- New Hampshire Primary
- Kemper Discussion
- Shelter Inaction
- Drug Choices
- Possession Of
- Yesterday's Catch
- Water Bond
- Crybaby Brat
- Yellowstone Wolves
- Ending Homelessness
- Taxing Wealth
- Public Civility
- Hillary's Record
- KZYX Elects
SANDERS, TRUMP WIN BIG in New Hampshire.
Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders swept to thumping outsider victories in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, seizing on the fury of grass-roots voters to rock the elites who control American politics. Trump got 34% in a still relatively crowded Republican field winning over second place Ohio governor John Kasich who got only 16%. (Cruz, Bush and Rubio tied at about 11%.) Sanders, Senator from nearby Vermont, got an impressive 60% of a big voter turnout in New Hampshire, a much bigger margin over Clinton’s not-quite-40% than the thin one Clinton allegedly took in Iowa.
KEMPER REPORT: In August of 2015, the Executive Office contracted with Kemper Consulting Group to perform a review of Mendocino County’s mental health services, in particular the delivery of services by the Administrative Service Organizations, Redwood Quality Management Company and Ortner Management Group. In conducting this review, Kemper reviewed a wide range of written documents, fiscal and programmatic data, and conducted over 40 key informant interviews, including members of the Board of Supervisors, county staff, Behavioral Health Advisory Board members, justice system officials, representatives of both ASOs, and local service providers. The Board discussion on the Report’s analysis and recommendations is planned at 1:30 pm on February 16th.
— County CEO/Board Clerk Carmel Angelo
IMPRESSIONS OF THE SUPES ON THE COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER
I attended the meeting yesterday and want to take the time to express my disappointment with the process. You heard from many county citizens yesterday and the overwhelming majority pointed out the short comings of the shelter as it is today and how it is not serving the county's homeless pet population.
The discussion afterwards between all of you was fascinating and frustrating to listen to. How all four of you and Ms. Cryer's sidekick pushed that political shelter foot ball around the room, successfully avoiding to hold anybody to task for letting the Petaluma shelter proposal languish for over six month with no action. To avoid making a decision, taking a stand or making a concrete follow up plan was truly sickening. Listening to what was NOT said, I walked away with the impression that the Petaluma proposal is already dead, because Petaluma cannot offer their services for less then what the county spends on the shelter to date. Even the possibility to have the shelter future on the next BOS meeting agenda seemed at best tentative.
If my sources are correct the interim shelter manager is going to be Mary Jane Montana, the former Executive Director of the SPCA Lake County shelter, a failed shelter that since has been closed. Supposedly Ms. Montana was fired from her position there for not vaccinating and caring for the animals appropriately. Is this really the best we can do for our animals?
MY DOCTOR GOT BUSTED
by John Hardin
I’ve never understood people’s fascination with pharmaceutical drugs. I’ve been prescribed narcotic pain meds, and found their effects nearly as unpleasant as the pain they were meant to relieve. The only pharmaceutical drug I ever remember enjoying was something called a “pink lemon stat.” At the time, roughly 30 years ago, I played bass in a hard working rock band.
We played two or three gigs a week, and I waited tables at a restaurant to pay the bills. Our guitar player had an overweight girlfriend who had a prescription for 90 of these beans every month, to help her lose weight. She shared them with her boyfriend, and he shared them with the band. Half of one of those pills would keep me energized all night.
One weekend, however, after playing gigs on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, plus an after hours jam after the gig on Saturday, and then working the Sunday Brunch shift at the restaurant, I remember walking home after work. The whole world seemed impossibly gray, bleak and depressing. I knew I couldn’t bear to feel that way for long, and I never, ever want to feel that way again. I never took any more of those little pink pills after that.
At the other end of the spectrum, I discovered cannabis and psychedelics as a teenager, and my relationship with these mostly plant and fungus-based compounds has been entirely positive. Although I am not a doctor, I recommend them to everyone, despite the fact that you cannot get any of them from a pharmacist and your insurance will not cover the cost.
This is how I see the world of drugs in America: All of the good drugs are listed under “Schedule 1” and prohibited to everyone, including doctors and scientists. You can buy all of the bad drugs you want, at the pharmacy, so long as you have a note from your doctor, and the worst drugs, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and sugar are heavily advertised, ubiquitous, and all but crammed down our throats. As cruel and perverse as it seems, the logic behind our nation’s drug policy is impeccable, in that it maximizes the potential for harm and the profitability of all drugs.
