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(The New York Times)   NYT columnist shocked to find out her neighbors oppose Covid-19 relief payments to anyone because 'the undeserving' might get money too, and she's starting to wonder if racism is involved   (nytimes.com) divider line
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2020-05-31 3:32:52 PM  
"CLINTON, Ark. - After a brief shutdown to hinder the coronavirus's spread, Arkansas began opening up, slowly and cautiously, on May 11. Businesses are placing limits on the number of customers they will serve at any one time, and social distancing and mask wearing is still required in establishments like restaurants. The state's Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, has been critical of businesses and customers that don't follow these rules. Even so, Arkansas has seen a second peak of coronavirus infection, as cases surge especially among younger people and the Latino population in northwestern counties. On Thursday, Governor Hutchinson announced the largest single-day increase in community transmission - 261 cases.
Despite this, and despite predictions that the virus will take a "crushing toll" in rural areas like ours, this part of Arkansas has so far been spared the worst health effects of Covid-19. Van Buren County, where I live, has fewer than 17,000 people and has had only 28 confirmed cases of the coronavirus to date. Two people died, but the rest have recovered. Early cases were concentrated in bigger cities, like Little Rock and a suburb of Memphis, and were disproportionately among black Arkansans. There have been more than 6,500 cases in the state - about a fifth of them have been in prisons, and those cases weren't even added to official totals at first, all of which is a human rights disaster - but most families haven't been affected. Any death is a tragedy, but death from Covid-19 hasn't personally touched very many people here. At least not yet.
I moved back here to my hometown two and a half years ago to write a book about it. Since returning, I've become more active on Facebook, which is both a source of local gossip and official news; county officials and offices often post important updates, especially about the coronavirus outbreak, to their Facebook pages. I'm also a member of three local news groups that are a source of insight into how my neighbors think about current events. I've found that a vast majority of people here approach political issues, whether local or national, with suspicion of taxation and government spending, even when such spending is for their own benefit. This has remained true even during these unprecedented times.
We have been hit with the economic devastation caused by the pandemic. The median household income in the state is $45,726; for the county it's $34,428, so there are many people who live paycheck to paycheck. While a large majority of Americans - 74 percent - support continued efforts to slow the virus's spread, and there are plenty of well-off Americans and business owners eager to get back to work, the divide over whether lockdowns should continue is a strongly partisan one. Many Republicans, including low- and middle-income whites think businesses should reopen now. For the most part, the people I've spoken to and seen commenting online here accept as a given that the only way to be able to pay their rent or to feed their kids is to return to work: They don't think it's possible to protect our health and our economic well-being at the same time.
Many people I spoke with here were happy with the $1,200 economic-impact payments, but it wasn't enough to replace incomes. And yet, many were eager, as the Senate debated, to include a $500 billion pot of money for the biggest corporations in the country. They thought sending a lifeline to gigantic, publicly traded corporations would be the key to holding on to their jobs. I asked a woman who lives in my county whether she thought that was the only way to ensure her well-being. "Yes, ma'am," she said, before bowing out because the discussion became too political. "It's the trickle effect."
There were arguments over whether unemployment insurance should have been enhanced by $600 a week. Many of my friends here were upset that people could make more by not working - and indeed, that has happened for some. A friend of mine, Amy Johnson, who grew up here but lives in Little Rock, applied for unemployment insurance when the restaurant she works at closed down. She says she makes a little more right now, $2,720 a month, compared with about $2,300 during her busiest months bartending.
The state of Arkansas hasn't moved to help workers, like initiating payment moratoriums on rent or utilities. During a public conference call with our state representative, Josh Miller, I asked whether there had been any discussion with lawmakers about taking measures like those. He said he hadn't been part of any such conversations.
"A lot of our work force is able to continue to work," said Mr. Miller, whose district includes parts of Cleburne, Van Buren and Faulkner Counties. "And so they're being paid like normal. You don't want folks taking advantage of a crisis situation."
Though obviously not every one holds this view, I've found that fear of others' "taking advantage" is the dominant operating mode of even charity at the individual level for many people here. It is largely driven by ideology that says working for a paycheck is good but seeking government assistance is bad. Governor Hutchinson has been holding almost daily news briefings since the pandemic began, and state residents can watch on Facebook and comment as the briefing unfolds, a sort of virtual town hall.
Early on, in March, as other states began issuing lockdown orders and Arkansas remained a holdout, one commenter summed up the attitude well when she said: "Maybe some people who are pushing for a mandatory stay-at-home order want to get paid for sitting around and doing a bunch of nothing. Which is what they would do on a normal day anyway. It's a way of life for them."
The attitude that some people just don't want to work is often linked to racism: A 2017 Urban Institute study found that states with larger black populations were less generous with their welfare benefits. Indeed, Arkansas was one of the first states to tie Medicaid benefits to a work requirement, though that has since been struck down by a judge. Food-stamp beneficiaries in the state also must meet work requirements. The hesitation to support those out of work seems linked to the fact that black and Latino Arkansans have been hit disproportionately hard by the virus. Indeed, when asked whether the rise in cases among the Latino population was tied to work sites, Governor Hutchinson responded: "They want to work. They're hardworking."
Perhaps people here would rather support the idea of local charities because they can control where benefits go. During the holidays, I saw many people on Facebook posting generous offers to buy meals for "truly deserving" families in need, whole boxes of turkeys and vegetables and cranberry sauce. The people who did so spent at least an extra $30 at the grocery store to provide a holiday meal for someone else. But it was on a small scale: one individual giving to one family her or she could personally screen.
The community as a whole votes against food stamps, disability payments and other social safety net programs, and often laments that people are "taking advantage" of them. It's a weird idea: The entire point of charity, and of social safety nets, is that people are meant to take advantage of them. I wanted to respond to those posts and say, "What if I told you that you could spend $30 a year to help feed families year-round through the food-stamp program?"
There have been similar personal efforts now: The food bank connected to a local church is busier than usual, and other churches are passing out boxes of food at lunchtime.
The school is sending the lunches it would otherwise be serving in the cafeteria out to families via school buses. Early on, before the state issued guidelines to the contrary, the teachers and bus drivers were hopping out to hug the kids and their families, taking pictures and posting them on Facebook. There's a sense that anything labeled "government" is cold and distant, while handing a family a box of food feels warm and good.
Individual good will is unlikely to meet Arkansas's need, however. Some jobs and businesses simply won't return. This will be even truer if case numbers start rising again and the full force of the pandemic hits this community.
I wonder whether people will then begin to see the limits of hard work and revise what it means to "take advantage" of help when it's offered. I wonder whether their sense of empathy will grow, or whether they'll just see themselves as exceptional victims of unusual times."

