Spawn of the Brain Dead
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Zombie Apocalypse is upon us.
Never underestimate the capacity for civic ignorance among the American people.
Suzanne Mettler’s piece in Perspectives on Politics (free access to PDF) has many fascinating arguments about the political consequences of public ignorance about the benefits that people receive from the state. But this table is jawdropping. It shows the percentage of people who (a) benefit from various programs, and (b) claim in response to a government survey that they ‘have not used a government social program.’
529 or Coverdell 64.3 Home mortgage interest deduction 60.0 Hope or Lifetime Learning Tax Credit 59.6 Student Loans 53.3 Child and Dependent Tax Credit 51.7 Earned income tax credit 47.1 Social Security – Retirement and Survivors 44.1 Pell Grants 43.1 Unemployment Insurance 43.0 Veterans Benefits (other than G.I. Bill) 41.7 G.I. Bill 40.3 Medicare 39.8 Head Start 37.2 Social Security Disability 28.7 SSI – Supplementary Security Income 28.2 Medicaid 27.8 Welfare/Public Assistance 27.4 Government Subsidized Housing 27.4 Food Stamps 25.4
This is why we can’t have nice things.
When huge portions of our electorate can’t even grasp the basic concept of what a “social program” is, it’s no wonder we can’t have an honest discussion about budgetary policy, financial regulation, climate change, or any other goddamn thing. Thanks Fox Nooze, we couldn’t have been overrun by mouth-breathing, dumb-fuck goons without you.
Time to fortify the bowling alley and wait for the inevitable…