Other people might see it differently, and apparently I’m in the minority here in Humboldt County. It seems that here in Humboldt, our enthusiasm for prescription drugs nearly eclipses our passion for cannabis. We don’t have big colorful festivals to celebrate our love for prescription drugs, but according to a great piece by Ryan Burns at LoCO, we consume the equivalent of 14 Vicodin tablets per day for every man woman and child in Humboldt County, “including babies and people in comas.”
At that level of consumption, it’s a wonder we’re not all in comas. I also read recently that we have more active prescriptions for pain meds in Humboldt County that we have people, by about 20 percent! I guess Oxycontin alone doesn’t cut it anymore. Does it really hurt that much to live here? Or, do local doctors nurture our enthusiasm for narcotics by prescribing them as freely as I recommend weed?
Recently, my doctor, at least the last real doctor I saw at Redwoods Rural Health Clinic here in Redway, made the news because of her enthusiasm for prescription drugs. Dr. Wendi Joiner pleaded “no contest” to DUI and drugs charges, and had her license to practice medicine suspended. A state medical board disciplinary investigation determined that Dr. Joiner had written 33 prescriptions, for a wide range of drugs, to a fictitious patient.
A few years ago Dr Wendi Joiner left Redwoods Rural to take a job in Marin County, but in December of 2014, a State Trooper pulled her car over in Sonoma County, and that’s when things began to fall apart for her. When the cops pulled her over, she appeared intoxicated and failed a sobriety test. In her car, they found two full, and one mostly empty bottles of booze, a whipped cream dispenser, charged with nitrous oxide, along with nine casesof nitrous oxide cartridges, or “whip-its,” and over 100 prescription pills, ranging from Norco and Xanax, to Ritalin. Apparently, perhaps ironically, she had no weed on her.
The article I read, suggested our good doctor was using the nitrous oxide to inhale the other drugs. I still cannot imagine how that would work, but maybe she knows something I don’t. She is, or at least was, a doctor, after all. Either way, she had enough drugs to get a lot of people really fucked-up, even without the novel delivery system.
The Whip-its surprised me. First, because, being a doctor, you’d think she could get her hands on one of those nice refillable nitrous tanks, rather than waste all of those stupid disposable metal cartridges. Second, I remember seeing lots of those spent whip-it cartridges on the side of the road, all over SoHum, back when she worked here, and not so many since. I would have never guessed that she dumped them.
I remember noticing a Burning Man sticker on the back of her Subaru in the parking lot, which told me a little about her, but for all of her now famous enthusiasm for prescription drugs, she did not seem particularly interested in practicing medicine. I recall she spent most of our time together in the exam room looking at her cell phone. I also recall that she did not look well.
She was relatively young and slender, without any major deformities. She should have been attractive, but her hair looked particularly dull, and her skin had no glow. I attributed it to overwork, because I assume all doctors work too much, but everyone else I know who looks that way, has health problems. I hope she gets the help she needs, but unfortunately, doctors seem to be much better at creating these kinds of problems than solving them.
On Sunday, February 7th at about 8:11 am, Ukiah Police Department officers were dispatched to 504 Park Blvd. (Anton Stadium) for a report of an occupied suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, officers found the vehicle and contacted the driver identified as Jeremy Auman, age 31, from Laytonville and the passenger, identified as Evangeline Martinez, age 27, from Willits. During the investigation, officers found that Auman and Martinez were in possession of suspected methamphetamine, Oxycodone and drug paraphernalia. Inside the vehicle was a loaded unregistered 9mm handgun, which was linked to Auman. Auman was placed under arrest for possession of an unlawfully obtained firearm, possession of an illegal controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Martinez was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Both were booked into the county jail.
CATCH OF THE DAY, February 9, 2016
JODY ANGEL, Ukiah. DUI.
CHRISTOPHER BECK, Ukiah. Burglary, burglary tools, loitering, conspiracy.
JESSE BLANTON, Fort Bragg. County parole violation.
JESSE BOULERICE, Ukiah. Burglary, burglary tools, loitering, conspiracy.
JAMES BROWN SR., Calpella. Drunk in public.
CHERLYN CAPE, Willits. Failure to appear.
DAVID COPE, Fort Bragg. Vehicle registration alteration, probation revocation.
TIMOTHY FISCHER, Santa Rosa/Ukiah. Drunk in public.
PAUL GOLYER, Ukiah. Battery, controlled substance, paraphernalia, probation revocation.
RANDOLPH GUEVARA, Ukiah. Vehicle registration alteration, suspended license, probation revocation.
