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00h UTC; SATURDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2013: If there's one subpopulation as is particularly interested in the likelihood of reducing State Social Security emouluments for those now on benefit in the name of reducing the Federal budget deficit (or, as Christian Right politico/prolefeeder Rick Santorum wants it presented, "having the nation suffer as Jesus suffered"), it's probably the scam artists operating in such guises as "work online," "work from home," "network marketing," "multi-level marketing" and "reshipping" who know how to exploit socioeconomic uncertainty for quick profits at the expense of the ignorant and the vulnerable who make up a substantial share of those on State Social Security (in particular such on disability benefit as are otherwise unable to find work despite reasonable efforts through the sheltered workshop system).

Not to mention such seeking to unleash a quick rehash of those "Five Reports," "Mailing-List Generator" and "Elite Gifting" chain letters which made the e-mail rounds a few years back, and for much the same reasons.

Which, in any case, are best avoided, especially considering where such scams:
  • require unnecessary advance payments (excused as being "deposits," "credit check," "processing fees" or somesuch patsy);
  • promise big-big profits for but a few hours' work every day;
  • contain deliberate and conscious spelling, grammatical or even syntax errors in the hiring call (which, nowadays, is likely to come through Craigslist or similar online want-ad sites);
  • use only a maildrop address as turns out being a UPS Store or FedEx Office location more than likely;
  • lacks a decent website; and
  • overdoes it on glowing generalities, especially in "testimonials" as may not be authentic.
In any event, such may want to be watched for and reported to the Better Business Bureau in your area, especially if they don't have a report on the company you may want to check out first. (Remember, their services are provided as a free public service in the community's best interests.) If the mails come into play, contact your local Postmaster; certain such scams (especially such tending to lotteries) are still proscribed from the mails.

Every time talk comes up about increasing Federal mininum wages, business interests will go on the prolefeed offensive and whine about how any such will actually force businesses to close suddenly or otherwise let workers go because they can't afford the added expense without passing on costs to consumers. Honestly, now, is there actual historical case precedent of businesses having to close wholesale or otherwise go into Carey Street because of mininum-wage increases? (Especially where many such businesses can't get access to decent business lines of credit because of "new Federal banking laws" tightening quality standards, or so the patsy would have it.)

On the public radio programme Fresh Air the other night, in discussing a new book discussing the Ku Klux Klan's power and influence in North Carolina during the Civil Rights Era, it was noted that among the more blatant bumper stickers seen across the South was that proclaiming BE A MAN--JOIN THE KLAN (as if implying that involvement with the Ku Kluxers was as much one with community identity and solidarity as with displaying Southern ideals of masculinity thus defended). How do we know there aren't those in "Tea Party"-type organisations who see their involvement in same as one with Defending Traditional Gender-Role Identity, usually seen by such as one with opposition to GLBTQ rights and marriage?

If Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is as adamant as he thinks about wanting to "move people away from dependency upon government" as he seeks to do with asking more lower-income people to leave BadgerCare and buy their health cover from the state interexchange, perhaps it's time to recall this excerpt from Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four in which O'Brien lectures Winston Smith, as part of his "preemptive reeducation" (as it were), about the concept of power as an end justifying the means:
"...It is time for you to gather some idea of what power means. The first thing you must realize is that power is collective. The individual only has power in so far as he ceases to be an individual. You know the Party slogan: 'Freedom is Slavery'. Has it ever occurred to you that it is reversible? Slavery is freedom. Alone -- free -- the human being is always defeated. It must be so, because every human being is doomed to die, which is the greatest of all failures. But if he can make complete, utter submission, if he can escape from his identity, if he can merge himself in the Party so that he is the Party, then he is all-powerful and immortal...."
Insisting, in effect, that the last and only hope for the poor to save themselves and escape their "enslavement" to "State dependency" is to accept that encapsulated in the Afrikaans expression 'n Volk red homself ("a people rescues itself"), preferably by rejecting State welfare in favour of accepting, embracing even, Collective National Solidarity and Identity as the best approach to uplifting the Lower Classes as much socioeconomically as culturally (not unlike what the Reddingsdaadbond ["Rescue Action League"] movement in South Africa was promoting among the Afrikaner Volk in the naissence of apartheid, i.e., from 1939 until it was wound up in 1957; at its zenith, in the mid-1940's, the RDB, to use its Afrikaans abbreviation, had some 70,000 members across 400 chapters paying dues of 6d/month, of which 2d went towards a £100 group life insurance policy and a £25 group burial plan).

But how do we know such a campaign, such a movement, even, will be established spontaneously ... without clandesitine use of tax dollars financing its operations ... and without the taint of such having unconscious "Tea Party," "9-12," Christian Nationalist and even racist associations ideologically and organisationally?

Or that such won't overdo it on the ideological at the expense of actually engaging in viable, practical action as seeks to achieve the desired result of empowering the Lower Classes out of "dependency upon government" (especially where a "milk-before-meat" psychological approach comes into play)?

In any event, this may bear watching. Preferably without Fox News milking it for all its worth, all the while unaware of the distortions being engaged in.

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