It was bad enough that Fox regular and self-described “capitalist pig” Jonathan Hoenig argued that protesters wanting a $15 an hour minimum wage are akin to “robbers.” But his pretense of concern that a higher wage will somehow cause discrimination against lower-skilled workers is laughable. Or worse.
On yesterday’s, Cashin’ In, host Eric Bolling set the tone when his introduction said about the protests, “Think about that the next time you reach into your wallet and fork over bigger and bigger bucks for that burger or burrito. Jonathan, food prices soaring lately. This would make them go higher, right?”
Hoenig didn’t just agree. He took the hostility to another level:
The key word here is demanding. Only robbers make demands. If these people think their work is worth $15 an hour, they should go out and find a job that pays them $15 an hour. …People have no right to a job at any wage. And in fact, the higher minimum wage is discrimination against exactly these low-skilled people, it doesn’t allow them to begin to build the skills to earn that higher wage.
So, on the one hand, workers don’t have a right to a job at any wage and on the other, low-skilled workers have a “right” not to be discriminated against earning rock-bottom wages.
We set the minumum wage to the highest in the country, didn’t inflate prices to go with it, figured the best job to resident ratio, and created the best climate to fill it.
Our unemployment rate is dropping like a stone, it could be as low as 4.1% when Obama leaves office, and in the lower three percentile by 2020. But don’t tell any conservatives- It messes with their Fox News fueled delusion of us living in Mad Max times under Pelosi. As well as their idea that these are all bad ideas.
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO SUCH THING AS A “SELF-MADE” OR A “PULL-YOURSELF-UP-BY-YOUR-BOOTSTRAPS” INDIVIDUAL!
In other words, ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO ONE in America lives well or earns a living without PROTECTION AND EMPOWERMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT — and in my opinion, the more $$$$ one makes from what the government gives him (or her), the more he (or she) should pay in taxes to keep government functioning properly for all of us. Here’s an article by the great George Lakoff that backs this up:
The greed has become sickening while many of us just simply want to keep a roof over our heads, eat, be able to turn on the heat when we’re cold and air conditioning when we’re hot, and not go into bankruptcy when we get sick or injured or have the choice of death because we can’t afford it. We don’t want to drive around in an expensive piece of metal, or live in a gated community to feed our egos to feel accomplishment, just to support ourselves and those we love with honesty and effort.