LISA HODGES, Ukiah. Smuggling booze or drugs into jail.
NITA ISHCOMER, Little River. Failure to appear.
BENJAMIN KEATOR, Redwood Valley. Controlled substance, paraphernalia, suspended license, probation revocation.
DONALD MACK, Fort Bragg. Grand theft, burglary, vandalism, receiving stolen property, conspiracy, resisting.
BRANDY SALLINEN, Mendocino. Failure to appear.
DAIN SANDERSON, Ukiah. Unspecified misdemeanor.
DONNA VASQUEZ, Brentwood/Ukiah. Failure to appear.
WATER BOND DELAYED
Dear Friend of California water
We have decided to defer our water bond initiative to the November, 2018 ballot. There are several reasons for this decision.
The Legislative leadership has expressed an interest in natural resources bonds, and we are committed to working with them to place a measure on the 2016 ballot through the Legislative process. If this effort is not successful, we plan to place a water bond initiative on the November 2018 ballot.
The Brown Administration will have time to expend more of the funds approved by the 2014 water bond (Proposition 1), further demonstrating the clear need for another water bond.
The cost of gaining a place on this November’s ballot has risen dramatically in the last few weeks. An extraordinary eleven initiatives are in circulation today, with several more about to enter circulation. This has driven the price of signatures to a very high level. Deferring the initiative will help conserve resources for a 2018 bond act initiative should the legislative effort not be successful.
We are confident that the measure we have crafted with the help of water agencies, conservation groups, and a wide variety of other water interests would have great appeal to the voters. Our polling is as high or higher than any previous water bond, including 2014’s Proposition 1 at a comparative juncture. California voters understand the growing challenges that climate change will bring to both water management and protection of streams and vital habitat for fish and wildlife.
We plan to refile our water bond initiative early next year depending on what is accomplished in the legislative arena this year.
We will maintain information and updates about the initiative at the NHI website: www.n-h-i.org and on the TNC website at www.conserveca. org. Please direct any questions to email@example.com or Jay Ziegler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your continued interest in the water bond initiative.
Jerry Meral, Director, Jay Ziegler
California Water Program, Director, Policy & External Affairs
Natural Heritage Institute, The Nature Conservancy
ON LINE COMMENT OF THE DAY
Get me some prolixin decanoate somebody – STAT!
I almost fell off the treadmill at the gym when I saw Jeb being interviewed on CNN with, none other than the matriarch of the Bush Dynasty itself, Barbara Bush.
Holy crap – a 62 year old man, who aspires to the highest political office in the land, with every conceivable old-guard and bedrock GOP establishment advantage in attaining his goal, had to trot out his 91 year old mother – so she could tell CNN and the world that Jeb is a nice, polite boy?
What a scene - crybaby brat needs mommy to help him after that mean The Donald person and fat Mr. Christie plus that little Cuban guy from down the road in Miami were so terrible to him these long months. Someone get Jeb a big box of Pampers.
But I thought I saw the thought bubble above Barbara’s head as she was explaining how wonderful Jeb's values are.
It appeared to say “My husband George was the president, my idiot son Junior was the president, its JEB!’s turn now goddammit! It’s our family business.”
Please, somebody clap.
CHRISTMAS RAINBOW, Irish Beach
THE LATEST ON THE YELLOWSTONE WOLVES
Wolves in Yellowstone,
Ranger Rick McIntyre has written a fascinating eye-witness account of the fight between the Rose Creek and Druid Peak packs which took place on June 18, 1996 in Slough Creek. The Druids may have also killed wolf 19F in April of 1997 with the result that her 4 pups perished too. The pack retained its reputation of ferocity. I learned a year after the fact that in the fall of 1996 they almost got wolf Chief Joseph wolf, 34M, although surprisingly, they allowed his pack mate no 31M to join the Druid pack. The difference may have been that 34 was seeking to pair with a female and 31M was seeking to join the pack as the beta male.
The pack’s aggressiveness continued in later years, and many people have attributed its aggressiveness to no. 40F who eventually emerged as the alpha female and was viewed by some as a tyrant over her own pack as well.
R29M, a gray male yearling from the Half-way pack. 100 pounds on arrival. Current status: deceased. He was the alpha male of the Nez Perce Pack, but he left, or was driven from the pack in the summer of 1998. The Druids change from caution to bold aggressiveness - Even after leaving the pen, the Druid Peak pack did not quickly explore the surrounding area. Nevertheless, it turned out to be a very aggressive pack. They soon killed the alpha male of the Crystal Creek Bench pack and a yearling from the Rose Creek Pack.
