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They Hate Poor People: The liberalsí dirty little secret.
Weekly Standard ^ | 1/30/12 | P. J. O'Rourke

Posted on 01/22/2012 12:20:10 PM PST by rhema

On January 1, 2012, Maine became the first state to ban smoking in all low-income public housing. Twelve thousand poor people faced their New Year’s Day hangover without the solace of a Marlboro to accompany their aspirin and coffee.

This, of course, was good. Just ask the high-minded, right-thinking progressive elites who, it’s safe to say, run Maine’s public housing authority. Progressive elites like to run things. They’d run the government, the media, and the entire U.S. economy if they could. Failing that, public housing authorities will do. The Detroit, San Antonio, and Portland, Oregon, housing authorities already ban smoking. Boston’s housing authority will do so in September. Los Angeles is expected to follow. And it’s no mystery what that highest-minded, most right-thinking, way-progressive elitist Mayor Bloomberg has in mind for New Yorkers.

Smoking is wrong. Progressive elites may be confused about the existence of right and wrong when it comes to wars against genocidal fanatics, market freedom, and the death penalty for mass murderers. But not when it comes to smoking.

Smoking kills smokers, which is about what they deserve for engaging in such lowbrow, wrong-headed, retarded, vulgarian activity, except they get sick first and that drives up the cost of a single-payer national health care system, plus their second-hand smoke is worse yet because it is a, yuck, inhalation hand-me-down from uncouth people who probably haven’t flossed, and it kills progressive elites who don’t even know anyone who smokes while also releasing greenhouse gases and stinking up the cheery curtains that elites hang in public housing group activity areas to brighten the lives of the underprivileged who are confined to concrete tower blocks with six-by-eight-foot living rooms, seven-foot ceilings, plexiglass windows, and sheet-metal doors with a dozen locks on them. Smoking is wrong.

But poor people don’t have a lot of pleasures. Sure, they have more sex than progressive elites. But somehow, for poor people, the sex always ends up in illegitimate children or HIV or some bum of a boyfriend instead of leading to, as it does for elites, a Reichian release of primordial cosmic energy or the wonderful self-fulfillment and midlife reawakening of a new divorce. And, yes, the poor have drugs and alcohol, but these bring them nothing but grief. They’re not at all like the subtle and refined delights of a 300-bottle wine cellar or the therapeutic relief from Zoloft, Lexapro, Elavil, Ambien, Halcion, Xanax, beta blockers, Levitra, and Cialis.

And poor people do have a lot of troubles. Sometimes, when you’ve got a crap job and are going to get laid off from it besides and your crack-head daughter has three kids by four fathers and your oldest son is on the front in Afghanistan and your youngest son can’t decide which drug crew to join and the cable company has cut off service and somebody’s jimmying the twelfth lock on the sheet-metal door, you’d like to sit down on your own damn chair in your own damn kitchen and have a smoke.

Well, forget it. The progressive elites are already charging you $7 for that pack of king-size filter tips, and pretty soon they’re going to add the price of eviction. Because they hate your guts.

The elites who denounce poverty despise the poor. Their every high-minded, right-thinking “poverty program” proves this detestation—from the bulldozing of vibrant tenement communities to the drug law policing policies that send poor kids to prison and rich kids to rehab to the humiliation of food stamps and free school lunches to the loathsome inner-city public schools where those free lunches are slopped onto cafeteria trays.

The federal government has some 50 different “poverty programs.” Nearly half a trillion dollars is spent on them each year. That’s about $11,000 per man, woman, and child under the poverty line, enough to lift each and every one of them out of poverty. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2011 poverty guideline for a family of three: $18,530.) We call them “poverty programs” for a reason. If ordinary people with down-to-earth common sense were spending that half trillion, we’d call them “modest prosperity programs.”

Have progressive elites always hated the poor? Teddy Roosevelt did some rough riding with them. But once Teddy got all high-minded and right-thinking you didn’t see him hanging around with poor people who weren’t cooking or cleaning for him. William Jennings Bryan was in favor of prohibition, the bastard. These days we’ve got Michael Moore. You wouldn’t think he’d hate poor people, having once been one. On the other hand, in dress and deportment, Moore shows every sign of self-loathing. So he’s a hater too.

