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Right-Wingers & Conservatives like to play a psychological game called “Populist Bullying: Kicking Those At The Bottom”. It works like this:
All of us know, have known or know of A “Dole Bludger” (maybe even a few if you’re still young). A person who surfs on the gold coast or smokes pot in the suburbs every day. We resent them & think of them “partying on” while we work & pay taxes. This annoys us & the right wingers know it so here’s what they do:
They pretend there’s an “Army of Dole Bludgers” out there and that “all our hard earned tax dollars” are going to them.
But the numbers don’t fucking add up. Of the small percentage of peoples tax that actually goes to pensions & social security (as opposed to the LARGE percentage (BILLIONS) that DOES go to company welfare, corporate tax cuts & mining subsidies), the percentage of THAT number of people that are long term unemployed is again, very low. That means in the REAL WORLD we’re talking a few cents or even less.
But this person pisses us off so while we’re working hard, lifting stuff, driving, carrying, standing for hours on end & slogging away at work & getting annoyed, we think about “Bob on his surf board”, “Suzy getting shitfaced everyday” or “Barry havin a brekky bong” because that’s what they WANT us to focus on. Someone who’s getting a few cents from us. Someone who, statistics show, will get sick of being broke, will get a crappy minimum wage within 6/18 months, will meet someone & have kids within a few years & will be working exactly the same as we are & trying to pay off a house with their partner within 5.
What they DON’T want you thinking about is the Gina Rinehart’s, Rupert Murdoch’s & the thousands of Business Leaders that donate MILLIONS to the Liberal Party. They don’t want you thinking about the BILLIONS that they make in subsidies & tax cuts & that they get to “keep jobs in Australia”. The fortunes that they make in an unregulated market by over-charging for phones, electricity, water, gas & insurance. The Hundreds of millions they make when their buddies in politics sell them Publicly Owned Companies at a FRACTION of their worth, companies that ACTUALLY were paid for with our Tax Dollars, that were built up over years to provide SERVICES like Energy, Water, Phone & Communication but who will now raise their prices & make MASSIVE Profits for their new owners. Those same people who will give these politicians 6/7 figure incomes when they retire from politics in a few years.
No, they don’t want you thinking about them. They want you thinking about that gal or guy who got just enough to not starve & be homeless & who’ll be exactly where you are in a year or 2, trying to just keep their head above water.
So next time they scream “BLUDGERS”, have a think about who the REAL bludgers are & why they’re screaming so loudly about an amount so small while pointing at people who hold NO POWER whatsoever.
Blood, Dirt & Insurrection.
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The Molotov @ Wallapalooza smashing Phoney Maggot’s head in during their cover of Bullet in the Head (Ratm)
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