The Word - The Guilted Age

  • Aired:  09/16/13
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As more Americans apply for food stamps and disability benefits, conservative pundits and independent crusaders believe it's good to shame them. (6:36)

BUT FOLKS, JUST BECAUSE THEYDON'T HAVE ANY MONIES,

DOESN'T MEAN I DON'T BELIEVEIN THE AMERICAN MIDDLE

CLASS.

THEY ARE THE GREATEST PEOPLEGOD EVER PUT ON THIS EARTH

WHO GIVEN HALF A CHANCETHERE SUCK THE GOVERNMENT'S

TEET UNTIL IT IS AS SCHRIFFELED AS A BALLOON IN

FEBRUARY.

LOOK AT LAST MPT'S JOBREPORT, THE SHARE OF

AMERICANS WHO ARE EITHERLOOK WORKING OR LOOKING FOR

WORK IS AT ITS LOWEST LEVELSINCE 1978.

BACK THEN THE ONLY GROWTHINDUSTRIES FROM $6 MILLION

MANTECH SUPPORT, DISCO FEVERVACCINE RESEARCHER, AND

FARRAH FAWCETT POSTERSQUEEGEE MEN.

AND I AM NOT THE ONLY PERSONWHOSE JOB IT IS TO CRITICIZE

PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT OF A JOB.

>> AKA THE TAKERS AREEXPLODING WHILE THE LABOR

FORCE, AKA THE MAKERS AREIMPLODING.

>> IN A NATION OF HANDOUTS,WHO REALLY NEEDS A JOB.

THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE SIGNINGUP FOR FOOD STAMPS INCREASED

BY AN AVERAGE OF 11,000 PERDAY THROUGHOUT THE OBAMA

YEARS.

>> MORE PEOPLE ARE GETTINGFOOD STAMPS, CELL PHONES,

HOUSING ASSISTANCE, RENTALASSISTANCE, HEATING

ASSISTANCE, YOU NAME IT.

>> I NAME IT?

OH, OH, I LOVE MAKE YOUR OWNNEWS, ALL RIGHT.

FREE MARSHMALLOW PEEPS,SILLY STRAWS, ROLLS OF TIN

FOIL, HOT TUB FULL OFCARAMEL, MAGICAL

TALKING-- THERE IS NO LIMITTO THE AMOUNT OF STUFF I CAN

IMAGINE THEY GET FOR FREE.

THE POINT IS-- (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: THE POINT IS,THE POINT IS I des PIECE

THESE MOOCHERS BECAUSE THEYDONE EVEN HAVE THE DECENCY

TO des PIECE THEMSELVES.

AND THAT FACT BRINGS US TOTONIGHT'S WORD.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)FOLKS, UNDER BARACK OBAMA

ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS LIKEFOOD STAMPS HAVE EXPLODED.

BUT I REMEMBER A TIME WHENNEEDY AMERICANS DIDN'T

FLAUNT THEIR LACK OF WEALTH.

>> LISTEN, I KNOW THERE IS ABIG THING TRYING TO

DESTIGMATIZE FOOD STAMPS BUTTHE GOOD PART ABOUT THE

STIGMA IS IT ACTUALLY DOESSERVE AS AN IMPETUS TO GET

PEOPLE OFF OF IT.

>> THIS EXPLOSION OFENTITLEMENTS, AND THE SENSE

OF SHAME IS GONE.

>> THERE IS NO SHAME ANYMORE.

>> SHOULDN'T THERE BE ATLEAST SOME STIGMA?

>> IT USED TO BE THATSOMEBODY WAS ON FOOD STAMPS,

IT WAS LAKE HEY, THEY'RE ONFOOD STAMPS, YOU KNOW, LOSER.

>> Stephen: YEAH.

(LAUGHTER)IT'S LIKE CHRIST SAID,

BLESSED ARE THE MEEK BUTWHAT A BUNCH OF, YOU KNOW,

LOSERS.

(LAUGHTER)(APPLAUSE)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)AND IT'S NOT JUST PEOPLE TOO

LAZY TO WORK WHO ARE GAMINGTHE SYSTEM.

IT'S ALSO PEOPLE TOO INJUREDTO WORK.

>> THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLECLAIMING DISABILITY NOW.

>> AND YOU KNOW WHAT CAN BECONSIDERED DISABILITY THESE

DAYS AND GET SSI AT THE AGEOF 40 OR 50, YOUR BACK HURTS

OR YOU HAVE A MOOD DISORDER.

NOW THESE THINGS DID NOTEXIST WHEN WE WERE COMING

UP.

>> A MOOD DISORDER?

>> Stephen: A MOOD DISORDER?

I MEAN WHO HAS A MOODDISORDER?

