Fox thinks poverty in America is too sexy

I know I try to run my business into the ground every day, just on the oft-chance that maybe, if I’m lucky, I too can join the ranks of the poor.  Yes, that’s the latest from Fox News: President Obama is making it too “comfortable” to be poor in America.

Here’s what Fox News contributor Charle Payne told Saturday’s broadcast of “Cavuto on Business”:

“There’s this idea that between the food stamps and the welfare and the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit and the local programs, you know, it gets a little comfortable to be in poverty. Listen, I’ve lived it first hand. I’ve seen when people don’t go to work because they get everything paid for them. The incentive is not there.”

In the world of Fox, poverty is fake, it simply doesn’t exist. By Fox logic, America is a rich country,  so if you’re poor, it simply has to be your fault.  And the biggest problem, of course, isn’t the record number of poor.  Oh no.  It’s that Democrats have made poverty too sexy a prospect, so now everyone’s doing it!

NEW YORK CITY - MAY 16: A homeless man sleeps on the streets May 16, 2010 in New York, New York. SeanPavonePhoto / Shutterstock.com

A comfy homeless man sleeps on the streets in New York City. Note the newspaper in his hand, he’s probably checking his stocks. SeanPavonePhoto / Shutterstock.com

It hardly matters to Fox if the reason a lot of Americans are now “takers” is because they were bankrupted by the aftermath of the imaginary prosperity of the Bush years.

It’s too bad that Fox doesn’t care nearly as much about the “takers” at Big Oil and on Wall Street. But in Fox’s mind, those people are hard-working capitalists who deserve all the corporate welfare they can get. Never mind the $83 billion per year given to them by the federal government (or is it $780 billion?) What nearly a trillion dollars a year among Fox and friends.

And let’s not even get started on Carly “19th-worst CEO of all time” Fiorina’s “comfortable” $40 million retirement.

You know things are getting ugly at Fox when right-wing Charles Gasparino has to step in to stop the free-for-all assault on the poor.

What they always forget at Fox is that it’s the Red States like Texas that are the real freeloaders. Fox and its corporate buddies like AIG, a company that’s only around because of a huge taxpayer bailout, but whose CEO famously declared that “what we find is where there’s more of a tendency for people to be more liberal, more that the government is responsible for what happens to me,” have no clue that it’s the Red States that lead the nation in poverty, violence and teen pregnancy.

And it’s the Red States that take in more money than they pay into the federal system - we call that “taking” - but in their minds, it’s the other people who are freeloading.

Brace yourselves because this one is especially ugly, even for Fox.


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  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Ben Stein is one of those rarest of beings—-a Jewish Nazi.

  • WinstonSmith714

    let’s not forget the IMF. the loans the IMF throughout the world comes from US taxpayers, 17-18%. $16 Trillion goes about 5 years in corporate welfare.

  • emjayay

    Housing projects, original style like in nyc or glossed up ones that look like townhouses but eveyone knows what they are anyway, concentrate multigenerational dysfunction and dependency. No 5 year limit – people live 50 or 60 years in housing projects along with their children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. Keep all the other stuff and get rid of the housing projects. Get everyone living in the real world not government funded gangland dependency land. I know, easier said than done and something that anyone who doesn’t see my little avatar and immediately skip to the next comment has read about before. But a huge, huge money wasting problem that no one seems to want to talk about.
    This American Life had a long piece about people – twice as many as a few years ago – getting on SS disability based on some health problem (often bad back or wrist problems) which makes it difficult to work at the kind of jobs they could do and that are actually offered where they live. And others making sure they have kids on disability who stay on disability. The perverse incentive with the kids is that getting better grades indicates they aren’t still having the mental disability that qualified them. So disability has become the de facto welfare system particularly apparently in rural backwoods areas. And there is no 5-year limit on it. Middle aged people get on it and stay on it until they hit regular Social Security. Housing is cheap in those areas, plus SNAP and a couple both on disability can make it (not high on the hog obviously). I’m not condemning anyone in this situation. I’d probably do the same thing in their situation.
    Which of course all points at the overall failure of the country to provide viable employment to its citizens while most appallingly shoveling increasing proportions of the national income to the already rich, as others have discussed here.
    Oh Ben Stein has always been a reactionary horse’s ass and now he’s getting fatter and uglier besides.

  • lynchie

    They want to take everything you have got. Next come the work farms the 21st century slavery.

  • lynchie

    It is all about blaming the weakest, the oldest, the poorest. Who granted the mortgages with no down payment–the banks, who gives credit cards to kids in college–the banks, who launders money for the drug cartels but you go to jail for smoking a joint–the banks and Congress, who loves high unemployment and low wages–big business, who allowed insurance companies to sell health insurance that really covers nothing–Congress, who wants SS and Medicare ended–the 1%. I could go on but this kind of thinking where some poor bastard is struggling to make ends meet and he is going to have to pay more so the rich can keep their taxes low is going to explode.

  • RepubAnon

    You left out the banks, AIG, the Defense industry, big agriculture, and the oil industry. All have grown rich on various government handouts. (Banks get unlimited interest-free loans from the government – and if they do business with drug cartels, they aren’t punished. Big agriculture gets paid to not grow crops – yep, paid tens of thousands of dollars to not work.) If there’s a “gimme benefits” mentality around, it’s that of the rich – not of the poor and despirate.

    You also need to try integrating real world facts into your thinking rather than the propaganda mouthed by the liars at Fox. There’s a 5-year cap on general assistance (“welfare”). Drug addicts panhandle on the streets until they die about 20 years earlier than the rest of us – no government benefits for them other than burial. Your list may go on – but it’s all lies told by people trying to distract you from who’s really raiding your wallet. It isn’t those with even less than you – it’s the folks with the gold, making rules to take what you’ve worked hard for and buying themselves another car elevator for their mansion in La Jolla.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Most Republicans are fat and juicy—–when the time comes……just saying.

  • taxedmore

    Since the mid 1960s income transfer giveaways have cost responsible taxpayer’s $16 Trillion and we have more poor and low income now than we did then and we are over $16 Trillion in debt. The giveaways
    did not work, all they did was create a multi-generational crowd of “gimme” people who expect every bad decision they make to be paid for by somebody else.

    Drop out of high school and now can’t get a decent job – gimme benefits.

    Have kids you can’t afford – gimme benefits.

    Turned your brains into mush with drugs and booze and you are now useless – gimme benefits.

    In jail and cannot take care of your kids – gimme benefits.

    Bought a pickup truck or some other toy instead of health insurance and now you are sick – gimme benefits.

    Borrowed a ton of money and don’t want to pay it back – gimme benefits.

    It never ends. Doing more of the same insures it will never end.

    There are plenty who support these failed giveaway programs – the welfare-industrial complex, the Welfare Advocates, the Poverty Pimps, the breeding couples. The list goes on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eve.condon Eve Wartenberg Condon

    I didn’t realize Ben Stein was so ignorant. Good to know.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Thanks, but no thanks, I’ve already exceeded my quota of “abject bag-of-hammers stupid” for today.

  • http://blogvader.tumblr.com/ Blogvader

    That is the dumbest shit I have ever heard.

  • cole3244

    i can understand faux noise’s opinion since faux could be a news entity but it is more comfortable to be a hack impersonation of the same.

  • Indigo

    I voted for Socialism and that’s not even a small step towards what I expected.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elijah.shalis Elijah Shalis

    They have liquidated American jobs in Asia and now they expect Americans to have jobs anyway. It is crazy, they are the ones that took away the jobs.

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