Burch: Eliminate the underclass!?

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

One of the many troubling things about the GOP these days is its dismissive attitude toward Americans who are not rich, healthy, straight, lily-white Christian men. This attitude can clearly be seen not only in what Republican politicians say — if we read between the lines — but also in the anti-underclass legislation they keep advancing at such a feverish clip.

I used the term “underclass” because it seems to accurately describe how the GOP as a party has come to view millions upon millions of less-advantaged Americans. When Mitt Romney recently suggested that 47 percent of Americans are freeloaders who believe they are “entitled” to food, it shouldn’t surprise us. For some time now the GOP has been veering toward a worldview in which the “good people” have the right and duty to “do something” about the troublesome underclass.

Once politicians with mentalities such as those currently permeating the GOP have achieved power, they force other people to conform to their worker-ant vision of proper appearance, productivity and behavior. Such people by nature despise nonconformists and independent thinkers. So we can probably predict what will happen to the United States if we elect politicians like Romney.

This is not just one man’s opinion but the logical product of our arch-conservatives’ backward-looking worldview.

The "Grand Old Patriarchs" have lined up millions of elderly, sick and poor Americans (all collectively “freeloaders” who lust after “entitlements”) in their legislative sights and are about to pull the trigger, if we let them.

What the GOP is saying, in no uncertain terms, is: “We don’t want your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. We want to get rid of the burden they represent to us — the good people — one way or another.” Little or no thought is given to a wildly unjust economic system that always favors the rich over the poor, resulting in 1 percent of the citizenry controlling as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent combined. Are there some freeloaders? Undoubtedly. But the simple truth is that most Americans are willing to work hard, given the opportunity, and it’s wrong to penalize the innocent collectively in the rush to punish offenders.

And who in his or her right mind can agree with Romney that half the American citizenry has no interest in working hard to get ahead? The 47 percent includes soldiers, cops, teachers and firefighters. It also includes retirees: our parents and grandparents. Or, as Jon Stewart put it, “Nana.”

Are we as a nation ready to tell Nana that even though she and Papa worked hard all their lives, they are now unworthy of the “entitlements” of housing, food and health care? That is, after all, what Mitt Romney suggested in a rare moment of candor, speaking to his rich patrons and constituents.

But suppose for the sake of argument that I’m wrong and Romney is correct. Even so, the GOP’s proposed solution — to force others to die slowly and agonizingly from a lack of food, housing and medical care — is unethical.

Instead, we must accept responsibility for helping people who are unable to help themselves. But we can do this intelligently. For instance, we now have the technology to allow people to work from home. So people who receive more assistance than they paid into the system could reimburse the government, or at least help defray the overage, by answering phones, doing light computer work, etc.

Bill Clinton is right. The Romney-Ryan budget math just doesn’t add up, unless we subtract millions of Americans by allowing them to wither and perish. This makes Romney-Ryan the road to national ruin and Nana’s painful demise. We need a president who gets basic math and the simple concepts of social and economic justice. As I have pointed out to one of the birthers who reads my column: If you love your mama, vote for Obama!

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

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158 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 9/28/12 at 3:39

Great piece, Mike.
There's no way Romney can back away and distance himself from that 'candid" 45 second speech.
I think, and hope, it sunk his campaign.
Running for president for 6 years, spending millions, and 45 seconds did him in.
No one should be shocked. He's been playing snipets for better part of this year what he believes about "the poor" and safety nets, and "caring".
As I've told everyone, I lived 4 miles from the Romneys in Bloomfield Hills, MI. (Kinda like I do now from Al Gore!)
They lived across the street from Aretha Franklin and Lee Iacocca. Talk about money up the wazoo.
I just hope Obama tears him apart during the debates and wins in Nov. by a landslide.
If only to shut up the Birthers, Townies, and other assorted idiots.

By: yogiman on 9/28/12 at 5:42

Another good article, Mike, even though it's written in your dumbocratic wording. Romney is obviously too practical and makes what is termed 'ignorant comments' in public talks.

It's obvious the Mother Jones magazine is an Obama 'voice'. Question: What did Romney say in that two minutes section of the recorded tape after his 47% remark? Was that two minutes erased? If not, was it turned off? If so, why did they turn the tape back on?

Was Romney lying about the 47% of non-taxpayers mentioned about for years? Me thinks not. So what do you want as President of our nation, a truthful man or a constant liar?

Unemployment aid was given back in the recession days of the 30s and 40s when I was a child. But the people receiving it worked for it. Even though some men just stood around with a shovel in their hands, It wasn't just a handout. They had to "go to work" to earn it.

