Miller is the new poster-boy in Alaska, the ultra conservative Tea Party Christian. And he just has no time or energy for the poor. As the Anchorage Daily News has reported, "Miller has called for across-the-board cuts, phasing out government Medicare and Social Security, and getting rid of the federal Department of Education because it is not in the Constitution, leaving the function to the states. He's going well beyond positions that Palin advocated when she was running to be governor of the state and those she espoused as governor." So what did Miller say:
"I think what you need to look at is the context. We had an extension of unemployment benefits several weeks ago, which is beyond what we had in the past in this country. What we have in this country is an entitlement mentality. Entitlement, not just as individual but even at the state level. If all goes wrong, it's the federal government's role to get in there and provide for the general welfare and provide for solvency; particularly, of states and the auto companies, and the banks. Everything else that fails, the government should be involved in bailing out."
But Miller is not alone. Oh no. He has plenty of company. As I previously reported, Kentucky Republican Sen. Jim Bunning made himself a pariah when he singlehandedly blocked a reauthorization of unemployment benefits back in February, saying "tough shit" to a Democratic senator's request to help the long-term jobless and complaining that having to stiff the unemployed was causing him to miss a basketball game.
Since then, almost the entire Republican party has taken up the retiring senator's argument that deficit reduction is more important than jobless aid, and extended benefits have been in limbo since the beginning of June, affecting 2.1 million people.
I always thought that one of the tenants of Christianity was to help to the poor and underprivileged. But I guess if you believe Sharon they are just lazy and should be forced onto the streets (just not in front of her house).
Blaming the poor for being poor is an easy target. I mean if you are rich you have had to do something right, right? Or is it that you just were luckier and had better circumstances? I mean how many poor get to be like Miller and go to England to study? How many of those stricken by illness are just not working hard enough to pay their medical bills?
Let them eat cake!