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April 10, 2013 - 1:42 pm

According to MSNBC’s most out and out Marxist Melissa Harris-Perry, all your kids are belong to us, and now they have the right to health care (under ObamaCare, hah!), education, “decent” housing, and “quality” food — at all times.

Transcript, via NewsBusters:

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: Americans will always want some level of inequality because it’s a representation of a meritocracy. People who work hard and sacrifice and save their money and make major contributions: we think that they should earn a little more. And they should have more resources. And that’s fine. But we also however have to have a floor under which nobody falls. And if you’re below that, especially if you’re a child and you’re below that, we are not going to accept that. You do have the right to health care, and to education, and to decent housing and to quality food at all times.

What if you’re a child who just wants to be born?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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She must include that caveat about "meritocracy" on account of earning some very lucrative paychecks merely for shooting off her mouth.

G-d, I miss Andrew Breitbart. What a meal he'd have made of this strutting turkey hen.
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"Americans will always want some level of inequality because it’s a representation of a meritocracy."

She just needs to change that to "white meritocracy." Come on MHP, don't be afraid of your inner racist. Let it shine!
1 year ago
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You do not have the right to something that imposes an obligation on anyone else in order for you to have it. Food, clothing, shelter ... unless you build your own shelter, grow your own food or make your own clothing, in which case you have every right to enjoy the fruits of your labors, you have no right to these things anymore than you have the right to health care. Not even if you are a child.

Of course, a decent person would see to it that you had these things if you were really in need, but that's another discussion.
1 year ago
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At the tender age of 58, I started reading "Atlas Shrugged." 260 pages in, only 900 more to go!....but I already I understand why people use the term "going Galt." You can only milk the productive cow for so long until it dries up. Then what? If we took the entire wealth, not just income, of the "1%" it would only pay for ONE year's DEFICIT. Then what?
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Progressives talk a lot about exploitation, but none of them can ever conceive that a "right" to the results of another person's production is inherently exploitative.

I think many progressives actually do get that a "right" to healthcare really leads to exploitation of healthcare provides and that a "right" to housing is exploitative to those who supply the housing. However, they live in a static moral universe, where a privileged person like a health professional or a productive entrepreneur paying taxes or providing a service cannot be exploited. And an oppressed or underprivileged person with no access to education cannot exploit others (except a less privileged person).

Of course, requiring this exploitation will decrease the rewards to producers, who will stop producing, or take their production elsewhere. Then the progressives will whine about how exploited producers are selfish. We've seen this most recently with businesses cutting back on employee full-time positions because of Obamacare.

I pray that we never even reach the day when people like Harris-Perry are calling for the punishment of people who refuse to be exploited by the state just because they produce value.
1 year ago
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She's living and teaching in New Orleans. Saying that the public should care for children is her hoping that someone, anyone, will care for the children that are being so poorly raised by their parents. It's the verbal equivalent of an orphan train. It's hard to convey how broken a social eco-system New Orleans is.

Children in nice houses with stable parents- they are in private schools.

The children in public schools are usually also already in public housing. Most infants were born at Charity Hospital, on the public purse. They get dental care from free clinics. Their doctor visits are gov't subsidized. Their food is free. There are clothing drives, in addition to giant dirt-cheap thrift stores.

The parents: a huge number of young boys go off the rails when they try to get their father to acknowledge paternity. The mothers don't stay in and raise the kids- they go out with whomever, get drunk, go gambling. The public schoolteachers give lectures like this- "so, when your date picks you up and he's got two 40 malts- check your purse- it's responsible for you to practice putting on a condom while you're drunk or high."

She's hoping someone will care for these by-blows, since their own parents don't care for them, or care for them.

1 year ago
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*useful idiot
*In political jargon, useful idiot is a pejorative term for people perceived as propagandists for a cause whose goals they do not understand, and who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause.

Fits her to a T donut, or if you prefer, doughnut..

1 year ago
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Do you have a right not to have a scissors plunged into your spine upon being born?
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And how determines where the "floor" falls? One has opportunity - that's enough.

Perry, at least politically, demonstrably only cares about black people. She clearly has given up on the idea of white racism ever ending or black folks measuring up.

Intellectually, she's an inelegant version of a one-woman KKK.
1 year ago
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I see the concept of "public parenting" turning out just exactly as well as our previous experiment in "public housing". When something is everyone's responsibility, it is actually no one's responsibility. The difference with children is, when the experiment fails, we can't just bulldoze them and try again.
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Are you thinking about the infamous Eastern European bloc country orphanages where all those horribly damaged children came from? The ones who got out and adopted to nice American families and had attachment disorder so badly that they needed radical therapy to avoid becoming murderous psychopaths?

That's what public parenting produces.
1 year ago
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I believe you are referring to the economic principle known as "the tragedy of the commons". If you look it up on wikipedia beware of the spin that seeks to redefine it as a good thing in a socialist sense.
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