When men got too lazy to work and they found out the government would give them a handout, they inherited the attitude of; Why work for that money when the government will give it to me? Hell yes, I'll vote for them.

And then, we have men like you who prefers to ignore the Constitution our founders formed for us as a guideline for our nation, to give us the freedom we've relished for over two centuries. And you say you are willing to accept a foreigner as your president because you like his lies the best. Are you an American, Mike? It sure doesn't look like it with your "to hell with the Constitution" thoughts.

Perhaps you could move to Kenya with Obama.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/28/12 at 6:09


By: bfra on 9/28/12 at 6:12


By: Captain Nemo on 9/28/12 at 6:22

To hear the idiom “underclass” reminds me of all the other privileged’ classification of lower income citizens just before their fall. The French, English and Russian Czars, (Rasputin) would flaunted their wealth and stations above all others.

By: Kosh III on 9/28/12 at 6:25

Here's a good example of an alleged election fraud felony right here in Nashville. By a Republican of course.


By: Loner on 9/28/12 at 6:28


Good morning, Nashville.

Another fine missive from Mike Burch.....a lonely liberal....the Volunteer State's voice in the wilderness. Good job, Mike.

Yes, I think it's true, the 47% gaffe is Willard's equivalent of his daddy's "brainwashed" gaffe....it must be an old Romney family tradition: Remove Silver Spoon. Insert Foot.

Give it another twenty years and one of Willard's five sons will probably make his run for POTUS....and defeat himself with another major Romney-gaffe....it just runs in the family.

All Mitt needs now is a miracle....he's praying that his buddy, Bibi, does something to save his @ss....even if that means more holy war for the US.

By: dargent7 on 9/28/12 at 6:35

What is it with this prevelant [click] thing going on?
Does that mean you agree with the prior post?
Like "ditto"?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 6:45


It's a new device that mutes the troll postings, dargent.

By: Loner on 9/28/12 at 6:48

Yeah, Darge, instead of responding to the troll's incessant BS, we just hit the Troll Dropping Avoidance Mode button.....suddenly, the road apples are gone and it's happy motoring, once again....try it.

By: Rasputin72 on 9/28/12 at 6:53

I am appalled by this article!

I resent the fact that this intellectual socialist/communist leaning writer has applied the word underclass to the entire 47% who pay no FEDERA: INCOME TAX.

I cannot fault him however for distorting the facts. The "thinking class" from every walk of life has been that for emphasis since thinking became a segment of mankind/

As a solid member of the 2% and an ex 1 percenter, I do not like to feel villianized by the fact that in my lifetime I have paid millions and millions of dollars in FEDERAL INCOME TAX. This was paid along with my peer group to lhave national parks,Interstate highways,postal service,military protection,a justice system and of course a sizable contribution towards the welfare of the true "underclass" (not the retired ex-working class)

This it seems to me is a rather expensive contribution for these national treasures.
The true "underclass has received these benefits courtesy of people like me by contributing nothing. It seems unlikely that the 47% and their sympathetic socialistic writer could think of people like me as their enemy. Without people like me there would
hardly be as many of the 47% in the obese category.

However, as a member of the "thinking class" I do not see the writer and quest for pseudo
financial equality among men as too far away in this country.

When a democratic republic like the United States has 47% of its people paying no FEDERAL INCOME TAX. rest assured that change is coming. The 47% only has to influence 4% of the productive class that their cause is just. I think we started to see that in 2008. It is continuing today. I think in November we will see the re-election of a failed Presidency. The deciding issue is not the economy but class warfare as advocated by the socialist writer and Obama.

Unfortunately for not only the underclass,the working class,the productive class and the one percenters this changing of the rules will result in chaos for every class.

Communism will not work. Socialism seems to work well in Denmark and Norway and Sweden but then again these countries do not have a genetic underclass. Diversity of interest and culture will bring the United States to its financial knees.

By: bfra on 9/28/12 at 6:59


By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 7:00

“The biggest problems with the denizens of BS Mountain is… If they had success they built it. If they failed, the government ruined it for them. If they get a break they deserve it. If you get a break, it’s a handout and an entitlement. It’s a baffling, willfully blind cognitive dissonance.” - Jon Stewart

By: MusicCity615 on 9/28/12 at 7:04

Morning Nashville-

I like Obama for several reasons, I like Romney for several reasons. I'm here bringing some bipartisanship- neither candidate is perfect!


By: yogiman on 9/28/12 at 7:05

Well, children (mentally that is),

We have 0nly 40 days to see who the fool is, or fools are.

