Clueless Actress: Public Assistance is Just Like Slavery

Stacey Dash was one of the lead characters in the movie Clueless and that word seems to describe her perfectly. She’s now a Fox News contributor and she said on a recent show that giving public assistance to families with children is just like slavery.

Turning to co-host and former Clueless actress Stacey Dash, Faulkner said, “Stacey, I know you have some strong thoughts on this.”

Dash immediately called it “slavery” before listing off a seemingly random laundry list of unrelated topics.

“This is the Democratic party’s new version of slavery to me,” she stated. “I am a believer in the American dream. But as long as you are told where you have to live, what you have to eat, what you have to wear, where you have to go to school, you will never know the true meaning of expression. And, the power and value of self achievement. You’ll never know what that is.”

Saying she was playing “devil’s advocate,” a seemingly confused Faulkner asked Dash, “What would you say to somebody who would argue that those so many of these children might be needing these programs and so you would be leaving them behind if you didn’t shore them up.”

“You educate them, ” Dash simply stated. “You support them and you give them a certain amount of time, you don’t just keep giving it to them.”

Yeah, it’s slavery — but it’s okay for a little while. I’ve heard this welfare = slavery argument a million times from conservatives, but they never actually spell out what is supposed to be analogous between them. That’s because they can’t, of course, because their argument is bullshit. That’s why it has to be defended with word salads like the one Dash gave above.

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  • John Pieret

    Turning to co-host and former still Clueless actress Stacey Dash

    Setting the record straight.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Welfare is just like slavery, but worse because it’s addictive! Once you get the first (free) sample from the guy on the left corner, you need another and another and another — your mind isn’t your own [1] and you can’t leave the projects to invent revolutionary new metals for railroads.

    [1] Partly thanks to the food stamps being fluoridated

  • Trebuchet

    The “Clueless Actress” jokes just write themselves!

  • Mr Ed

    Until now I never realized how repressed with the “government” telling me which side of the road to drive on and how fast to go. RED LIGHTS ARE SLAVERY!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Don’t you see? Us Conservatives simply want to free those people from the slavery of being forced to live on the Democrat plantation. And also the money would be better spent on tax cuts.

  • http://Reallyawakeguy.blogspot.com somnus

    “You educate them… Oh, and now might be a good time to mention conservative opposition to public education…”

  • raven

    “You educate them… Oh, and now might be a good time to mention conservative opposition to public education…”

    True.

    1. The christofascists have been having a War on Public Education for a while.

    2. It’s been rather successful in many places. Brownback in Kansas managed to wreck theirs by the magic of Supply Side Economics which failed as usual.

    3. That is going to be a serious problem in the USA in a few decades. The nice thing about wrecking the public schools (for the America haters of the right) is that the damage is delayed for a decade or so.

  • matty1

    By ‘educate’ she means you make statements like hers in the media and hope people will see them and go “My God! now I have learned The Truth!”

  • thebookofdave

    To be fair, public assistance is pretty horrible. It’s a parasitic drain upon the productivity of honest workers, and encourages sloth, selfish greed, and contempt for those who spend a lifetime creating wealth. Unlike slavery.

  • Sastra

    But as long as you are told where you have to live, what you have to eat, what you have to wear, where you have to go to school, you will never know the true meaning of expression.

    So she wants to loosen some of the restrictions placed on what you can do when on public assistance? Liberal of her.

  • theguy

    “as long as you are told where you have to live, what you have to eat, what you have to wear, where you have to go to school,”

    Clueless indeed. Public housing has been replaced with housing vouchers that give people more freedom (within their budget) to decide where to live, instead of being stuck in the projects. The food stamp program doesn’t restrict the types of food you can buy. Wingers get angry about that and spin fables about poor people buying expensive shit while taxpayers (who somehow are always wingers) are being taxed into poverty.

    I suppose it may be possible to buy a small quantity of lobster or something like that with food stamps, but I still think most of these stories of people abusing the system are bullshit.

  • matty1

    To be honest I’m not comfortable with even restricting payments to food. It still smacks of the idea that poor people are not to be trusted with financial decisions and someone needs to decide for them what they need. I’d say trust the poor family who know they have enough food for this month but the children need new shoes, rather than assuming that if you pay cash they’ll somehow squander it.

