What is racism and is this it"

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  1. Ernie S.
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    I'm wondering if this sounds like a racist statement to people here. Is it more rich white guy hate speech or a sane and logical statement of fact?

     
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    There's nothing whatsoever to do with racism in that quote.
     
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    Not even remotely racist.
     
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    Greatest thread ever.
     
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    I didn't see anything racist. Who said it? Where? Why? To whom?
     
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    There's nothing racist about it, yet there's nothing sane and logical about it either.
     
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    It seems that the liberal race baiters here read Sowell or are skilled with Google. I've seen so many here cry racist when a Conservative advocates cutting entitlements.

    Epsilon Delta, perhaps you could explain to the unenlightened just what about the couple paragraphs I quoted is not sane and logical.
     
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    The op is a fucking racist who wants black and brown babies to starve :evil:
     
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    Well, I haven't read the whole article, mind you, but, for starters, the claim that somehow welfare is at the "heart" of the current economic crisis is simply unfounded. Then there's the claim cutting subsidies on school lunches, housing, and meds would not result in people going without school lunches, housing, and meds - this is simply not logical and furthermore goes entirely against elementary economic theory.

    A subsidy on any normal good allows more people access to it: if oil is subsidized, more people can afford to buy more oil, if the subsidy ends less people can afford to do so. Eliminating the subsidy may not have much societal significance if the good in question is comic books or cookies, but when the good in question is housing or medicine there are human consequences. Now, it is perfectly reasonable for someone to question whether the subsidy is worth it, or whether it is 'good' or 'bad' or whatever - that's all perfectly debatable. What isn't debatable is that the end of subsidies on things like school lunches, housing, and medicine will necessarily make at least some people go hungry, homeless, and med-less. Again, whether this is acceptable or not is debatable, that it would occur is not.

    In the American context, it's safe to say that the majority of the poor would not be hungry or homeless (maybe med-less) - they would just shift consumption to cheaper alternatives like McDonald's Dollar Menu items, city-limits shanties, and subsidized medicines from Mexico and Canada (as millions already do). After all, it's not like everyone is homeless and starving in welfare-less countries like Honduras and the Central African Republic - people definitely get by, just... not as well, and not as many.
     

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