They probably also injured the alpha female of the Crystal Creek Pack and killed her 1996 litter of pups.
The Crystal Creek female (no. 5F) denned, but no pups were ever observed, Number 5F abandoned her den shortly after the Druids killed her mate, and she was seen limping with her tail held low for a while. The replacement of 38M and 31M with 21M seemed lessen the hostility between the Druid Peak pack and the Rose Creek Pack. After no. 21 came to lead the Druids, hostile encounters with the Rose Creek Pack ended until fall of 1998 when the Druids caught a Rose Creek female alone in Druid territory. The Druid alpha female, no. 40F led the attack, and pack tore the intruder apart.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER.
The White House will propose spending $11 billion over the next 10 years to fight family homelessness. Nearly 26% of the country’s homeless families are in New York state, and most of those are located in New York City. “We can see that in New York City specifically, there is a tremendous need,” said Federal Housing Secretary Julián Castro. “As New York City goes, so goes the nation.” As part of his 2017 budget, which will be presented Tuesday, President Obama is expected to ask that $8.8 billion of the proposed money go to housing vouchers and an additional $2.2 billion to short-term assistance. The amount proposed in the new budget is intended to end family homelessness by 2020.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, TAKE TWO:
President Barack Obama’s proposed $4 trillion budget for 2017 would pour billions into education, clean energy, and Medicaid by increasing taxes on big banks and America's wealthiest citizens. The proposal reads like "a grab-bag of Democratic priorities," as Politico reports, and includes hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes on capital gains and a newly imposed “Buffett Rule,” which requires wealthy millionaires to pay upwards of 30 percent in income taxes. News also broke this week that the plan includes $11 billion over the next ten years to help end family homelessness.
NO EXCUSE FOR INCIVILITY
To the Editor:
I am a Democrat, a Catholic and a loyal citizen of the United States. I vote in every election and try my best to do the research required to make an informed decision. I believe that we have a good government albeit not a perfect one. However, I am so sorry that this presidential election has devolved into the sorry mess that I see in the media.
Along with millions of other people in this wonderful country I watched the Presidential debates. I am ashamed of those politicians, and of the moderators and of anyone who thinks that the name calling, insulting, childish rudeness and disrespect that was displayed is acceptable. I am ashamed of our television reporters and all of our media and of anybody who did not stand up and stop it. How does that kind of behavior help? How can we change what is wrong with our country and with our government when we cannot act like responsible adults? Do we even wish to consider an individual for election to one of the most powerful positions in the world if they cannot be civil to each other? What will they do with our foreign policy? For goodness sake I can only hang my head in disgust and shame!
I am writing this letter because I want it known that there are people in the nation who do not agree with this kind of disrespectful display. I am 75 years old and I can remember when we respected the political administration of the United States. I still do! I want the governing body of our awesome country to be respected again and I don’t see how that’s possible if our citizens can’t summon the decency required to be respectful of our politicians and each other.
Disagreeing with each other is inevitable, disrespecting each other is not acceptable. The debate of presidential hopefuls was a frightening display of animalistic combative discussions that solve nothing and only serve to exhibit cretinism!
I hope that the decent human beings of our nation will continue to strive for a government by the people and that our politicians will rise to meet the challenges without descending into reprehensible, bitter humans who can not discuss with out name-calling disrespect.
There is never an excuse for discourtesy or incivility, not in our daily lives and definitely not in our public lives.
Lorena Tournour, Calpella
LESSER EVIL VOTING & HILLARY CLINTON’S WAR ON THE POOR
by Ben Burgis
French President Jacques Chirac was elected to his second term in office in 2002. In the first round of the election, French voters had an array of choices on their ballots, ranging from Greens to Communists to various right-wing parties to two competing Trotskyist groups that each received well over 4% of the vote. In the runoff, this narrowed down to a dismal choice between the hated conservative incumbent and Jean Marie Le-Pen of the neofascist National Front. Many French leftists announced their intention to wear rubber gloves to the polling places to vote for Chirac.
Here in America, leftists argue every four years about third parties and ‘lesser evil’ voting and ‘tactical voting’ and the rest. A victory for Bernie Sanders would dramatically change the face of that debate. With Bernie and Hillary tied in Iowa, Bernie likely to win big in New Hampshire, and Hillary likely to win even bigger in South Carolina, it’s too soon be sure what will happen, but as things stand, the odds favor Hillary. Even if superdelegates didn’t exist, Wall Street’s favored candidate beating a self-described socialist who looks like Doc Brown from Back to the Future would be the least surprising political development of all time.
