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Poor and Middle-Class Conservatives snake-charmed by social issues

It’s so easy to hide your attacks on the needy in Mississippi and still get their support. You’ll see no decrease in support for U.S. Representatives Greg Harper or Steve Palazzo in their Mississippi House districts despite the house rule changes for which they voted which places survival of the needy at risk. “The rule hampers an otherwise routine reallocation of Social Security payroll tax income from the old-age program to the disability program. Such a reallocation, in either direction, has taken place 11 times since 1968.”* A good many of the conservatives in Harper’s and Palazzo’s district probably voted for Mitt “47%” Romney, too, never realizing that Mr. Laissez Faire “legally” places money offshore thus avoiding taxes in ways that the majority of them cannot. It is so easy for “conservative” politicians to hide their actions in plain sight because they play the mesmerizing social issue tunes so well, Gadsden-flag shrouded, snake charmers playing the government-can’t-do-anything-right song all the while directing the government toward the embrace of self-enriching privatization schemes, i.e. no-bid Halliburton contracts, Black Water, prison privatization etc., making certain that the rags increase and the riches are concentrated.

* “On Day One, the new Congress launches an attack on Social Security” by Michael Hiltzik January 6, 2015 LA Times

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