Lessons from Germany: How to overcome the fear of freeloaders

Romney’s most recent statement that Obama won by offering "gifts" to African-Americans, Hispanics and young voters reminds us all of his now infamous 47% comments. But it also reminds me of something else: the Republican fear of freeloaders.

Freeloaders, as conservatives view them, include many types of people, not just those who for example don’t have a disability but figure a way to get disability benefits. It also includes people who have a hard time finding a job and collect unemployment benefits. It includes low income women who have children they can’t take care of and collect welfare benefits, and many other people who get help from the government.

When I was fifteen I traveled from Peru, where I grew up, to Germany, to visit my godmother. I marveled at the sight of the clean and organized cities, perfectly build roads, bridges and buildings, [...]

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“The Scream” painting (sold today for $120 million) reminds me of the GOP


"The Scream" painting by Edvard Munch was sold for nearly $120 million to an anonymous buyer Wednesday at Sotheby's in New York. Was the buyer perhaps one of the Koch brothers? I ask because when I look at the “The Scream” painting, I am reminded of the Republican Agenda of Fear.

Republicans have always used fear when campaigning for office and they keep using their scare tactics and ominous warnings in the 2012 election campaign: Democrats will raise your taxes!!! They will increase government regulation!  Increase the debt and cause a cataclysmic economic collapse that will make the earth shake under your feet! They will take your guns away and let terrorists and immigrant criminals flood your neighborhood, taking your jobs and killing your family! Democrats will pass laws that will kill babies, kill Jesus (he is already dead and resurrected but it [...]

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