Certainly, on the Republican side, it’s far too early to know who will emerge from the clown car this summer, his lips smeared with the blood of all the other clowns he had to eat to get out of the car. What we can be sure of is that if Hillary is the Democratic nominee, the great majority of good-hearted progressive people will feel duty-bound to vote for her to keep Cruz or Trump or Rubio or Pennywise or whoever out of the Oval Office. It’s both understandable and depressing, because this is how the system works. Republicans trade on their base’s fears about Muslims and gays and gun-confiscating liberals to corral them to vote against their economic interests, and Democrats trade on their base’s fear of abortion-banning conservatives to corral them to vote against their economic interests. Wall Street cashes in either way. So do military contractors.
I voted for Jill Stein in 2012, and I’ll do so again as a matter of course if Hillary is nominated in 2016. I’m cautiously optimistic that a non-trivial fraction of those currently Feeling the Bern may do the same, just as a spillover effect from Ron Paul’s liberatarian-ish Presidential campaign in 2012 seems to have contributed to the unprecedented million votes received by Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson in the 2012 general election. I would argue that breaking the stranglehold of the two-party ‘duopoly’ on American politics is clearly in the interests of working people — not to mention the interests of all the people in the third world who live in fear of American bombs. As OACW union leader Tony Mazzocchi was fond of saying, “The bosses have two parties. We need one of our own.”
But let’s assume for the sake of argument that I’m wrong about all of that. Let’s assume, as liberal pundits uniformly insist, that it would be dangerously irresponsible to even consider voting for anyone but Hillary Clinton in the general election. Even granting that premise, why not vote for her with rubber gloves and open eyes?
Instead of emulating the French, scolding liberal commentators constantly tell us that the differences between Hillary and Bernie shouldn’t be “exaggerated.” They tell us that Hillary is a flawed but basically progressive candidate who shouldn’t be “demonized.” After all, she’s spent her “entire life” advocating on behalf of “women and girls.”
As Doug Henwood has pointed out, most of what Clinton did “for women and girls” as Secretary of State was to do photo-ops with women around the world wearing colorful ethnic garb. Indeed, it’s revealing that, when you dig beyond bumper sticker slogans like “advocacy on behalf of women and girls,” Clinton supporters rarely want to discuss the particulars of her record. The candidate herself frequently talks up the sheer number of miles she traveled as if this alone added up to some sort of praiseworthy political accomplishment. The fact is that the policies she flew around the world supporting were a disaster for poor people around the world, and especially for poor women.
During the early years of the Obama administration, the Haitian government tried to raise the minimum wage there to all of 61 cents an hour, which works out to about five dollars a day. (The minimum wage before the proposed increase was 22 cents.) Diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks in 2011 show that the sweatshops supplying Hanes and Levi-Strauss made a huge stink, and got the State Department involved to lobby the Haitian government against their plan to go to all the way up to 61 cents an hour. The U.S. State Department has a fairly massive level of sway in the deliberations of the Haitian government, considering the United States’ long history of meddling, backing coups, and even invading the country when governments there displease Uncle Sam. Nor is this ancient history from the Cold War. U.S. Marines removed the democratically elected President of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, in 2004. So when the U.S. Embassy says jump, the Haitian government tends to ask how high. In this case, they ended up cutting the proposed minimum wage hike of 39 cents an hour all the way down to 9 cents. It might be worth thinking hard about the fact that the girls sewing your jeans have Hillary Clinton to thank for their current salary of 31 cents an hour next time a liberal scold tells you not to “demonize” Secretary Clinton.
Of course, Haitians are foreigners, and black foreigners at that, so maybe they don’t quite count. (After all, Hillary’s liberal supporters are willing to overlook that small matter of her support for the invasion of Iraq.) Perhaps, in evaluating her record, we should focus on her no-doubt glorious history of domestic progressivism.
Back in the mid-1980s, the Clintons and a lot of their friends founded something called the Democratic Leadership Council to move the Democratic Party back to “the center.” Throughout that decade, Ronald Reagan had led the Republicans in demonizing “welfare queens” allegedly ripping off vast sums from the hard-working taxpayers. The evidence for the claim that a non-trivial amount of money was being lost to welfare benefits being paid out to people who simply didn’t want to work was always pretty thin, but it hardly mattered. The racial subtext was powerful and it was thinly disguised, and Reagan’s skillful use of this rhetoric paid off in a big way for the GOP.
