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: yogiman on 9/28/12 at 8:40

Hang in there, Mike. Let's wait and see. No one knows how these debates will come out before they happen. Who knows, Obama might loose.

By: Mike Burch on 9/28/12 at 8:42


I agree that people who receive more government assistance than what they paid into the system should reimburse the government by providing labor. Even people who are home-bound can work from home these days, answering phones, doing light computer work, etc.

But there is no reason for Romney to lump 150 million Americans together, call them all lazy freeloaders with a sense of entitlement, and suggest that they are not worthy of housing, food or healthcare.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 8:43


OMG, some people don't know humor when it smacks them in the face. What an IDIOT!

By: Mike Burch on 9/28/12 at 8:45


I used "underclass" after our Rasputin used it in one of his critiques of my column. I think it accurately describes how the GOP now sees less fortunate Americans.

By: Mike Burch on 9/28/12 at 8:46


You made a good point. I wonder if Bibi the Merciless and Bishop Romney will decide that starting a war with Iran is the only way Romney can become president? A war with Iran right now will force President Obama to support Israel, I fear.

By: Mike Burch on 9/28/12 at 8:49


Your term "genetic underclass" says worlds about you as a person, I fear.

By: Mike Burch on 9/28/12 at 8:51


That's a great quote ...

“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: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 8:52

Mike, I thought it hit the nail on the head. Stewart often does. :)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 8:56

Mike, what I also don't understand is the "47%" members who still adore Romney. Talk about willfully blind cognitive dissonance!

By: Mike Burch on 9/28/12 at 8:58


Bishop Romney was NOT talking about cell phones, but the stuff of life. He specifically mentioned housing, food and healthcare as "entitlements" that 47% of Americans think they are entitled to. His obvious belief is that they are not entitled to basic things that make life possible.

We provide housing, food and healthcare to convicted criminals. So Bishop Romney is wildly off base, like a baseball player caught in a rundown between third and home who is about to cost his team any chance of victory.

By: Rasputin72 on 9/28/12 at 8:59

Mike Burch, I certainly hope that "genetic underclass" says worlds about the demise of the United States.

I know you want this comment to be construed as race related. It is not. It is genetically related to

By: yogiman on 9/28/12 at 9:00


Tell me, who was in office when the American's jobs started moving overseas? And I understand, George Bush did nothing to "bring them back home".

You have so many communist in government today it's hard to tell one from the other. And I mean both [so called] parties.

Unemployment is just another part of the mode to get the civilians under control.

I'll repeat my argument: With all of the questions raised about Obama's citizenship, which he continues to refuse to prove us wrong, why has congress sat on their a$$es refusing to support the people who put them in office to represent them? I'll argue they're in the game with him.

Unless you're a fellow communist with Obama, you should study communism to understand what's happening in this nation. If you want to give up your freedom and "join the gang" with Barry, have fun.

I prefer following the Constitution given to us by our founders.

And none of you have yet explained why Obama has signed 923 Executive Orders in 31/2 years.You should read them. Then get ready for his takeover.

Wonder is he's kin to Fidell Castro?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 9:02

If a certain troll had a clue he would know that the 923 Executive Orders line is a lie. www.factcheck.org is our friend.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 9:03

Q: Has President Barack Obama signed 900 executive orders, some of which create martial law?

A: No. Obama’s executive orders do not create martial law. And so far he has signed 139 executive orders — not 900.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 9:03

The email that states Obama has issued 900 executive orders and lists orders that previous presidents signed. The email also inaccurately describes those orders.

Another viral email cuts and pastes a constituent newsletter from Republican Rep. Kay Granger of Texas. She falsely claimed that an Obama executive order created martial law. Granger has since retracted her statements and removed the newsletter from her website.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 9:05

Another fine example of cognitive dissonance.

By: Rasputin72 on 9/28/12 at 9:07

to the large percentage of underclass in every race in the United States. These are the people that are flooding the country with more underclass. Now, if you asked me if there were more gentically underclass people in the black community I would have to say yes.

This is true of the prison system as well. But believe me when I tell you that the caucasians are turning out some pretty well defined underclass as well. Underclass marries or procreates with other underclass. Bird of a feather they say flock together.

We must remember that this is a nation of mongrels as a general statement. Mongrels do not always rise above their genetics.

By: Mike Burch on 9/28/12 at 9:08


Should we attack Italy over what happened when Caligula was in power? Why not stick to current history, when discussing politics?

I agree 100% about Andrew Jackson, but he is moldering in the grave, while Bishop Romney is running for president with a platform that includes eliminating taxes for the super-rich almost ENTIRELY, while ripping up the safety nets of the elderly, sick and poor.

By: bfra on 9/28/12 at 9:09


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

Mike that click was definitely not toward your comment. Just wanted you to understand that. Your articles are very articulate and on point. It would pay some of the trolls to read them for factual information.

By: Mike Burch on 9/28/12 at 9:52

Beth Myers forgot to mention that Bishop Romney has given President Obama so much material to use against him, that it's almost unfair ... like giving Tiger Woods golf clubs and his opponent toothpicks.

If President Obama doesn't mop the floor with Romney, I'll be surprised.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 9:53

The debates will be interesting.

By: Mike Burch on 9/28/12 at 9:57


Jon Stewart is a hoot, and also wonderfully informative.

One of the funniest things I have ever seen was his piece on the Murfreesboro mosque. When his Muslim reporter phoned "Achmed" to angrily point out that the Murfreesboro "sleeper cell" wasn't just sleeping, but comatose, not having managed to commit a singe act of terrorism in 30 years, I nearly fell out of my chair laughing my ass off.

Anyone who hasn't seen the skit "Tennessee No Evil" can watch it here:


By: Mike Burch on 9/28/12 at 10:01


You said, "Mike Burch, I certainly hope that 'genetic underclass' says worlds about the demise of the United States."

You make it sound as if you hope the US comes to bad end, to prove your theory. The GOP seems to have the same strange mindset, "We would rather destroy the economy than settle for racial equality and a fair, balanced system of taxation. We would rather perish as a nation than have a black president and compromise with him in order to help the majority of Americans."

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 10:04

Mike, I haven't seen that one - sounds like a Must See!

By: Mike Burch on 9/28/12 at 10:09


I don't think the 47% adore Romney, but many of them would vote for Hitler before they'd vote for President Obama. If Romney had any human warmth and empathy, he'd probably win in a landslide. All he really needed to do was appeal to independents who aren't ready to send 150 million Americans to the glue factory. But he has certainly done a good job of making it seem that's what he'd do, if he had his choice.

That so many of his intended victims would vote for him is a mystery that I can only chalk up to either apathy or an inability to understand English. Ironically, most foreign-born Americans probably understand Romney much better than his poor white constituency.

By: Mike Burch on 9/28/12 at 10:14


Thanks for the vote of confidence. I think this is a very important election. We simply can't return to the Bush "rescue plan" of transferring even more wealth to the richest Americans. Now Romney-Ryan would virtually eliminate federal income taxes for the wealthiest 1%, and it seems obvious to me that they actually WANT war with Iran. Another trillion dollar war that has to be fought and paid for by the middle and lower income classes spells national disaster, I fear.

So it is very important that we do what we can, as patriotic citizens, to put our nation on a sounder, saner path. That means voting for Democrats until the Republicans come to their senses.

By: Mike Burch on 9/28/12 at 10:20


If you are ever down in the dumps, just watch "Tennessee No Evil" and you will soon be rolling on the floor, I promise!

Not long ago we Tennesseans at least had people in Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas to poke fun at. But today it seems our state has become the bottom of the barrel ... guns in bars, guns in parking lots, no more mosques, don't say gay, no hand holding, etc.

It seems Tennessee is being run by the American Taliban. But at least we have talented comedians who can turn Tennessee ignorance and bigotry into a few good laughs.


By: Loner on 9/28/12 at 10:23

Bud, a draft-dodger is one who evades the draft...military conscription....Willard Romney did that, to escape service in the Vietnam War....he went on a Mormon Mission...to France....France had left a big colonial mess in French Indo-China....rather than help clean up the mess, Romney went to live with the mess-makers....he's a chicken-shit and hails from a long line of chicken-shits....and all 5 of his sons are chicken-shits too.....Romney is not presidential, he is a neocon chicken-hawk, of the Dick Cheney variety....we tried that crap for 8 years and we are still suffering the consequences....enough of this madness.

By: Loner on 9/28/12 at 10:29

MIke, did you see Bibi's red Sharpie marker and his cartoon bomb chart? He's insinuating that Iran has 70% enriched uranium and that they are therefore, 70% of the way towards their goal of a nuclear bomb.....the guy looked like Ross Perot with a comb-over...check it out:


This is the C-Span, full-length video.

By: Mike Burch on 9/28/12 at 10:46


I think we can now stick a fork in Bishop Romney, and say that he's done.

Even King Bibi has given up on Romney and the Romulans, and is now praising President Obama. Here's a report:

Mr. Netanyahu on Thursday praised the warning Mr. Obama gave Iran in his own General Assembly speech on Tuesday. “I very much appreciate the president’s position, as does everyone in my country,” he said. The Israeli leader’s speech also suggested that his deadline for a military strike was well past the American presidential election and into 2013 — perhaps as late as next summer.

King Bibi the Merciless may be a cruel taskmaster to millions of Palestinians, but he's no moron. He just announced that he won't try to influence the upcoming election by attacking Iran before the votes are tallied.

That removes Romney's hopes of finding an ace in the hole, despite all his sucking up to Bibi, Sheldon Adelson, et al.

Most American Jews are more liberal than conservative, and it seems likely that the Jewish vote will go solidly to Barack Obama.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 10:56

That's interesting.

By: brrrrk on 9/28/12 at 11:13

Mike Burch said


Your term "genetic underclass" says worlds about you as a person, I fear."

Indeed! Sounds a little "Aryan Nation"-ish to me.....

By: brrrrk on 9/28/12 at 11:22

Mike Burch said

"Not long ago we Tennesseans at least had people in Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas to poke fun at."

Wasn't the state slogan once.... "Tennessee.. well at least we ain't Mississippi!"

By: Loner on 9/28/12 at 11:24

I posted a link to Bibi's address to the UNGA....39 minutes long...it did not have the video I was talking about...the "cartoon bomb" speech.

Here is a link to a FP article that contains a Buzzfeed video of Bibi doing his red Sharpie marker & cartoonish bomb chart schtick:


Bibi is a first-rate professional zealot.....he is a master debater....a cunning linguist of the highest order....his speeches are magnificent.....this US-educated man knows every trick in the book...false analogies....false dichotomies...post hoc, ergo propter hoc,....reducto ad absurdum.....vox populi....ad hominem....non sequiturs....et cetera.

No doubt, Julius Caesar would stand in awe of this Netanyahu character.

By: Moonglow1 on 9/28/12 at 11:26


Check out the Alternative Investment Summit at the Cayman Islands


The rich will always have ways to increase and maintain their wealth.

Yes, the middle class need not apply.

The Cayman Alternative Investment Summit is an international conference that will bring together the world's leading institutional investors, fund managers, academics, economists and regulators in the Cayman Islands - the world's leading domicile for investment funds - to discuss and debate the fundamentals of a vibrant future for the alternative investments industry.

Alternative aka code name for wealthy only


Interested in "legal" ways to divert funds from the US Treasury and off set them by squeezing the middle class

By: Loner on 9/28/12 at 11:35

Yeah, Mike, Bibi just threw his buddy, the Bishop, under the bus....you are right, Bibi is no moron, just a meddling, merchant of mendacity. The PM's jeremiad at the UN was received with polite applause from the usual suspects.....Bibi called the UN a "House of lies"...then he proceeded to show us how it's done.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/28/12 at 11:40

brrrk, I believe I've seen that slogan before - lol!

By: Loner on 9/28/12 at 11:49

Thank you, Moonglow....a tsunami of wealth may sweep the Cayman Island natives right off the semi-submerged sandbar....are we witnessing Tectonic Economics in action?

I see the global economy as giant tectonic plates...when they shift, many folks suffer....but some folks make money, in spite of the tsunamis caused by economic temblors and trembling traders....guys like "Mitt" Romney.

By: dargent7 on 9/28/12 at 12:03

Great, lively debate today, as usual, with "Big Mike's" article.
The usual few notable exemptions, that being from "yogi" who would make Charles Manson decide to go straight start a new family.
#1:There's no way Romney can overcome his 45 second dissonance and disrepect and revulsion, of half the American people. Now his commercials have him saying he, "really cares about all Americans". Like, even us numbskulls cannot remember what he said a week ago?
#2: Obama is smarter and more authentic than Romney. He's an intellectual several degrees higher than Romney. But, the realness and authenticity comes thru where Romney appears plastic. Watch Romney speak. He constantly blinks and smiles too often for 'realness". He's 100% fraud and a fake. Ok, granted, he wants the job real bad, but during an "job interview", you cannot lie.
Obama, for all his warts, weaknesses, and faults, is a real person who cares. Look at his hair. At 51 it's turning white. He's beginning to look like Nelson Mandela who's 85.
#3: Obama is a college Prof. The nutty Birthers want to see his "papers", transcripts, SAT scores, birth weight and height. But just listen to Obama. It takes only a minute to know this guy is smart as hell.
These same detractors didn't graduate from H.S.
The John Deere School of Diesel Carburator & Cylinder Mechanics isn't Harvard University.
I'm impressed with my President and I graduated from the University of Michigan..."with the lowest possible honors..."(Shemp Howard).

By: dargent7 on 9/28/12 at 12:10

See Bibi at the UN Assembly? With his silly chart of a time-bomb and his "Red-Line" theatrics?
What is this, 5th grade?
He's attempting to goad us into attacking Iran because he's scared shitless of Iran.
That's on him.
Russia and China back Iran. Last time I looked, they live next to Iran. We're 6,000 miles away.
Where's Japan in all this? All of Europe?
Oh, just hire the mercenaries in the USA,..."they'll invade anybody for a price..."

By: brrrrk on 9/28/12 at 12:36

dargent7 said

"But, the realness and authenticity comes thru where Romney appears plastic. Watch Romney speak. He constantly blinks and smiles too often for 'realness"."

And the calculated way in which he mechanically turns his head from side to side just cracks me up...... hell, Geoffe Peterson, Craig Ferguson's robot sidekick on the Late Late show, looks more human.

And by the way Darg, good luck in Key Largo.... stop in every once in a while.

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


I enjoyed your 11:23 post where you said Romney is not presidential. Please tell me, what makes Obama presidential when all he's done is play golf, take vacations and date his wife with our money? (p.s., I say his wife but we haven't seen their marriage license either. Are they married of just shacking up?)

What has he done in the past 46 months that makes him so superior to Bush except sink us deeper into debt? But I don't call that superior actions.

I'll argue Romney is more presidential that Obama simply because he is Constitutionally eligible for that office and Obama isn't.

I'm still waiting for it to be proved he is.

By: Loner on 9/28/12 at 1:00

Darge, here is a link to a site that contains the video of Bibi and his red-lined bomb chart:


The guy insinuates that Iran is already enriching uranium to 70% levels...that's total BS...the man cries, "WOLF!!", yet he is a wolf, in sheep's clothing....the big eyes, the big teeth, the big bushy tail....that's no sheep....he's closing in on the watering hole.

By: brrrrk on 9/28/12 at 1:00


By: Loner on 9/28/12 at 1:01


By: Loner on 9/28/12 at 1:05

This Troll Dropping Avoidance Mode (TDAM) function is great...now, we need to automate it....clicking on the button is too much, "WORK!!!???", as my hero, Maynard G.Krebs might say.

By: bfra on 9/28/12 at 1:08


By: Rasputin72 on 9/28/12 at 1:15

Mike Burch......I truly like the United States the way it has been since the Pilgrims. Whomever is the brightest and the strongest the most talented and the most motivated shall reap all that he or she can carry.

I do not believe in sharing my gains and my spoils with those that are inferior or those that have failed.

This is just what I believe.

Now, if you ask me whether or not the tax code is fair? I certainly do not think that it is and should be totally overhauled. There are many things that I am willing to share in order to make this country stronger. More taxes is one of them. What I do not want to do is share my gains with those that are worthless and truly underclass. I am not talking about retired pensioners. I am not talking about the disabled. I am talking about the those that have never and will never contribute anything but grief and tears for the productive class. Able bodied but so genetically deficient that crime and acceptance of welfare is embodied in their every breath

Once again 47% of Americans pay no FEDERAL INCOME TAX. This should even to a socialist like you be an indication that there is dysfuntion in its ugliest terms awash in this country.

You think that it is the fault of the Republicans and I think it is because of faulty genetics being rewarded with too much welfare.

In any case, I expect we are going to get a good look at socialism during the next decade. As has been the case with humans since their beginning there will be some of us who elude this travesty. No one will ever repeal the law of self-preservation and survival of the fittest.

By: yogiman on 9/28/12 at 1:15


Did you "go to school" or just take naps in your classes? But don't worry, you're going to get one helluva education pretty soon. You'll wish you had studied in school.

I just can't understand how a man, with a college education, can admire a man so vividly whom he knows nothing about.