Of course, except for one or two, I don't know of your ages, so it boils down to this: If I'm right and we get an legally qualified American to win the race, America will stay being run according to the Constitution our founders developed for us.

But if your favorite usurper remains in office, you will become his children and you can bet your a$$ he will tell you how to live your life and what to do.

By: bfra on 9/28/12 at 7:08


By: yogiman on 9/28/12 at 7:18

I've put this on the other post of this weekend. Look into why Obama has issued 923 Executive orders in 31/2 years. That's 23 per month.

Better question: Why is congress witting on their a$$es. The only conclusion I can come up with is they're in the game with him. They won't have to get re-elected any more to have their political career.

By: budlight on 9/28/12 at 7:19

When Mitt Romney recently suggested that 47 percent of Americans are freeloaders who believe they are “entitled” to food, it shouldn’t surprise us.

Mike he did not say that. He is talking about all types of entitlements.

I know a woman who has a full time job; owns a droid and has 2 FREE GOVERNMENT CELL PHONES. I said, "oh my gosh, why do you pay for your droid and then get 2 free gov't cell phones?" Her flippant answer was: BECAUSE I CAN.

Yes, she can. She and millions of others like her. She actually has a good life, a good family (daddy and mommie give her money all the time) and she has an ex who she gets child support from. Now you are assuming she's a lily white, white girl. Nope. Not al all. She and others like her thnk they are entitled to all the free stuff for one reason only. I won't say what it is. I am not opposed to widows, children and the handicapped getting help. Who would be? No one. But there are a lot of free loaders in this country.

Yogi, the Obama clan is already telling people how to live, what to drive, when to drive, what to eat, when to eat. It's sad. I hope he loses. He spends more time on talk shows yacking it up with his croonies than he does running the white house.

And talk about a looser: He never joined the army or even the boy scouts, so how can he be commander in chief? He's not. He's comedian in chief.

By: budlight on 9/28/12 at 7:20

D7 you didn't respond to Florida now doing drug tests for welfare folks. They have to pass the drug test or get no benefits. What do you think of that?

By: bfra on 9/28/12 at 7:24


By: MusicCity615 on 9/28/12 at 7:27

Great posts Budlight.

By: Rasputin72 on 9/28/12 at 7:28

BLANKETNAZI..........Are you implying that there is bullshit going down on this board?

Surely you jest!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 7:30

Raspy, you should know - lol!

By: Loner on 9/28/12 at 7:30

Florida is drug-testing welfare recipients? No welfare for addicts?

Since organized religion is the opiate of the masses, devout believers should not be entitled to welfare either....atheists only.

Prescription and OTC drugs will not affect eligibility...alcohol and caffeine will not affect eligibility....this is an obvious attempt to get the pot-smoking old hippies off the welfare rolls...Reefer Madness 2012...in the "Sunshine State".....it's mean-spirited mass hysteria.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 7:34

Loner, FL actually experimented with drug tested but stopped because it wasn't cost effective. Only a small percentage of folks tested positive and the gains made by catching them didn't justify the cost.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/28/12 at 7:36

Blanket, Jr., thought of himself as a thinking man and could that he could out smart anyone. It did not matter how many times he got caught with his cons, he still thought was the cleverest.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 7:38

Those are the ones that are easiest to catch. Hubris always bites them in the backside. It's the ones that are not braggards that are hard to chase down. But there are still ways to do that as well. It just takes more skill and creativity.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/28/12 at 7:40

Well I guess bud won’t be moving to Fl., if she ever sales her bridge.

By: Loner on 9/28/12 at 7:42

Bud prefers the draft-dodging type, for US Commander-In-Chief...Bud would vote for any alternative to four more years of this black family in the White House.

Bud would prefer a tax-dodging tycoon for POTUS, as opposed to a man who came from humble roots, but achieved greatness, by virtue of his brains and hard work.

Bud would prefer a POTUS who has shown his utter contempt for 47% of America, as opposed to a POTUS who respects and serves the entire nation.

Bud has been bullshat for so long, she is now self-bullshitizing.....and she's spreading her bullshit on the internet....bless her bullshit-stained heart.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/28/12 at 7:46

Well then I guess bud can move to Fl.

By: budlight on 9/28/12 at 7:48

Bill Clinton never joined the Army either. Obama's daughters will not join. Clinton's daughter, nor Carter's daughter joined the military.

I prefer that we have a person who believes in the freedom of speech, the constitution and freedom of religion (not just for muslims).

Yes, Capt. Florida is my destination when I move. Or maybe Montana. But not TN.

