by Melissa Clouthier | March 11, 2010 11:59 am
Why is Arianna Huffington lecturing us on the plight of the poor? Here is what she says:
Ever since Roseanne went off the air, network TV has not been the most welcoming place when it comes to telling the stories of working class Americans. But now, week in and week out, millions can see what downsizing and Wall Street’s demands for ever-greater productivity and earning margins did to the lives of so many Americans, even before the economic crisis.
The chasm between America’s haves and have-nots has reached Grand Canyon-esque proportions. Thirty years ago top executives at S&P 500 companies made an average of 30 times what their workers did — now they make 300 times what their workers make.
First, I don’t want to hear Arianna Huffington blabbing about the plight of the poor. Period. What does she know about any of it? Her blog post smacks of condescension. From high above, in her lofty perch, Ms. Huffington will deign to speak for America’s poor folk.
Second, what libs always forget is how the cost of living, and living well, has declined over the same time. Can you say Wal-Mart? Because of the economies of scale, people actually live better, on less, than they did a generation ago. So this kvetching about losing the middle class rings hollow. Literally. When I don’t see “poor” people with iPhones, I’ll be far more concerned.
What used to be considered a need and what’s a “need” these days are as vastly different as the income disparities she cites. Culturally, we are indulged with all sorts of needless, ultimately worthless, gadgets and gizmos. I challenge Arianna to find a poor person who doesn’t have a Wii or extensive video game collection.
Finally, if Arianna wants to make life better for poor people, she should encourage her progressive buddies to stop all the welfare–corporate, banking, and individual–that sucks money out of the private sector who could be hiring these poor people.
The biggest problem facing Americans today is finding a J-O-B. The second biggest is keeping a job. A job keeps people from getting poor. I know, that’s just crazy talk.
So, if Ms. Huffington really cares about the poor, how about this? Kill the health care reform bill, kill card check, kill cap-n-trade because every single one of these bills kills jobs and what this economy needs right now is jobs.
Do many working Americans have dirty jobs? Yup. The focus need not be on work conditions, although that’s a nice thing too, but on having a job period. It should also be about breaking the teacher’s unions so that kids actually learn something so they can be in an educated work force, period. But don’t want to tick off teachers or unions or any of the other groups leftists pander to.
Arianna Huffington is really kinda unbelievable. She tries to foment class warfare from her gilded ivory tower and backs legislation that guarantees the poor stay poor. It’s so great being a liberal and saying nice things and feeling good about oneself while achieving horrible ends.
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