Our president and his lefty pals are at it again. Now that Obamacare’s failure is all but an historical fact, the president has done exactly what you’d expect him to do – take a laserlike focus on his signature law and dedicate every available resource and use every ounce of political capital he has to humbly seek the help of Republicans to make his law work.
HAHAHAHA! I’m kidding – I slay me sometimes! (Thank you, thank you.I’ll be here all week, and tip your bartenders!) No, of course the president has returned to his happy place and reverted to his one true skill – campaigning. And what’s been the gist of his campaigning? Resentment and envy of course – the basic foundations of the leftist ideology! In this case President Obama wants the American people to look away from their spiking health insurance costs that came from his inability to lead and instead focus on his economic illiteracy.
So the President’s best and brightest handlers have decided that calling for class warfare via an increased minimum wage is the way to distract the public from his latest failure and encourage them to be angry at someone else. If you’re reading this you’re probably intelligent enough to see the flaws in the president’s logic. If you’re not click over to Ace of Spades to learn why you’re wrong.
Naturally, in keeping in lockstep with Dear Leader, our press diligently covered the Thanksgiving union astroturfed anti-Wal Mart protests, and support for the president’s call for a higher minimum wage. But then Vice.com’s Charles Davis decided to throw some cold water on the party by looking at how a number of left wing publications that call for “Economic Justice” treat their own interns:
In 2011, Democracy Now! asked its $15-a-day employees to work the program’s 15th anniversary gala, a major fundraiser. Interns were asked to “greet and thank guests, check their coats, make sure the event goes smoothly, and help clean up,” according to an email obtained by VICE. “We will provide you with a delicious pizza dinner, but ask that you refrain from eating the catered dinner at the event.”
Yes, that’s how the leftist aristocracy treats its own peasants when it’s their own money signing the paychecks. The article further broke down the rates of pay for a few of them:
The American Prospect; $2.50 / hr
Mother Jones $under $6/hr.
The New Republic $0
Democracy Now! $15/day
At the end of the article it was noted that The Nation recently responded to demands from its interns to pay them minimum wage. Of course, that’s not exactly a “living wage” for someone living in New York City, but it’s a start. And it hasn’t kept me from occasionally trolling their posts demanding increased minimum wage/anti-Wal Mart campaigning, etc. calling on them to start paying interns a living wage. Feel free to join in! #OccupyKatrinasOffice
And of course, there is President Obama’s nonprofit of Organizing for America that shows how it values its interns by offering to pay them… nothing! Doug Powers had a great takedown of OFA:
“Moral of the story: It’s cruel that people are being paid $9 and hour to help Walmart sell things like TVs and bed sheets, but OFA is “giving something back to the community” for paying people nothing to help Team Obama peddle things like “Recovery Summer” and “if you like your plan you can keep it.”
Heck, the left even has a certain disdain for charity, as Robert Reich went on recently about the greed of giving. So how do all of these things tie together? I’ve written before how almost all lefties calling for raising the minimum wage are just “Minimum Wage Chicken Hawks”, and when it comes to caring and compassion nobody can match the left’s generosity with other people’s money. Calling for higher taxes is a favorite leftist refrain, although they will naturally avoid paying those higher taxes themselves.
Leftists call for higher wages, and taxes, etc. but they’re never the ones volunteering to pay those taxes, buy a McDonald’s franchise and pay $15 per hour, or reach out and lend a hand. Somehow support for Obamacare equates compassion, based only on the results that every leftist wishes it could produce. The mess that it’s been so far, the ever increasing cost, and the lack of any measurable objective to mark success or failure is completely lost on any leftist. It’s a damned shame that the left didn’t put as much energy into thinking through Obamacare as they did into forcing it onto us and later demanding that the same people they’ve been demonizing come in and clean up their mess. Again, the personal effort in physically helping is best shunted onto somebody else.
Here’s one more example of a “charitable” leftist Transgender who volunteered as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. To make a long story short, she used some flawed reasoning to decide that she doesn’t like the SA, and now gives to other charities,
Instead, I contribute to other nonprofit organizations, not least of which is Glaad, the gay-rights advocacy group on whose board of directors I serve.
In other words, she now generously gives to herself!
So the next time a lefty shows their righteousness in support for raising the minimum wage, support for Obamacare, boycotting Wal-Mart, etc. as proof that they are more compssionate than you, ask them what they’ve personally done to help those people in need. Most likely, the response will be a refreshing silence.
In 2012 the CEO of Walmart made $20.7 million. Walmart has about 2 million employees (as far as I can tell, this is only counting the employees in the American stores). So, if you divided the CEO’s entire pay among the employees they’d each get $10.35 more per year- that’s not quite 20 cents per week; a half a cent per hour for full time employees. Woohoo.
Now, look at a paystub and see how much the various governments” steal from every paycheck, and then tell me who the real parasite is.
To close out on a lighter note:
Difference between Walmart and Vogue? Walmart pays their employees http://t.co/q61mAlmEP3
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 21, 2013
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Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog