what they get paid to do. They’re not paid to represent poor folk. Are they?

          1. I hear you, but I’m not entirely embracing it. I do believe we’d all be much better off with smart, liberals running things. There are some who are politicians. :-) With half of all households at incomes of about $52 K and below, there is voting power to produce change, no? Getting people to vote is key.

            1. I’m not even sure what the word “liberal,” as applied to political ideology, means anymore…if anything at all…besides “not Republican.”
              But smart liberals?
              Gilens and Page [PDF]:

              The central point that emerges from our research [assessing the public’s influence on national public policy 1981-2002] is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence. Our results provide substantial support for theories of Economic-Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.

              What that means is that voters during the neoliberal era have had little, if any, influence on national public policy…whether it originates in the bowels of Democratic or Republican Parties. (Maybe that’s why “smart liberals” are not voting…in droves.)
              “Smart liberals” were in charge during much of the time of researched by Gilens and Page. Just recently, too. And social problems, driven by economic policy, just continue to get worse. And the demonization and dehumanizing of the poor continues unabated.

              The War on the Poor is a completely bipartisan effort. One uses lube, the other doesn’t. We’re all still getting screwed.

              1. Isn’t “compromise” or “scaling to what may have a chance at passing”, part of the problem?

                1. I’m not sure what you mean by the terms in quotes.

                  The problem is money…and the existential corruption it causes in our political system.

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