Your Father Didn't Get There on His Own, Dumbass


You have to love the personally-charged ignorance in this statement:
There was no federal bailout money for us. No Republican corporate welfare. No Democratic handouts. No bipartisan lobbyists working the angles. No Tony Rezkos. No offshore accounts. No Obama bucks. 
Just two immigrant brothers and their families risking everything, balancing on the economic high wire, building a business in America. They sacrificed, paid their bills, counted pennies to pay rent and purchase health care and food and not much else. And for their troubles they were muscled by the politicos, by the city inspectors and the chiselers and the weasels, all those smiling extortionists who held the government hammer over all of our heads. 
I thought about this after I heard what Obama told a campaign crowd the other day, speaking about business owners and why they were successful. 
"You didn't get there on your own," Obama said. "I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
This is the kind of mentality that should be driving people crazy right now. It speaks volumes as to how ignorant John Kass truly is and it speaks to this idea that Mitt Romney cares about the little guy.

Subtract thirty or forty years from Kass' biography, and go back to when his father and his uncle were grocers, and you land smack dab in the 1960s and 1970s in America. You land there in a time of inflation, economic uncertainty, war, Civil Rights, and tough times on the South Side of Chicago. 

Who built the streets that their store was on? Who policed the neighborhood so that their precious stock was protected from thieves? Who was there to put out any fire? Who was there to make certain that a larger grocery store couldn't run them out of business with toughs and firebombs? That was the point of the President's remarks, dumbass.

You end up with a picture that Kass clearly can't articulate--a picture of tough times for a lot of people, certainly, but a time when people paid much more in taxes than they do now and a time when people didn't have much if they were at or below the poverty line. The tough times of today are different. Comparing them is like comparing apples and oranges. That's why I can say that the small grocers of that time were pikers compared to the grocers of the 1930s, who would have given their right arm to have what Kass and his family had. I mean, you can go back to the 1870s and laugh at everyone who came after--those were the real grocers in America, those poor fellows trying to make it back then.

Those times are long gone. But what Kass doesn't understand is that things would have been a hell of a lot easier for him and his family if there had been the kinds of programs people are fighting to keep right now--programs like food stamps, public assistance, small business subsidies, and loan programs designed to help his family grow and expand their business. Those things still exist because President Obama is all that stands between what we have now and a future where billionaires will control every penny in America.

Of course, all we hear about is how the government is just pissing money away. But, wait a minute--money that goes to people to help them buy food to cover the gap between insufficient paychecks then goes to the people who sell them that food--the grocery store owners. What an evil state of affairs--government helping people to buy food, people buying food, and grocery stores staying in business because of the extra business. That's enough to make you want to go Galt, doesn't it?

The advent of those programs has meant that small grocers have a chance now--a better chance than they have ever had. President Obama is the one candidate in this race who can give those people a better chance. If you think starving the poor to death out of some Randian idea of instilling self-sufficiency will work, then go back to the 1870s and tell me how that was all sunshine and moonbeams for the people who lived during those times.

The grocer of today has a fighting chance at getting a thing like health care coverage for workers. Guess which party wants to blow that away.

I mean, honestly. When Kass and his family were struggling, the Romneys were living high on the hog. George Romney was running a major car company and the state of Michigan. His son was pranking his way through life without a care in the world. And Barack Obama is the one who doesn't understand what working people are dealing with?

Please.

When Romney was running Bain Capital until he decided to retroactively retire, he ate people like Kass' father and uncle for breakfast, destroying their dreams, inflating their companies with debt, and cutting them loose with nothing.

The problem is, John Kass doesn't realize that the only reason why he's even able to spread his nonsense through the massive pipeline of misinformation that he resides in is because no one--no one--is fully articulating the fact that government ain't all bad.