When the Democratic Leadership Council, which still claimed to be “socially progressive,” talked about moving “to the center” on economic issues, this is precisely the center they were talking about capturing. Bill Clinton made it explicit in 1992 with his campaign promise to “end welfare as we know it.” Unlike quite a few of his other promises, he kept this one, signing away the end of federal welfare requirements in 1996. The impact of this “reform” on millions of desperate people was predictably grim, even for those who did manage to hold onto some kind of benefits so they could keep the heat on and make rent.
(Google “workfare” to see what this often looked like in practice. One of the options Google helpfully offers you when you type that word into the search engine is workfare is a form of slave labor.) With federal requirements abolished, the paltry funds made available for welfare were sent out as bloc grants to the states, where bloody-minded conservative state legislatures could have their way with the programs. In the years since “welfare reform” was passed, the percentage of Americans living in extreme poverty has greatly increased. As Ryan Cooper puts it, “Even after the worst economic crisis in 80 years, TANF has basically ceased to exist in much of the country. Eligibility requirements have gotten so onerous, and benefit levels so miserly, that many poor people haven’t even heard of the program, or think it was abolished.”
So, where was Hillary Clinton in all this? She was an enthusiastic supporter of her husband’s initiative, both in her role as an administration advisor and in her many public statements on the matter, including ones that she made after Bill’s Presidency ended and she was elected to the Senate. She called single mothers on benefits “deadbeats” and talked about them over and over again in the most offensively cliched terms, as people who knew nothing but “dependency” and had no inkling of the value of work. So, for example, using Ronald Reagan’s trademark rhetorical technique of a supposedly representative anecdote that sounds authoritative becomes it comes with a proper name, Clinton talked about a former welfare queen named Rhonda Costa. “Rhonda Costa’s daughter came home from school and announced, ‘Mommy, I’m tired of seeing you sitting around the house doing nothing.’ That’s the day Rhonda decided to get off welfare….”
Because it’s just that easy, right? These people are clearly on welfare because they don’t want to work, and any time they decide that they’d like a job, one will fall in their lap. It’s certainly not as if holes on resumes matter, or workfare requirements often prevent welfare recipients from being able to go to job interviews, or “structural unemployment” is a feature of market economies.
Matt Bruenig sums things up nicely:
"For lifelong upper class pundits, these statements may not actually cause much feeling inside of them. But, as someone who actually grew up in and adjacent to the class of people being described here, I can tell you that these are really the height of anti-poor slurs. Under Clinton’s estimation, welfare beneficiaries are dignity-lacking dependent deadbeats who are such losers that even their own kids think they are trash. We don’t talk a lot about classism in the US (and frankly I don’t like the term), but that’s what this is. It is the class equivalent of calling women airhead bimbos."
Nor, of course, are the class and gender dimensions of all this entirely unrelated. Not so coincidentally, the picture of an allegedly typical welfare recipient you get from Hillary Clinton’s rhetoric on this — the “Rhonda Costa” of her anecdote — is a single mother.
As Bernie Sanders tried to keep the focus of this year’s Democratic debates on economics and his proposals to expand the welfare state, Hillary Clinton changed the subject as often as possible to guns. This is the one issue where the Secretary thought she had an opening to outflank Bernie Sanders on the “left,” on the grounds that Senator Sanders has sometimes been insufficiently enthusiastic about gun control.
It’s a complicated issue. On the one hand, the statistics about gun accidents, never mind gun crimes, are pretty grim. On the other hand, the fact that “stop and frisk” started as a program to go after illegal guns should make leftists who harbor concerns about police power and the carceral state think twice about bold new gun regulations are likely to play out. On a normal day, I’m not entirely sure what to think.
Today, after preparing to write this article by reviewing Secretary Clinton’s disgusting rhetoric about welfare mothers and reviewing the facts about workfare, benefit reductions, and the uptick in extreme poverty, I know exactly what to think. Guns should be confiscated from NRA members and redistributed to single mothers who have been kicked off of benefits. Lacking money from the now-defunct Aid to Families with Dependent Children program to help them keep the lights on and buy groceries for their kids, let’s give them the ability to procure groceries by other means.
(Ben Burgis is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Underwood International College, Yonsei University.)
The roster of upcoming KZYX Board candidates...
At Large: John Azarro, John Sakowicz, Charlie Hochberg, Jeff Wright
Programmer seat: Stuart Campbell, Robert Vaughan, Johanna Wildoak
1st District: Jonathan Middlebrook. (Middlebrook is running unopposed, so he will have this seat.)