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GOP Lawmaker Said Black Welfare Recipients 'Substituted One Plantation For Another'

Source: Huffington Post

Rep. Jason Lewis (R-Minn.) called welfare recipients "parasites" and compared the benefits program to slavery in the most recent of a series of derogatory remarks unearthed by CNN. "Now, you've got the modern welfare state that tells black folks and Hispanic folks and poor white folks: 'Don't worry.

In an April 2012 segment of his radio show, "The Jason Lewis Show," the congressman suggested that black Americans who receive welfare are still living on a "plantation."

"Blacks fought so hard ... so blacks could take care of themselves and not be told what to do," Lewis said. "Now, you've got the modern welfare state that tells black folks and Hispanic folks and poor white folks: 'Don't worry. We'll take care of you.' What is the difference? You've substituted one plantation for another."

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"It is possible because the Democratic dream come true is this: The parasites outnumber the producers," Lewis said. "Then, when the parasites outnumber the producers, the party of parasites will give the majority of votes."


Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/gop-lawmaker-said-black-welfare-213057729.html



Probably meant "the party of parasites will GET the majority of votes" in the last sentence.

The race for the Minnesota 2nd Congressional district seat (south of the Twin Cities, including some of the metro area) is rated a toss up by Cook Political Report

Several CNN stories about his past remarks:

link:https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/27/politics/kfile-jason-lewis-government-assistance/index.html
https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/20/politics/kfile-jason-lewis-racial-comments/index.html

I'm surprised that so many inflammatory comments are showing up in the mainstream media just in the past 2 weeks. After all, he was elected almost 2 years ago.

Jason Lewis Wikipedia - (has some of his awful remarks). Sorry I can't make the link work, even when I construct it with the LINK button. So click on the below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Lewis_(Minnesota_politician)

and choose the 5th choice:

"Jason Lewis (Minnesota politician) (born 1955), United States Representative representing Minnesota's 2nd district, former radio talk show host"


or, if you prefer, copy the entirety of the above link and paste it into your browser's address box.


"Global warming" was dropped in favor of "climate change" because global warming is incorrect

according to scientific studies.

Anyway, if you read something like that (I just did today on Facebook), you have encountered a deplorable (yup, I just did).

I was curious enough to look up why "climate change" is the preferred term supposedly.

Whats in a Name? Global Warming vs. Climate Change, NASA

Global warming: the increase in Earth’s average surface temperature due to rising levels of greenhouse gases.

Climate change: a long-term change in the Earth’s climate, or of a region on Earth.

Within scientific journals, this is still how the two terms are used. Global warming refers to surface temperature increases, while climate change includes global warming and everything else that increasing greenhouse gas amounts will affect.

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But temperature change itself isn't the most severe effect of changing climate. Changes to precipitation patterns and sea level are likely to have much greater human impact than the higher temperatures alone. For this reason, scientific research on climate change encompasses far more than surface temperature change. So "global climate change" is the more scientifically accurate term. Like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we've chosen to emphasize global climate change on this website, and not global warming.

More: https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/climate_by_any_other_name.html


In other words (for Venn Diagram afficionados), climate change is a superset of global warming.

By the way, if said deplorable starts in on how the temperature measurements are biased because they don't correct for the growing urban heat island affect or that they miscalibrated some satellite readings or some horseshit like that, show it this:

Looking for signs of global warming? It's all around you, AP, 6/19/18
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/19/climate-change-signs-all-around

I posted excerpts at: https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=10813796

EDIT: Please see number 8 for the moron dialog I was referring to -- see how idiotic the climate change deniers' arguments are, and with the usual gratuitous swipe at Al Gore
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