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2020-05-31 3:40:15 PM  
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2020-05-31 6:06:23 PM  
"Maybe some people who are pushing for a mandatory stay-at-home order want to get paid for sitting around and doing a bunch of nothing. Which is what they would do on a normal day anyway. It's a way of life for them."

People are very deeply indoctrinated. I honestly don't think a person like this can ever be brought around to agree with the factors that make a healthy community. Instead they'll cling to whatever particular boogeyman they subscribe to and use that to fark every good idea up.
 
2020-05-31 8:42:19 PM  
I would rather have 100 "undeserving" people get checks than see 1 deserving person cut off.
 
2020-05-31 9:11:14 PM  
I'd bet a dollar, more than a few of her co-workers agree with her neighbors. She should move and get a better job.
 
2020-05-31 9:26:55 PM  
This has been a well-documented phenomenon for awhile: White people like welfare, universal healthcare, and government assistance, but only for themselves.

They have no problem voting for more robust government aid and a stronger social safety net, but not if it helps minorities. It is for this reason that they are more inclined to cut programs, even if it ends up hurting themselves, knowing that it will hurt minorities as well.
 
2020-05-31 9:30:06 PM  
Certain Americans, who think od themselves as "godly" are just really miserable, abominable creatures. What a f*cked-up way to live.
 
2020-05-31 9:57:09 PM  
They thought sending a lifeline to gigantic, publicly traded corporations would be the key to holding on to their jobs. I asked a woman who lives in my county whether she thought that was the only way to ensure her well-being. "Yes, ma'am," she said, before bowing out because the discussion became too political. "It's the trickle effect."

Morons like this are why we can't have nice things.
 
2020-05-31 10:15:12 PM  
We must remember we are a Christian nation and that Christ guy was very against helping people. He feed the masses with 2 loaves and 3 fish because he didn't waste it on the free loaders, it was a meal tax break for the 1% at the mound, and the trickled down effect was what fed everyone, read the damn bible!
 
