Rafael Cruz: Government Assistance is Slavery

Rafael Cruz, stumping for his son Ted, told a right wing radio show that Obama and the Democrats have made people become “locked into a slavery relationship with the government” by getting social assistance. Because as Barry Crimmins once deadpanned, “If you give people food stamps, you just trap them into eating every day.”

“I think that deception is the way that this administration operates in every area,” he said. “Look how people have been deceived into becoming dependent upon the government and having the government telling them that they’re going to take care of them from the cradle to the grave. It has destroyed the American dream, destroyed these people’s lives, they no longer strive to better themselves and to provide for their family…

“I keep going back to how that destroys the American dream, that destroys the incentive for somebody to better themselves,” Cruz responded, “and they become serfs of the government, and that just makes them locked into a slavery relationship with the government.”

Yeah, see, slavery was an actual thing, Mr. Cruz. And it wasn’t about making sure people had food and housing and health so they don’t starve, become homeless or died of an untreated medical condition. Your comparison is incredibly offensive and ridiculous. You might as well have said the government is committing terrorism against poor people, or genocide against them. Those would have been equally stupid and offensive.

And the truth is that the overwhelming majority of people who get welfare are on it for a short period of time, usually in times of economic downturn. That’s why the number of people receiving food stamps or unemployment insurance goes up during and after a recession, then goes back down as the economy recovers, as we’re experiencing right now. Except corporate welfare, of course; companies stay on that forever.

You see, Mr. Cruz, we decided as a society nearly a century ago that we weren’t going just let people starve to death. It’s the kind of thing that Jesus guy you claim to be so fond of would approve of.

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  • StevoR

    Dafuck Cruz!?

    Those words you use, I do not think they mean what you think they mean!

  • scienceavenger

    Look how people have been deceived into becoming dependent upon the government and having the government telling them that they’re going to take care of them from the cradle to the grave. It has destroyed the American dream, destroyed these people’s lives, they no longer strive to better themselves and to provide for their family.

    It’s amazing how entrenched this has become on the right as an ironclad assumption about the world considering there isn’t a shred of evidence supporting it, a testiment to confirmation bias.

  • StevoR

    You might as well have said the government is committing terrorism against poor people, or genocide against them. Those would have been equally stupid and offensive.

    Shhh! Ed! Don’t give ’em any ideas!

  • arakasi

    Huh. I thought the standard conservative complaint about food stamps was that we don’t make people work for them. That’s kind of the opposite of slavery

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    OK, so he doesn’t like the SLAVERY of government assistance. What if we made a new flag that represented government assistance slavery? Surely THAT would win him over! Flags representing slavery seem to be pretty popular with unreasonable people.

  • John Pieret

    Breaking news re ACA: Federal subsidies are available in Federal Exchanges. Decision in King v. Burwell is 6-3 with Roberts writing the majority opinion with Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan concurring.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    Cruz might want to rethink this. After all as a Cuban exile he probably got all sorts of government support an immigrant from Mexico wouldn’t have. Which, by his reasoning, makes him a government slave.

  • Artor

    Cruz is absolutely right. It’s terrible how the US gov’t has enslaved all those corporate CEO’s. They have nothing to strive for since they took billion-dollar handouts from the public teat.

  • colnago80

    Re John Pieret @ #6

    I suspect that the Rethuglicans will denounce the decision and at the same time thank their lucky stars that it went down as it did as it means that they don’t have to do anything.

  • Dave Maier

    Well, you have to admit that if you starve to death you’re as free as a (dead) bird and don’t owe anyone anything.

  • John Pieret

    colnago80:

    I’m sure of it. There was a report on NPR this morning that Connecticut’s exchange was receiving numerous calls from other states about using its software (which worked particularly well) in case the ACA was gutted. According to Connecticut officials 95% or more were from deep red states.

  • daved

    Just in: Court Upholds Obamacare, 6-3.

  • Jeremy Shaffer

    timgueguen at 7- But, if he got assistance, that’s different you see? That was Cruz getting, not someone else. The difference is pretty clear.

    Seriously, I’ve known several people who have, at one time or another, been on some form of government assistance, only to turn around and shout about how awful it is and that it needs to go away when they no longer have a need for it. If pressed on the hypocrisy they’ll have tons of reason why it was different and okay in their case as opposed to all the others, but you don’t have to boil down too much to find the only real difference was “It was me and now it’s them.”

