Tuesday, March 05, 2013
The Cons and the Shaming of the Poor
Every time Diane Finley tries to defend why she is waging war on the poor, she claims that it's just a question of saving money.
Just like she did today when Thomas Mulcair went after her for ordering EI inspectors to barge into the homes of the unemployed.
“Service Canada has a responsibility to find and stop inappropriate claims and to protect the funds that Canadians have paid in the system,” Finley said. "Last year, the employment insurance program lost hundreds of millions of dollars due to inadmissible claims."
Even though what she's really doing is trying to shame the poor, like the Cons in Britain.
The report argues that the government is "deliberately misrepresenting" the poor, blaming them for their circumstances while ignoring more complex reasons, including policy deficiencies. Moreover, they feel that this scapegoating is the result of collusion between politicians, the media and the public.
Who are appealing to the worst instincts of the rabble.
A politician is one thing but these attitudes are spreading and hardening among ordinary people too. Indeed, poverty seems a trigger to inspire hate speech that would be quickly denounced if it related to race or gender.
Just like Stephen Harper and his foul Cons are always trying to do in Canada. Pitting one group of Canadians against the other. One moment they're going after young people, and the invisible criminals. The next moment they're suggesting that Atlantic Canadians are too lazy to work. Now they're going after the unemployed all over the country.
And counting on media like the goons at Sun TV, to portray the needy as greedy, and whip up hatred against them. Even though their only "crime" is being poor. And even though they can't defend themselves.
Poverty is a big domino – once it falls, everything goes. In such circumstances, if a group of people are "deliberately misrepresented" then there's precious little they can do about it. The churches got it right – if anything, the truth seems so much worse that it must surely be time to put the shame back into poor-shaming. Just like slut-shamers, poor-shamers are bullies, and right now they're getting away with it.
And why are they doing this? Because the Harper gang are the worst kind of bullies. They want to turn us into a low wage economy. They see EI as a good way to make the provinces poorer and poorer.
Until they can't afford medicare.
And of course because a Con, is a Con, is a Con. Who would profit from the misery of others, enjoy it, blind us to the horror, by gutting the census.
The United Nations right-to-food envoy says the Canadian government's controversial decisions to scrap the long-form census and negotiate a free trade deal with Europe will make it more difficult to fight poverty in Canada.
"First, in order to effectively combat hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, it is necessary to have a comprehensive understanding of who is hungry, food-insecure and malnourished," the report says.
Have one set of rules for the poor, and another for their friends.
“The Auditor General revealed that when it comes to expenses, the Senate operates on the honour system. Senators are not required to provide any documents even as they submit claims for tens of thousands of dollars,” Mr. Mulcair recounted. “Why the honour system for senators and home interrogations for the unemployed?”
“Why do the Conservatives continue to defend Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau while treating the unemployed as if they were a bunch of liars and criminals?”
And would conspire to turn Canada into a JUNGLE.
Because it really is one big conspiracy. The Cons are really going for it.
The masks are really coming off now...
And if we don't unite to stop these brutish ideologues.
And then defeat them.
They'll rip the guts out of this country...
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