I don't want to see this country turn into a welfare, nanny state, where we stand in line for groceries, and we're in welfare lines, and in socialized medicine lines.Like Atrios, at whose site I found the link, I'm not entirely certain what to make of poor people protesting marginal increases on taxes for rich people, or whatever it is, precisely, that they're protesting. America's underclasses are increasingly displaced and marginal--maybe cultural resentment is all that's left available to them. It is, nonetheless, pretty incredible that a bunch of underemployed, overindebted losers form the main public face of anti-Obama, anti-tax, and anti-stimulus animus in this country.
-Joanne Wilder, Welfare Queen
Of course, there is nothing inherently wrong with availing oneself of the provisions of the welfare state while railing against its political and economic underpinnings. I have not renounced my own first-world lifestyle to protest the fact that it is secured on the backs of the oppressed around the globe.
But on the other hand the participants in this whole preposterous and hilarious teabag business are clearly motivated by the long-simmering need to maintain some vestiges of the tenuous class distinction they imagine exists between themselves and their darker imagined other, so that being down on your luck and collecting food stamps for a while does not make you one of those people, with their