2020-06-01 1:22:56 AM  
My neighbor was talking about hating socialism a few weeks back. Then the next thing he talked about was using the $1,200 to fix up a few things.

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2020-06-01 1:25:18 AM  
Many people I spoke with here were happy with the $1,200 economic-impact payments, but it wasn't enough to replace incomes. And yet, many were eager, as the Senate debated, to include a $500 billion pot of money for the biggest corporations in the country. They thought sending a lifeline to gigantic, publicly traded corporations would be the key to holding on to their jobs. I asked a woman who lives in my county whether she thought that was the only way to ensure her well-being. "Yes, ma'am," she said, before bowing out because the discussion became too political. "It's the trickle effect."

Journalism is not supposed to be fiction and propaganda. But this racist and classist drivel is just that.
 
2020-06-01 1:27:21 AM  
I don't know about the rest of it, but she made that up. Nobody, whether they are conservative or liberal in leaning, if they are middle class and below, believes that "trickle down" economics is anything more than the rich pissing on the poor, and NO person I have EVER met thinks we should for ANY reason give the rich more money, even to keep them employed. fark that bullshiat.

Now, there are racists and liars an haters and bigots and nazis that like Trump and will say bullshiat. But speaking just about finances? oh hell no, gtfo with that nonsense. No one says trickledown works unless they are pulling in a cool million dollars a year.
 
2020-06-01 1:27:52 AM  
But we're totally fine with showering the already-wealthy with trillions.

Cool shiat, guys.
 
2020-06-01 1:31:01 AM  
A friend of mine, Amy Johnson, who grew up here but lives in Little Rock, applied for unemployment insurance when the restaurant she works at closed down. She says she makes a little more right now, $2,720 a month, compared with about $2,300 during her busiest months bartending.

Like this bullsheet right here. "a friend of mine". Well, that friend would give an opinion to support the article the author wants to write. so yeah. And I doubt she is a waitress, that might even be a lie. What kind of unemployment insurance pays waitresses that much?
 
2020-06-01 1:32:34 AM  

Ishkur: This has been a well-documented phenomenon for awhile: White people like welfare, universal healthcare, and government assistance, but only for themselves.

They have no problem voting for more robust government aid and a stronger social safety net, but not if it helps minorities. It is for this reason that they are more inclined to cut programs, even if it ends up hurting themselves, knowing that it will hurt minorities as well.


Well this is where the attitude between the Derper parents and their offspring radically diverge. See Millennial and Gen Z views on welfare.
/at least I hope so.
//God I can't stand the Derper Americans.
///Half are indoctrinated into the cult and the other half are just plain ol' grifters.
 
2020-06-01 1:34:20 AM  

Kirablue42: I don't know about the rest of it, but she made that up. Nobody, whether they are conservative or liberal in leaning, if they are middle class and below, believes that "trickle down" economics is anything more than the rich pissing on the poor, and NO person I have EVER met thinks we should for ANY reason give the rich more money, even to keep them employed. fark that bullshiat.

Now, there are racists and liars an haters and bigots and nazis that like Trump and will say bullshiat. But speaking just about finances? oh hell no, gtfo with that nonsense. No one says trickledown works unless they are pulling in a cool million dollars a year.


That's weird, because that's exactly the outlook I've seen in my time living in Tennessee, North Dakota, upstate New York and Texas. Blue collar workers think a check to them from the government is welfare, but a check to their employer is stimulus, even though their pay never increased and the headcount always decreased.
It's not even just a "white redneck" mindset. It completely pervaded all ethnicities.
 
2020-06-01 1:34:25 AM  
They included the stimulus check with that I bet. fark them..
 
2020-06-01 1:35:21 AM  
You mean the same people who constantly share "this welfare queen bought steak and lobsters" stories and believe that people who receive EBT are "lazy and shiftless", might be using their attacks on government assistance as a thinly veiled attacked on minorities? Wow. Holy shiat this is big news, I'm so happy that the New York Times broke this story just incase someone has been in a coma for the past 50 years.
 
2020-06-01 1:36:00 AM  
Another "Dispatch from Real America"™
 
2020-06-01 1:36:20 AM  
Do they mean rich people?
 