Why do elites hate the poor? It’s xenophobia. They don’t know any poor people—except their off-the-books Brazilian nanny and illegal immigrant cleaning lady from Upper Revolta who don’t speak English. Modern elites live in bubbles of liberal affluence like Ann Arbor, Brookline, the Upper West Side, Palo Alto, or Chevy Chase. These places used to have impoverished neighborhoods nearby, but the poor people got chased out by young singles living in group homes, hipsters, and urban homesteading gay couples. When elites see a homeless person in the gutter, they assume he’s saving a parking place. And the elites have never been poor themselves. Although there was that time in graduate school, between research grants, when they had to go without sushi for a week.

Elites are irked at the charity they have to give to the poor. Not that elites, personally, give charity to the poor. They get the IRS to do it for them. Which is the way elites like it and why they’re in favor of higher taxes. It’s worth the price not to come into any actual contact and risk getting poverty cooties. But elites are human like the rest of us, and paying higher taxes irks them.

The elite resent the poor because, although poor people have few pleasures and many troubles, they also have a lot of fun. You can see it in their music videos. The elites whine and mope. You can hear it on NPR.

America is a meritocracy. Elites think those poor people should earn their fun, the way Bill Clinton did with Monica Lewinsky. And, being that America is a meritocracy, poor people obviously have no merit or they’d be rich and could afford to join the progressive elite.

But the real reason progressive elites hate poor people is fear. What if the poor quit believing in the progressive elite, quit supporting the progressive elite, quit voting for the progressive elite? The elite would be out on its ear—impeached, recalled, defeated on the ballots, dismissed from the universities, fired at newspapers and television networks, booted out of nonprofit foundations, and chased away from church pulpits.

The high-minded, right-thinking progressive elite would then be poor people, working crap jobs. And what a mess they’d make of it! Imagine elites manning the drive-through window at Burger King, giving customers all-lettuce, all-pickle Whoppers without buns, cheese, or burger patties to combat obesity. Or at the 7-11 making change for a twenty the way the Federal Reserve does. “Wait a minute, I’ve got to go in the back and print some fives.” Or convening a yard care seminar and producing a 200-page white paper on sustainable grass maintenance instead of mowing your lawn. Or panhandling in the manner of the U.S. government, “Hey, Buddy, can you spare $787 billion so’s a guy can get a stimulus package?”

Life would be hell if the high-minded, right-thinking progressive elite wasn’t elite anymore. We’d better quit smoking.


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1 posted on 01/22/2012 12:20:15 PM PST by rhema
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To: rhema

The aim of the liberal establishment in California is to drive the poor people out of the State with their high tax, anti-job agenda. The only poor people they want are those who tend their gardens and clean their mansions.


2 posted on 01/22/2012 12:25:57 PM PST by Brilliant
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But the real reason progressive elites hate poor people is fear. What if the poor quit believing in the progressive elite, quit supporting the progressive elite, quit voting for the progressive elite? The elite would be out on its ear—impeached, recalled, defeated on the ballots, dismissed from the universities, fired at newspapers and television networks, booted out of nonprofit foundations, and chased away from church pulpits.
3 posted on 01/22/2012 12:26:29 PM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

PJ thinks all poor people are drunks?


4 posted on 01/22/2012 12:27:01 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Brilliant
The poor aren't the only ones who've been driven out.
5 posted on 01/22/2012 12:32:55 PM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: Brilliant

California has some of the most generous welfare benefits in the country. They want poor people who will stay on the reservation and vote DemocRat.


6 posted on 01/22/2012 12:33:34 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: rhema

Your average white liberal absolutely hates the poor.

They wont live by them, and they don’t want to associate with them unless they can use them for political purposes.


7 posted on 01/22/2012 12:34:18 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: GeronL
PJ thinks all poor people are drunks?

He's Irish. ;^)

8 posted on 01/22/2012 12:36:51 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: rhema
Some exaggeration, but more on the mark than not.
9 posted on 01/22/2012 12:36:51 PM PST by JoeFromSidney (New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. A primer on armed revolt. Available form Amazon.)
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To: GeronL
PJ thinks all poor people are drunks?

Maybe he thinks the only way you could stay poor in America is by going through life in a drunken stupor...

10 posted on 01/22/2012 12:42:52 PM PST by douginthearmy (Obamagebra: 1 job + 1 hope + 1 change = 0 jobs + 0 hope)
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To: rhema

I disagree, they love poor people, that’s why they want more of them.