And Loner, you know you don't like freeloaders any more than anyone else. But you jjust don't admit it.

How much did you donate to your unemployed friends this year Loner? Yeah, I thought so.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/28/12 at 7:48

Loner, the troll is stained with BS. It comes naturally now.

By: parnell3rd on 9/28/12 at 7:49

More demoNcratic propaganda! how come you fail to point out what Democratic President Andrew Jackson did to Native American's?
How come you did not point out the Democratic policies under President Roosevelt kept this country in poverty?
How come you cannot point out all of the laws passed by Democrates to keep Black People from voting?
How come you do not use the quote by Democratic President LBJ on Civil Rights "When I sign this into law those Blacks will be voting for us the next 200 years" ????
How come you do not bring up the facts of the Democratic's refusal against earlier Civil Rights laws?
Democrats have more history of being racist. Is this why you became a DemoNcrat?

By: Captain Nemo on 9/28/12 at 7:50

bud, you better hurry and sale that rat infested bridge, before the city condemns it.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/28/12 at 7:51

The rat from Madison drools.

By: yogiman on 9/28/12 at 7:53

You're right, dumba$$. It's filled with yours and your fellow posters.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/28/12 at 7:53

I just wish when p3 post lies, he would show some evidence. Wait it can't..there is none.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/28/12 at 7:54


By: Kosh III on 9/28/12 at 7:58

Sid said

You mean the program started by Reagan, expanded by BUSH to include cell phones and which is funded 100% by the phone companies and NOT the taxpayers?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 8:01

Oh, Kosh. She doesn't have time for facts! LOL

By: Kosh III on 9/28/12 at 8:03

Maybe Parnell should also state that the Civil Rights laws were pushed by non-Southern Democrats like HHH and by LIBERAL Republicans. Liberal Republicans who were then purged from the party.
And don't forget that most racist Democrats switched to the GOP like Senator Thurmond of SC.

By: yogiman on 9/28/12 at 8:04

They can't read that well, parnell3rd.

I have another question for them: On November 21. 2007, why did Obama make the statement; "The day I'm inaugurated the Muslim world will look at America differently"?

Listen to him at townhall.com/video/obama-in-2007-the-day-im-inaugurated-the-muslim-world-will-look-at-america-differently/

Confidence I can see, but how did he know he was going to "win" by November 21, 2007; a year before the election?

By: Kosh III on 9/28/12 at 8:06

"Yogi, the Obama clan is already telling people how to live"

The "less government" crowd aka Republicans tell us who we can and cannot love, who we can and cannot marry, when where and how to procreate and/or have sex.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 8:11

If it wasn't already clear that Mitt Romney and his allies are trying to lower expectations heading into next Wednesday's debate against President Obama in Denver, the campaign is now making it official.

In a memo about the debates distributed to campaign surrogates and provided to CNN on Thursday, longtime Romney adviser Beth Myers outlines a series of reasons why the president is likely to emerge as the winner of the first debate.


Even his own team has no faith in him!

By: dargent7 on 9/28/12 at 8:19

Bud: I thought that was overturned in the Supreme Court case, Horseshit v. Bullshit.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/28/12 at 8:22

Romney campaign


Our goose is cook.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/28/12 at 8:27

Does bud’s out of date information surprise anyone? Living under a rat infested bridge the old gal has a hard time keeping up with anything thing timely.

By: Mike Burch on 9/28/12 at 8:35


I agree. I think Romney has shown his true colors a number of times now ... enough for the American public to realize that he' s an elitist and a narcissist who lacks empathy for people who are not sufficiently like him, in his opinion.

He seems to only care about looking good to the people he admires, and attaining the presidency. I don't think he cares about the working classes the way other rich presidents did: FDR and JFK, for example.

I think the Romneybot will have a tough time in the debates, since his budget math doesn't add up to anything except national ruin.

By: yogiman on 9/28/12 at 8:37

Was it a farce or a fact? I saw a newscast about a "embarrassed" Diebold official apologizing after one of their electronic voting machines prematurely revealing the winner of our upcoming sham election. It showed Obama as the winner.

And I understand they have changed the vote count by stopping it from being made in a foreign country.

What the hell is going on? Have we been sold down the river?

By: Mike Burch on 9/28/12 at 8:39


I too would like to know what's in the missing two minutes.

If you think Romney is practical, I think you've spent too much time studying Barack Obama's birth certificate, and not nearly enough time studying Bishop Romney's career as a liquidator of American jobs and companies. Now he wants to liquidate the elderly, the sick and the poor for the same reason ... so that the rich can get richer without the overhang.