  • sugarfrosted

    This “Welfare is Slavery” gambit is really bizarre. That’s slavery, but the situation where you can either work in a high mortality factor or starve to death isn’t? You know the exact situation that existed before such social programs. This is the same trap the Libertarian ideal of “economic freedom” falls into.

    @12 I agree with that mostly, though I still have reservations about allowing people to use it for addictive substances like alcohol and tabacco. Though perhaps that should be more a case by case basis.

  • smrnda

    For a while, I was unable to work and was on disability. So I got a disability payment which I could, more or less, spend as I saw fit, along with vouchers for housing and for food. I had about as much freedom in choosing where to live as I would have if I’d had a similar amount of income in actual $, and I ate what I felt like. The only stipulation was that I had to see a doctor to verify my eligibility.

    The thing that is most notably *different* from my situation and from slavery was the complete absence of any requirement to work. Or any restrictions on what I could do or where I could go.

  • throwaway, never proofreads, every post a gamble

    To be fair, public assistance is pretty horrible. It’s a parasitic drain upon the productivity of honest workers, and encourages sloth, selfish greed, and contempt for those who spend a lifetime creating wealth. Unlike slavery.

    *blink*

    Either some bit of this snark is missing or it isn’t snark.

    Is there some allusion to plantation owners and those who benefited from slavery being the parasitic drains on honest workers?

    I’m not familiar with the ‘nyms on this blog so it’s kind of hard to tell what your politics are.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    +1 internet to thebookofdave. You can take it from throwaway, never proofreads, every post a gamble, who is clearly too young and naive to be venturing out on the internet.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Slavery: You are forced to work without pay.

    Public assistance: You are paid without being forced to work.

    So, same thing basically.

  • thebookofdave

    Oops! Sorry, @throwaway. I didn’t mean for you to step in my poe. Probably the result of my Clueless work ethics.

  • dingojack

    Slavery = welfare.

    And next on ‘FAUX’s Privilege Hour’, ‘war=peace’… @@

    Dingo

  • coffeehound

    M.O. @ 5,

    And also the money would be better spent on tax cuts

    AHA! False conservative! Everyone knows tax cuts pay for themselves! Real conservatives want poor kids to not get food stamps on just general, feel-good principle……teach kids about bootstraps and such…..with a little salt they’re almost edible.

  • http://anexerciseinfutility.blogspot.com tommykey

    Maybe conservatives mean that those of us who pay taxes are slaves to the people on welfare. Shaniqua with her five kids by five different fathers is my overseer, or something like that.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    Hi,

    It’s that time of the year when we ask people to dig a little deeper to help those who are less fortunate.

    Statistics show that nearly 97 percent of conservatives have no access to dictionaries or thesauruses, and thus they don’t know what words actually mean. (U.S. Americans also have no maps of The Iraq, but that’s another story). This situation leads to much confusion when they compare the current president using constitutional powers to Fascism; when some idiot on Fox News thinks that someone being paid for not working is analogous to forced servitude.

    And if you think it’s confusing for them, just think how much more confusing it is for the sane people in the U.S. who are within spitting distance of average intelligence and who are forced to attempt to figure out what the hell it is they’re on about.

    So, as we do each December, we are asking that those who have a little extra money give to Dictionaries for Dumbasses Fund. Dictionaries for Dumbasses has been purchasing dictionaries each year — the really, really heavy hard cover unabridged versions — for more than two decades. Our helpful representatives take these dictionaries to the homes and work places of conservatives who don’t know what words mean and hit them repeatedly over the head with them while reciting definitions of such words as “Nazi” and “torture” and “racism” and “persecution”.

    So far it doesn’t seem to have enlightened anyone, but our volunteer representatives sure seem to enjoy themselves. So much so that every year we are having to turn more and more people away.

  • Acolyte of Sagan

    fifthdentist, would your organisation be interested in my latest invention? It looks and feels like a standard baseball bat, but has a Kindle built into the handle, ready programmed with the dictionary and thesaurus of your choice, and comes complete with voice synthesiser which will give the required definition on your volunteers’ behalf.