2020-06-01 1:39:34 AM  

Kirablue42: I don't know about the rest of it, but she made that up. Nobody, whether they are conservative or liberal in leaning, if they are middle class and below, believes that "trickle down" economics is anything more than the rich pissing on the poor, and NO person I have EVER met thinks we should for ANY reason give the rich more money, even to keep them employed. fark that bullshiat.

Now, there are racists and liars an haters and bigots and nazis that like Trump and will say bullshiat. But speaking just about finances? oh hell no, gtfo with that nonsense. No one says trickledown works unless they are pulling in a cool million dollars a year.


With all the insane things you believe and have posted to this site, you can't believe that ANYBODY believes in trickle down? That's the crazy thing nobody could believe?

lmao
 
2020-06-01 1:40:28 AM  
ftfa: "In Van Buren County, Ark., many people approach political issues with suspicion
of taxation and government spending, even when it is for their own benefit .......... "

Stopped reading there.....this is the same story from last week, and the week before, and the week before etc, etc, etc.
 
2020-06-01 1:42:26 AM  

Kirablue42: A friend of mine, Amy Johnson, who grew up here but lives in Little Rock, applied for unemployment insurance when the restaurant she works at closed down. She says she makes a little more right now, $2,720 a month, compared with about $2,300 during her busiest months bartending.

Like this bullsheet right here. "a friend of mine". Well, that friend would give an opinion to support the article the author wants to write. so yeah. And I doubt she is a waitress, that might even be a lie. What kind of unemployment insurance pays waitresses that much?


Wrong again.
Laborers in the chemical yard I just visited in Oklahoma were PISSED they were getting their hours cut by 15% instead of getting a straight layoff. One of them had given a math lesson on the lunchroom whiteboard that showed what the unemployment reimbursement rate was, including the $600 stimulus and it came out to slightly less than their full-time wages, but more than their 85% wages.
/I mentioned the loss of benefits and difficulty in finding future employment, but that seemed to be more of an abstract " future-me will figure that out" situation.
 
2020-06-01 1:45:40 AM  

Smackledorfer: Kirablue42: I don't know about the rest of it, but she made that up. Nobody, whether they are conservative or liberal in leaning, if they are middle class and below, believes that "trickle down" economics is anything more than the rich pissing on the poor, and NO person I have EVER met thinks we should for ANY reason give the rich more money, even to keep them employed. fark that bullshiat.

Now, there are racists and liars an haters and bigots and nazis that like Trump and will say bullshiat. But speaking just about finances? oh hell no, gtfo with that nonsense. No one says trickledown works unless they are pulling in a cool million dollars a year.

With all the insane things you believe and have posted to this site, you can't believe that ANYBODY believes in trickle down? That's the crazy thing nobody could believe?

lmao


I mean FFS, this is a person who a day or two ago claimed that orders came down secret back channels from the Trump administration to Minneapolis PD to kill a black man in order to create riots. But idiots failing to understand how the economy works? Inconceivable!
 
2020-06-01 1:54:00 AM  

fusillade762: They thought sending a lifeline to gigantic, publicly traded corporations would be the key to holding on to their jobs. I asked a woman who lives in my county whether she thought that was the only way to ensure her well-being. "Yes, ma'am," she said, before bowing out because the discussion became too political. "It's the trickle effect."

Morons like this are why we can't have nice things.


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2020-06-01 2:04:21 AM  

schecter: ftfa: "In Van Buren County, Ark., many people approach political issues with suspicion
of taxation and government spending, even when it is for their own benefit .......... "

Stopped reading there.....this is the same story from last week, and the week before, and the week before etc, etc, etc.


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2020-06-01 2:04:24 AM  
This entire century has been one step forward, one seizure for NYT.
 
2020-06-01 2:10:15 AM  
The obsession with "lucky duckies" in the US is so old, I can't imagine how anyone could be surprised by it.
 
2020-06-01 2:18:06 AM  
It's a long-standing reason St. Louis County is so fragmented.. there's people that don't want their tax dollars to share a pot with other people, cause perhaps they might help pay to fix a pothole where black people live.
 
2020-06-01 2:19:29 AM  
>getting paid sitting around doing nothing
sounds like the ownership class to me.  i guess its only bad when the working class experiences something similar because without exploiting their labor the ownership class can't exist
 
2020-06-01 2:26:06 AM  
I will butcher this badly because I cribbed it from someone else and am going on memory but:

Conservatives would rather deny feeding the hungry to prevent one person from getting a free meal, liberals would rather feed someone who didn't need it than deny the masses.
 