11 posted on 01/22/2012 12:46:03 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: rhema

“Smoking kills smokers, which...drives up the cost of a single-payer national health care system”

Not true. The reason Medicare and Social Security are so broke now is because people ARE NOT smoking, as smokers tend to die young (i.e., before SS) and quickly - relative to people that live into their 80s and 90s.


12 posted on 01/22/2012 12:47:52 PM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: rhema
Shouldn't it be “...without the solace of a Newport...”?
13 posted on 01/22/2012 12:53:18 PM PST by MrBambaLaMamba (This Message Contains Privileged Attorney-Client Communications)
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To: rhema

Why am I a slave? Why are some people slaves, and others masters? Was there ever a time when this was not so? How did the relation commence?

Once, however, engaged in the inquiry, I was not very long in finding out the true solution of the matter. It was not color, but crime, not God, but man, that afforded the true explanation of the existence of slavery; nor was I long in finding out another important truth, viz: what man can make, man can unmake. .. .

I distinctly remember being, even then, most strongly impressed with the idea of being a free man some day. This cheering assurance was an inborn dream of my human nature-a constant menace to slavery-and one which all the powers of slavery were unable to silence or extinguish.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass


14 posted on 01/22/2012 1:04:38 PM PST by redreno (Americans don't go Gault. Americans go Postal.)
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To: BobL

I would like to see a study using the amount of taxes collected on tobacco, versus the money used for their health care. I am willing to bet, that the government is actually subsidizing non smokers at a very high rate. I still remember when the lawsuits happened, and the states were going to fund healthcare for smokers. Instead, they mixed it into the general fund, and it disappeared into the coffers of the thieves and liars....I mean lawyers.


15 posted on 01/22/2012 1:10:13 PM PST by runninglips (Republicans = 99 lb weaklings of politics. ProgressiveRepublicansInConservativeCostume)
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To: rhema
The elite hate the poor

Libtard programs, in the long run, end up hurting the people they are trying to help.Pro-labor and pro-union legislation which raise average wage rates too high,cause increase in unemployment for the least productive and least skilled. Raising taxes on the rich is an assault on saving resulting in decrease in the demand for labor which increases unemployment and slows down increase in average money wage rates.

16 posted on 01/22/2012 1:21:12 PM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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I don't think it is so much hatred of the poor as contempt - that is, after all, one of the signal characteristics of any elitist. Contempt to the point where the poor are considered laboratory rats for social experimentation, secure in the self-assurance that so long as the intentions are noble the results, however appalling, are excusable, or somebody else's fault. How else to explain the persistence of social programs that have produced such destruction toward the black family?

No, the elite reserve the emotion of hatred for the middle class, the petit bourgeoisie who have the audacity to demand lives of their own and to resist the dictates of their betters. This hatred percolates visibly through the elite of the academy, the elite of entertainment, the elite of popular communications, the elite of the political structure. It is not the poor who threaten the status of the elite, it is the middle class who threaten, and who actually have the ability, to displace them.

Marx was very clear about where the threat to a proletarian revolution led by an elite vanguard lay - it was in the middle class, and the history of utopian Marxism is the history of warfare on the middle class. Pol Pot addressed the issue with axes and garden hoes in the killing fields. Mao had done the same a decade earlier. Che Guevara hated no one as he did the very middle class from which he originated. Engels, the same.

This is a hatred that cannot be placated, reasoned with, or bought off. These are real enemies and their intention is real violence.

17 posted on 01/22/2012 1:53:15 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: rhema

The Liberals use the poor for fodder to gain the system. There is no shortage of ideas or causes they use to ‘raise’ money which of course requires 90% overhead.
They create a problem that they ‘solve’.


18 posted on 01/22/2012 1:55:08 PM PST by griswold3 (Character is Destiny)
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To: rhema

This article was amazingly realistic —both the grit of the poor, and the flash of the wealthy.

This article is fist-in-your-face brilliant.


19 posted on 01/22/2012 2:07:52 PM PST by gaijin
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To: rhema

The left is comprised of many, many stupid non thinking fools who can’t see past their nose. They are, however; good at being dumb a$$e robots.


20 posted on 01/22/2012 2:24:22 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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