  • Doug Little

    The old pull yourself up by the boot straps rings hollow when you don’t have any boots to begin with.

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

    Obama and the Democrats

    Dibs on 1960s pop band name!

  • StevoR

    @ ^ MO : 1960s?

  • StevoR

    @10 . Dave Maier : As the old rhyme goes :

    “America’s* a free land,

    Free without a doubt!

    If you haven’t any money,

    Then you’re free to go without!”

    – Unknown.

    * Applies also to Australia and many other places too for that matter.

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

    StevoR “@ ^ MO : 1960s?”

    Yes. Obama and the Democrats lead the Kenyan Invasion.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ MO : What the one that wins all them marathons?

  • Alverant

    I wonder if Cruz considers his tax exemption to be slavery because it too is government assistance. Same with all that corporate sponsorship and tax breaks.

  • lldayo

    This reminds me of that old proverb: Give a man a fish he eats for a day. Tell a man to get his own damn fish while taking away his fishing pole, net and lake and he eats rotting fish out of a garbage can for a lifetime.

  • roggg

    I thought the growing wealth inequality and associated reduction of class mobility killed the American dream. Who knew it was poor people eating? I feel smarter now.

  • raven

    The xian churches get $2 billion a year in federal money from the Faith Based Slush Fund. They also get a huge tax break.

    Does this make them slaves of the federal government? If so, they are happy about it and want a lot more money.

  • scienceavenger

    @290 No, he considers that the government allowing him to keep what he earned.

  • StevoR

    @21. lldayo : Or (seen on facebook)

    Give a man a gun and he robs a bank one day.

    Give a man a bank and he keeps robbing the world forever.

    (Or suchlike.)

  • caseloweraz

    Rafael Cruz, stomping on his son Ted, told a right wing radio show that Obama and the Democrats have made people become “locked into a slavery relationship with the government” by getting social assistance.

    FTFY. Of course, it’s a figurative stomping, and millions of Americans won’t see it that way. They, more’s the pity, actually believe what Cruz pere is saying.

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  • StevoR

    Why is it again that banks can rob us but we can’t rob them back?

  • busterggi

    Let the poor die, starve and be sick – it’s what Jesus wanted.

  • Synfandel

    Ted Cruz: “Daaaad! Would you please shut up? I’m trying to run for president here.”

  • colnago80

    Re caseloweraz @ #26

    Nothing on Cruz on that page.

  • colnago80
  • cptdoom

    Cruz might want to rethink this. After all as a Cuban exile he probably got all sorts of government support an immigrant from Mexico wouldn’t have. Which, by his reasoning, makes him a government slave.

    More importantly, is Cruz, Sr. on Medicare or Social Security, ’cause those are the main programs that create those government slaves, demanding they get their subsidy check every month and refusing to work, even going so far as to announce they’re not going to work anymore and demanding a party to celebrate.

  • smrnda

    I thought the deal was that Republicans hated the undeserving poor getting stuff for free. Last I checked, getting stuff for free was not *at all* what slavery was about – slavery was about being forced to work for free because someone else owned you.

    If the argument is that people prefer government aid to striving in the marketplace, well, part of self-determination ought to be deciding your own priorities. Not that that is actually happening, but if there even existed one such person who said “I’d prefer remaining on government aid to taking my chance working” I can only see that as an indictment of working – that working must either be a degrading experience or that it pays so poorly that the pittance someone gets on public aid isn’t that much worse.

  • caseloweraz

    Colnago80: Nothing on Cruz on that page.

    You’re correct. I must have saved the wrong link. I see you found the right one.

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

    Hm, let’s see:

    Slavery: You work without receiving pay.

    Welfare: You receive pay without working.

    So yeah, totally the same thing.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    It’s amazing how entrenched this has become on the right as an ironclad assumption about the world considering there isn’t a shred of evidence supporting it, a testiment to confirmation bias.

    When has the right ever needed a shred of evidence to believe something?

  • spamamander, internet amphibian

    Tell you what, that $70 a month I am now getting in SNAP assistance feels totally like being beaten, sold, and worked to death. Totally.

  • yoav

    theschwa @#5

    Just slap the confederate flag on food stamps and watch the right wing nutters fall over themselves protecting them as part of their southern heritage™.