2020-06-01 2:27:23 AM  

Kirablue42: I don't know about the rest of it, but she made that up. Nobody, whether they are conservative or liberal in leaning, if they are middle class and below, believes that "trickle down" economics is anything more than the rich pissing on the poor, and NO person I have EVER met thinks we should for ANY reason give the rich more money, even to keep them employed. fark that bullshiat.

Now, there are racists and liars an haters and bigots and nazis that like Trump and will say bullshiat. But speaking just about finances? oh hell no, gtfo with that nonsense. No one says trickledown works unless they are pulling in a cool million dollars a year.


I envy your supreme optimism.
 
2020-06-01 2:39:05 AM  

Kirablue42: She says she makes a little more right now, $2,720 a month, compared with about $2,300 during her busiest months bartending.

Like this bullsheet right here. "a friend of mine". Well, that friend would give an opinion to support the article the author wants to write. so yeah. And I doubt she is a waitress, that might even be a lie. What kind of unemployment insurance pays waitresses that much?

 
2020-06-01 2:53:23 AM  
Some people are idiots. News at 11.
 
2020-06-01 2:56:57 AM  

Krieghund: Kirablue42: She says she makes a little more right now, $2,720 a month, compared with about $2,300 during her busiest months bartending.

Like this bullsheet right here. "a friend of mine". Well, that friend would give an opinion to support the article the author wants to write. so yeah. And I doubt she is a waitress, that might even be a lie. What kind of unemployment insurance pays waitresses that much?


So, aside from how bartenders generally get an actual wage plus their tips, many tipped employees will be honest and declare all their tips.

Others will be honest temporarily because they want to be able to show income for something, like a purchase or loan.
 
2020-06-01 3:57:50 AM  

AsparagusFTW: My neighbor was talking about hating socialism a few weeks back. Then the next thing he talked about was using the $1,200 to fix up a few things.

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Conservatives literally do not get "words mean things."

To them socialism atheist muslim communist antifa ni*BONG* is like saying "bad bad bad bad bad bad."

Socialism is BAD so it can't be socialism when Trump sends me a check.
 
2020-06-01 3:58:41 AM  
I have a very small sample size, but in my experience people who scoff at the idea of charity without safeguards are more like to abuse them.  Like taking EVERYTHING from a community giveaway or going all krazed Karen on charity volunteers.
 
2020-06-01 4:26:31 AM  
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2020-06-01 5:39:03 AM  

BafflerMeal: I will butcher this badly because I cribbed it from someone else and am going on memory but:

Conservatives would rather deny feeding the hungry to prevent one person from getting a free meal, liberals would rather feed someone who didn't need it than deny the masses.


Conservatives also just flat-out lie.  Tfa is about Arkansas, which is well up there on the "sucks the federal teat" charts.  Here's one:

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/​a​rchive/2014/05/which-states-are-givers​-and-which-are-takers/361668/
 
2020-06-01 6:12:55 AM  
"Many people I spoke with here were happy with the $1,200 economic-impact payments, but it wasn't enough to replace incomes. And yet, many were eager, as the Senate debated, to include a $500 billion pot of money for the biggest corporations in the country. They thought sending a lifeline to gigantic, publicly traded corporations would be the key to holding on to their jobs. I asked a woman who lives in my county whether she thought that was the only way to ensure her well-being. "Yes, ma'am," she said, before bowing out because the discussion became too political. "It's the trickle effect.""

This is literally why you can't have nice things
 
2020-06-01 6:23:10 AM  

Kirablue42: I don't know about the rest of it, but she made that up. Nobody, whether they are conservative or liberal in leaning, if they are middle class and below, believes that "trickle down" economics is anything more than the rich pissing on the poor, and NO person I have EVER met thinks we should for ANY reason give the rich more money, even to keep them employed. fark that bullshiat.

Now, there are racists and liars an haters and bigots and nazis that like Trump and will say bullshiat. But speaking just about finances? oh hell no, gtfo with that nonsense. No one says trickledown works unless they are pulling in a cool million dollars a year.


You drastically underestimate stupidity in this country.
 
