President Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour provoked not just disagreement from “comedian” Adam Carolla and Bill O’Reilly but the kind of venom and scorn for struggling Americans that Marie Antoinette would have loved. Carolla actually argued that anyone on minimum wage who has children and then uses “our roads” and “our schools” is some kind of good-for-nothing moocher. O’Reilly didn’t challenge that but argued that nobody “willing to work hard” earns minimum wage.
As I’ve previously posted, the working poor are suffering in America. And there are economic forces arrayed against them. But fat cats O’Reilly and Carolla are not only disinterested but full of derision for those not fortunate enough to be earning the big bucks like they do.
O’Reilly’s disdain for the poor was evident just from the fact that he would have presented Carolla as an expert on the subject. Believe me, struggling to make ends meet is no joke to anyone in the midst of it. But O’Reilly quipped that Carolla has “some expertise in this minimum wage deal” because he was once denied a job at Taco Bell. It turns out Carolla is even more of an “expert” because after that rejection he worked at McDonald’s “for $2.90 an hour.” Hinting, of course, that $9 an hour is just a ridiculous extravagance. Just pay no attention to how much purchasing power the minimum wage has lost since in the meanwhile. Neither O’Reilly nor “expert” Carolla did.
Carolla argued that it was a good thing that he hated that job so much and how little he was paid. “If I loved it and I was getting rich, I would still be there.” Which is all the proof you need, ladies and gentlemen, that everyone should suffer even more than he did.
But Carolla wasn’t through:
By the way, the point that everyone is missing in Obama’s speech is not raising the minimum wage, it’s what is the family who’s making minimum wage, what are they doing having two kids? That’s insane. You can’t have two kids when you make minimum wage. By the way, who’s not paying their fair share? I would argue that people that are making minimum wage and having two kids and sending those kids to our schools and using our roads and everything else aren’t paying their fair share.
O’Reilly had a different view:
If you’re willing to work hard, you’re not gonna make minimum wage. If you want to paint a house – there’s a lot of things you can do. Drive a cab. …So all of this is hyperbole as it always is.
Then, without a thought to how economic conditions have changed since these two baby boomers were working in school, they agreed, “You’re supposed to work your way up. (O’Reilly)” and “You’re supposed to be uncomfortable. (Carolla)”
Who's engaging in class warfare now?
Also seems he thinks that people who had their kids at a time when they had a good job should have known better and desisted because they should have known they would lose their job and hence not be entitled to have kids.
Makes my head spin, he does.
WTF?! Does the elitist BOR ever actually get out into the REAL world? If BOR would get a clue, he’d find out that there’s lots of hard-working folks pulling down minimum wage. Give me an effin’ break. I know a guy who got laid off from his non-union manufacturing job and hasn’t been able to find another job that fits his years of experience/skill set so he is now working his ass off doing 2 minimum wage jobs to feed/clothe his family (because corporations would rather pay cheap labor overseas to do the work of good Americans). I guarantee he puts in more hard-working hours taking care of his family than does BOR – yet BOR has the nerve to declare that if you earn minimum wage that means you aren’t willing to work hard?! Unbelievable.
Hey, BOR (and those of his ilk), keep spewing your out-of-touch rants and keep running down the poor, the minorities and those that voted for Obama (such as BOR’s and Cain’s insipid idea that Obama voters are nothing more than low information voters who have been fooled by Obama so they can get free sh!t). You’re doing nothing but alienating the majority of voters with your propaganda and misguided insults. America’s Dems/progressives say “thank you” for so being so willing to showcase your biases and straight-up stupidity.
Imagine if, for this topic, Bill interviewed someone actually earning minimum wage today-rather than a rich person who did so 25 years ago? I don’t think Bill could handle it. He’d have to cut their mike, for sure.
Would Bill and his idiotic guest then be in favor of abortion? They’ll soon learn that being pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion.
Why, Adam — that sounds a lot like China’s “one child” policy.
Why do you hate America, Adam?
The answer to people leaching offa da Rest Of Us is (get ready) – Birth Control!!!