|Jesus reads the Washington Post religiously and
is not amused with E.J. Dionne citing Him as authority
for every hare-brained liberal scheme on the planet,
especially those that harm – not help – the poor.
Ah, E.J. Dionne. Is there a better object lesson in the cancerous effect of liberal ideology on logic and reason? If there is, ‘Puter can’t think of one, except maybe Maureen Dowd, who doesn’t count since she’s really not human but an amalgam of feminist tropes and Bill Clinton’s macho gazpacho. Like
Pinocchio, but way grosser.
Every Monday Mr. Dionne takes to the Washington Post’s opinion pages to share his “wisdom” with the world. And every Monday, ‘Puter’s head hurts from the stupid Mr. Dionne inflicts on his readers. Today is no exception.
Mr. Dionne’s column is helpfully titled The Social Justice Majority. As ‘Puter’s readers know, we can immediately discount any argument from the Left that follows the words “social justice.” To the Left, “social justice” means “giving core Democrat constituencies ‘free’ crap with your money.”
Mr. Dionne queries why “is it so hard to extend unemployment insurance at a time when the jobless rate nationally is still at 7 percent and higher than that in 21 states?”
‘Puter assumes Mr. Dionne’s question is rhetorical, but ‘Puter’s a simple man and doesn’t know what rhetorical means, so he’ll answer it. It’s hard to extend unemployment benefits because, for much of the last 5 years, unemployment benefits have been available for 99 weeks. For those of us who are bad at math, that’s nearly two years.
Sure, losing your job sucks, especially when it happened through no fault of your own. And ‘Puter acknowledges that the job market is tougher than it has been at any point during his 40 plus years on this earth, but goodness gracious, at a certain point we each have to stand on our own. It is not fair to continue to take from workers and give to the unemployed for 99 weeks. After two years, it’s fair for the payors to expect the payees to seek charity, go on the dole or go it alone.
Further, it’s not as if ending extended unemployment benefits equates with throwing the unemployed to the wolves. Federal unemployment benefits last 26 weeks, fully half a year. Many states like ‘Puter’s adopted and hated state of New York offer additional benefits. We are not taking anything away from the unemployed. Rather, we are returning to the longstanding status quo.
Similarly, Mr. Dionne states “raising the minimum wage wasn’t always so complicated.” He further posits (without evidence of any type, ‘Puter might add) the minimum wage is “just a way of spreading the benefits of economic growth.”
False. The minimum wage is a regressive tax on the poor, and it’s also a job killer. See, Mr. Dionne, when the minimum wage rises, the cost of the goods and services produced by minimum wage dependent employers increases. That’s everything from fast food to groceries to clothing to toys. You know, the cheap goods that poor people buy to make their lives a little bit better. You may pay the poor more (assuming they’re working in the first place and not on the dole), but it’ll cost the poor more to live. As always, the rich might notice the price increases, but it’s not going to affect their standard of living.
Then Mr. Dionne lays on us the entire point of his column: wrongheaded and contradictory Democrat programs are the one true way to salvation for America because social justice. Really. That’s Mr. Dionne’s entire argument. You don’t have to take ‘Puter’s word for it. Here’s Mr. Dionne, in his own Crayola-scrawled words:
See? If a majority of Americans agree on a policy or program, our federal government is duty-bound to implement it, no matter how horrible an idea it may be, no matter how many people it may injure. ‘Puter’s certain Mr. Dionne fully supports strict limits on abortion, including a total ban on partial birth abortions and no third trimester abortions since a majority of Americans favor these policies.
As to Mr. Dionne’s second conclusion, who said anything about “culture wars” in connection with either the minimum wage or unemployment benefits? ‘Puter didn’t say anything. ‘Puter’s fairly certain Czar didn’t say anything, either, but ‘Puter hasn’t seen Czar since last night’s all-you-can-drink haddock and hefeweizen smoothie night down at the Leaping Peacock. Where’re the roving bands of hard-Right barbarians out to purge America from the scourge of unemployment insurance and the minimum wage (this they know, because the Bible tells them so)? Let ‘Puter give you a hint. There aren’t any. Mr. Dionne’s blowing smoke.