2020-06-01 6:46:48 AM  
Some people will work
Some simply will not
But they'll complain
and complain
and complain
and complain
and complain.
 
2020-06-01 7:33:54 AM  

tjsands1118: We must remember we are a Christian nation and that Christ guy was very against helping people. He feed the masses with 2 loaves and 3 fish because he didn't waste it on the free loaders, it was a meal tax break for the 1% at the mound, and the trickled down effect was what fed everyone, read the damn bible!


15As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food."
16Jesus replied, "Say, what have we to eat?"
17"We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered.
18"Bring them here to me," he said. 19Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he withdrew to a solitary place and ate, throwing the remainder into the sea lest the poor people observe and become jealous.
 
2020-06-01 8:24:56 AM  

Kirablue42: I don't know about the rest of it, but she made that up. Nobody, whether they are conservative or liberal in leaning, if they are middle class and below, believes that "trickle down" economics is anything more than the rich pissing on the poor, and NO person I have EVER met thinks we should for ANY reason give the rich more money, even to keep them employed. fark that bullshiat.

Now, there are racists and liars an haters and bigots and nazis that like Trump and will say bullshiat. But speaking just about finances? oh hell no, gtfo with that nonsense. No one says trickledown works unless they are pulling in a cool million dollars a year.


You lived in the south before? I left, while I was there I knew people making 12k a year who would wear Reagan/Bush 84 shirts, and spout 40 year old economic talking points. This article is from Arkansas. It's the south. It's farked.
 
2020-06-01 9:58:07 AM  
Democrats: Afraid something bad might happen to somebody who doesn't deserve it.
Republicans: Afraid something good might happen to somebody who doesn't deserve it.
 
2020-06-01 12:01:41 PM  

Aquapope: Democrats: Afraid something bad might happen to somebody who doesn't deserve it.
Republicans: Afraid something good might happen to somebody who doesn't deserve it.


I'd update the latter: Afraid something good might happen to someone not a white man born into wealth.
 
2020-06-01 12:04:40 PM  

Kirablue42: A friend of mine, Amy Johnson, who grew up here but lives in Little Rock, applied for unemployment insurance when the restaurant she works at closed down. She says she makes a little more right now, $2,720 a month, compared with about $2,300 during her busiest months bartending.

Like this bullsheet right here. "a friend of mine". Well, that friend would give an opinion to support the article the author wants to write. so yeah. And I doubt she is a waitress, that might even be a lie. What kind of unemployment insurance pays waitresses that much?


The federal payment is $2400, the state UE is only $300.
 
2020-06-01 1:35:38 PM  
"Perhaps people here would rather support the idea of local charities because they can control where benefits go. During the holidays, I saw many people on Facebook posting generous offers to buy meals for "truly deserving" families in need, whole boxes of turkeys and vegetables and cranberry sauce. The people who did so spent at least an extra $30 at the grocery store to provide a holiday meal for someone else. But it was on a small scale: one individual giving to one family her or she could personally screen."

Did the prophet these people profess to follow "personally screen" those who came to him seeking help? Anyone? Real "Christian" of them.

/assholes.
 
2020-06-01 1:47:23 PM  

rewind2846: "Perhaps people here would rather support the idea of local charities because they can control where benefits go. During the holidays, I saw many people on Facebook posting generous offers to buy meals for "truly deserving" families in need, whole boxes of turkeys and vegetables and cranberry sauce. The people who did so spent at least an extra $30 at the grocery store to provide a holiday meal for someone else. But it was on a small scale: one individual giving to one family her or she could personally screen."

Did the prophet these people profess to follow "personally screen" those who came to him seeking help? Anyone? Real "Christian" of them.

/assholes.


Matthew 15:21-8:
21Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly."
23Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us."
24He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."
25The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said.
26He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to the dogs."
27"Yes it is, Lord," she said. "Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table."
28Then Jesus said to her, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed at that moment.


He tried to screen them, but then realized that it made him look like a dick.  Still: He made them beg for help.
 
2020-06-01 1:52:30 PM  

Alphax: Aquapope: Democrats: Afraid something bad might happen to somebody who doesn't deserve it.
Republicans: Afraid something good might happen to somebody who doesn't deserve it.

I'd update the latter: Afraid something good might happen to someone not a white man born into wealth.


That's what I said, somebody who doesn't deserve it.
 
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