Kill the Poor

dead-kennedysConservatives 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

4 replies »

  1. This guy is toast, politically. For we washed up punk rockers I hope some pundit attacks mail service and property ownership so we can reminisce on DKs’ classics “Stealing People’s Mail” and “Let’s Lynch the Landlord.”

    • I hope that he is toast. Politicians have been trying to cut back on the US Postal Service and there has been talk of killing Saturday Delivery so “Stealing People’s Mail” post could just be possible! And there has to be some excuse to blog about “Let’s Lynch the Landlord.” 🙂

  2. There was a time in this country when the rich understood that their wealth was carried on the backs of the poor; that they ate their bread by the sweat of another man’s brow.

    Henry Ford apocryphally wanted his employees to earn enough to buy the cars they made.

    Nowadays, we have millionaire politicians who are fed by their ultra-wealthy patrons, and a “Financial Analyst” class who manage the money of the ultra-wealthy, and skim the cream as their commission.

    These are yet another step removed from the half of the American public who work long hours at two or more jobs to bring in less than $50,000 per year—often much less.

    • Exactly John. Romney demonstrated how far removed the rich are so well when he joked about being unemployed and talked about “struggling to get by” in his early married days when he obviously has no idea what being “unemployed” or “struggling” financially means

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