Shorter Jason: Jesus loves you. Well, OK, not you poor people. He doesn't give a fuck about you. Losers.
AFTERSNARK: Well, you just knew Jason would have to weigh in with something suitably idiotic, like being upset with the idea of those poor folks getting "endless amounts of money" to live on. So let's see just how compassionate conservatism was going to lend a hand, shall we?
First, we find some members of the New Orleans City Council who might as well be channeling Jason himself:
New Orleans doesn't want its poorest residents back — unless they agree to work.
That was the message from three New Orleans City Council members who said government programs have "pampered" the city's residents for too long.
And if they agree to work? No problem -- Jason's ideological buddies will fuck them over there as well:
President Bush yesterday suspended application of the federal law governing workers' pay on federal contracts in the Hurricane Katrina-damaged areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The action infuriated labor leaders and their Democratic supporters in Congress, who said it will lower wages and make it harder for union contractors to win bids...
Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, accused Bush of "using the devastation of Hurricane Katrina to cut the wages of people desperately trying to rebuild their lives and their communities."
Miller said: "In New Orleans, where a quarter of the city was poor, the prevailing wage for construction labor is about $9 per hour, according to the Department of Labor. In effect, President Bush is saying that people should be paid less than $9 an hour to rebuild their communities."
How about that, Jason? First, you take people who never had much in the first place, and have them lose even that. Then you tell them they can't return home (if there's even a home to return to) unless they agree to work. And if they accept those terms, you pull the rug out from under them by cancelling the federal minimum wage guarantees so that wealthy corporations can exploit them with crap wages to get even wealthier.
And the amazing thing about all of that, Jason? None of it bothers you. Even a little bit. How Christian of you.
BY THE WAY, JASON, I love this challenge of yours in the comments section:
Gee, CC, perhaps you could point out where in the Bible it states that the government should give endless amounts of money to people for them to live on.
Gosh, Jason, I don't know ... how about this from Matthew 5:42: "Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you."
I think we've finally established that, between you and me, Jason, only one of us actually knows anything about Scripture and Christian compassion. And it's not you, is it?