The gentleman pictured here is at the Occupy Wall Street protests. Last night, I saw him at the Trinity Place side of Liberty Park, with that $20 bill dangling from one side of his face, partially removed so that he could converse with a fellow protestor.
Drudge, in typical “Hey, look at these liberal slackers” fashion, uses this photo to illustrate a Wall Street Journal story headlined “Nearly Half Of U.S. Households Receiving Government Benefits.” Because, you know hippie washouts like this guy do nothing but subsist on government handouts.
The story goes on to cite those favorite conservative complaints: that 34% of households received benefits such as food stamps; that 46% of them won’t pay any income tax. BECAUSE THEY’RE MOOCHERS, OF COURSE.
But are there any conservatives out there willing to admit that at some point, they’ve received Medicare benefits? Medicaid? Social fucking Security?
That the taxes they pay go towards infrastructure, police and fire services, schools?
That their collective health and well-being is looked after by government agencies focused on public health, food safety, and even provision of EMS services?
No, instead, lets focus on that bunch of nogoodniks hooting and hollering on Wall Street and trying to change the way things are done, starting with banking reforms and regulations, closing corporate tax loopholes, and getting
job creators the rich to pay their fair share of taxes. (Also maybe stop spending on wars, LOL!!!)
After all, look at that dirty hippie. He’s defacing a perfectly good $20 bill.