During the debate in South Carolina last night, Newt Gingrich blew his racist dog whistle so loudly that even Fox News commentator Juan Williams heard it. The audience certainly did. They hooted and hollered like they were at a circus instead of a sober discussion about the country's future.
While there were plenty of clowns on the stage, Gingrich took the center ring as he sparred with Williams about food stamps, work ethics, and the "elites" in the country:
It tells you everything you need to know about the difference between Barack Obama and the five of us: that we actually think work is good (applause). We actually think saying to somebody “I’ll help you if you’re willing to help yourself” is good (applause). And we think unconditionally efforts by the best food stamp president in American history to maximize dependency is terrible for the future of this country (applause).
The fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history (applause). Now, I know among the politically correct you are not supposed to use facts that are uncomfortable (more applause and laughter).Gingrich went on to say that he was going to continue to “find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn how to get a better job, and learn someday to own the job.”
Gingrich also derided the "elites" who "despise earning money." Um.... is Gingrich implying that he and his fellow candidates are somehow NOT "elites" in this country?
How many middle class Americans have $500,000 credit accounts at Tiffany's, maintain offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands, own 11,000 square foot vacation homes, and made their fortunes through insider real estate deals?
Most Americans struggle just to get by - the working poor more than anyone else. Gingrich's assertion that the poor just need to get jobs and learn a work ethic is laughable if you look at actual, you know, facts about the working poor. From a 2006 report on working families: