Many of our trolls were quite upset yesterday when I compared today’s Republican Party to 19th century Social Darwinists: one even compared me to Dinesh d’Souza.
But the truth hurts. You could do this almost every day, but today there is more. Via Yglesias, we find that Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri is vehement about maintaining farm subsidies, but wants to cut Food Stamps. As Matt notes:
The basic way that conservative politics works is that first you reduce taxes on rich people, creating a budget deficit. Then you rail against “spending” with reference to specific “weak claims” on the public purse. Then when it comes time to actually write a budget, you slash spending on “weak claimants,” vulnerable people with little political influence. Then you come back and do it all over again.
Meanwhile, over at TPM, we get a list of all the items that House Republicans want to cut from the President’s budget. Where to they want to cut? Ag subsidies? Subsidies for oil companies? The Defense Department? Oh, no. But they are happy to take a $2 billion whack out of job training, $1.3 billion out of community health centers, $200 million out of child and maternal health block grants, $405 million out of the Community Services Block Grant, and $530 out of the HUD Community Development Fund.
It’s not all about attacking the poor, of course: there is the war on the EPA, the NIH, the CDC, and just about all of federally-backed science. But at the end of the day, it’s pretty clear. I’ll stop calling Republicans Social Darwinists as soon as they stop being Social Darwinists.