TOM THE DANCING BUG: Paul Ryan's Tour of the "Inner City"

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Representative Paul Ryan (R- Wi.) explains what he meant when he said "inner city" men are lazy.

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  1. Maybe it's because I'm soused, but I actually laughed at this. As in, I could haul my antipodean, contrarian worldview into the modes and models of you Amerikanos, and actually sympathise...

    A funny TTDB. Fuck me.

  2. You know, being a country kid from a poorish tiny little town, I can say that when I was a kid in the early 80s, people around me were totally open about this. It was clear who the people were who annoyed the anti-welfare people; they just flat-out said it.

    The thing that's bizarre to me is that, as rural areas get poorer and poorer, though, they've turned on their own. Oh, they still get peeved when they see a black person buying steak, or if they see Spanish-speaking brown people buying nice things, because obviously a black guy buying steak is stealing welfare and a Spanish speaking brown person is obviously an illegal alien living off of welfare and/or stealing all the good jobs, but now they've also turned on their neighbors. Not friends and family that they like, those people have reasons for being on welfare or disability. But that guy who looks like he's in his 40s but gets a disability check? Everything that's wrong with this country. That guy who drinks a little too much but gets public assistance? Parasite.

    It gets weird for me, because some of the folks I know who are like this, got to do things like eat lunch thanks to assistance programs...smh.

  3. Ratel says:

    The dog whistle is the first step towards running for president as a Republican. What a grotesque creature Ryan is. Of course, it is hard to argue with his work ethic.

    he works hard for the money

    If one is actually interested in what economic life is like for inner city black men in deeply impoverished areas, I highly recommend this book:

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