Conservatives have not been shy about their disdain for the poor in recent years. They don’t like the way that they vote, they are okay with the uninsured dieing, they want to take away their school lunch, or force them to stand in segregated lines and feed them peanut butter sandwiches, or shame them in front of other students and make them work for their lunch, and they want to cut their pay.
But now, one conservative has taken his hate for people in poverty even farther, he has announced that he wants the poor to all die. In a recent online discussion Indiana Republican John Johnston said that all government welfare benefits need to be eliminated, but that Democrats will not allow it because they do not have, “the guts to just let (the poor) wither and die.”
So I am using this post to dedicate the Dead Kennedy’s 1980 classic song, “Kill the Poor” in John Johnston’s honor. When this scathing attack on elitist attitudes about the poor was released some “folks did not understand the song’s sarcastic undertone and believed the Dead Kennedy’s really wanted to kill the poor. Some of these folks even came to their concerts.” I believe that Johnston would have been one of those people. John Johnston, this one is for you.
The sun beams down on a brand new day
No more welfare tax to pay
Unsightly slums gone up in flashing light
Jobless millions whisked away
At last we have more room to play
All systems go to kill the poor tonight
Gonna Kill kill kill kill Kill the poor,
Kill kill kill kill Kill the poor,
Kill kill kill kill Kill the poor