[BLEEP] DO IT RIGHT!

NOW WAIT A SECOND-- (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: WAIT A SECOND.

TECHNICALLY THAT'S NOT AMOOD DISORDER, THAT'S A MOOD

SUPERPOWER.

(LAUGHTER)BUT FOLKS-- YOU KNOW WHAT,

THAT, ALL OF THAT, THAT'SJUST TALK.

ONE CRUSADER IN PORTLAND,OREGON, IS TAKING ACTION.

WORKING ALONE, LIKE ALLGREAT AMERICAN HEROES.

YOU'RE BATMAN, YOU'REIRONMAN.

AND FOLKS-- (LAUGHTER)

>> THIS, THIS NEW SUPERHERODOES NOT FLY, HE FLIERS.

>> PORTLAND POLICE ARE NOWLOOKING INTO THE FLIERS

FOUND AROUND PORTLANDNEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE

THREATENING PEOPLE WITHDISABILITIES.

AT LEAST 75 PEOPLE HAVEGOTTEN THOSE FLYERS AND 14

NEIGHBORHOODS.

NOW THE FLYER CLAIMS THOSEWITH DISABILITIES THREATEN

DEMOCRACY BY ACCEPTINGGOVERNMENT BENEFITS WHILE

VOTING.

>> Stephen: YEAH, YOU SEE,IF YOU GET DISABILITY AND

YOU VOTE, YOU MIGHT VOTE TOKEEP YOUR DISABILITY.

IT'S SIMPLE.

IT'S THE SAME WAY-- IT'S THESAME WAY THAT IF YOU ARE'S

ON FIRE AND YOU VOTE, YOUMIGHT VOTE TO KEEP THE FIRE

DEPARTMENT.

(LAUGHTER)BUT FOLKS, THE FLYERS DON'T

JUST IDENTIFY THE DISABILITYPROBLEM.

THEY PROMISE TO IDENTIFY THEDISABILITY PEOPLE, JIM?

>> THE AUTHOR SUGGESTS THATRECEIVING BENEFITS MAKES

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ATHREAT TO THE REPUBLIC, AND

THEN WITH WHAT THE CITY SAYSIS AN UNDERLYING TONE OF

VIOLENCE, THE AUTHOR STATESTHAT THE NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO

ARE DISABLED IN THENEIGHBORHOOD ARE NOW BEING

POSTED WHERE THEY CAN BESEEN BY TAXPAYERS.

>> Stephen: AND TO SET ANEXAMPLE OF TRANSPARENCY AND

ACCOUNTABILITY, THIS HEROSIGNED USING HIS REAL NAME,

ARTEMUS OF THE WILDLANDS.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: I DON'T KNOW.

I ASSUME THAT IS HIS REALNAME.

NOW FOLKS, I WILL TELL YOUWHAT, I THINK ARTIE IS

RIGHT.

WE NEED TO KNOW NAMESBECAUSE SOMETIMES I CAN'T

TELL WHO'S DISABLED BYLOOKING AT THEM.

AND THAT'S WHY THIS HERO ISGOING TO NAME NAMES SO THE

NEIGHBORHOOD CAN DECIDE WHOIS TRULY DISABLED.

I MEAN YEAH, WHAT DO THEDOCTOR WAS DIAGNOSE THEM

KNOW.

I WANT A SECOND OPINION FROMTHE OLD GUY WHO WAVES AT

TRAFFIC.

IT'S LIKE, THINK OF IT LIKETHIS, IT'S LIKE WE'RE ALL

JOINING NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHCALLING THE POLICE TO REPORT

A SUSPICIOUS CAR.

BUT FOR THE RECORD, I DON'TWANT TO BE COLD HEARTED

ABOUT THIS.

THESE DISABLED DESERVE MORETHAN A SNAP JUDGEMENT WHICH

IS WHY COMMUNITIES SHOULDAPPLY A STANDARDIZED TEST BY

THROWING THE DISABLED IN THERIVER.

NOW-- IF, IT WORKS LIKETHIS.

IF THEY DROWNED, IF THEYDROWN WE KNOW THEY WERE

DISABLED.

AND DESERVED EVERY PENNY OFGOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE THAT

SADLY THEY NO LONGER NEED INTHEIR WATERY GRAVE.

NOW BUT IF, IF THEY DON'TDROWN, IF THEY DON'T DROWN

THEY WERE MAKING IT AND WESHOULD BURN THEM AT THE

STAKE.

NOW I KNOW-- I KNOW ITSOUNDS A LITTLE DRASTIC BUT

FOLKS, WHEN YOU'RE DEALINGWITH PEOPLE WHO FEEL NO

SHAME, SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TOBE SHAMELESS.

AND THAT'S THE WORD.