The 10 Vilest Things Right-Wing Nutjobs Spewed This Week: Equality Sucks Edition
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1. Investor Peter Schiff: 'We are not all created equal. I am worth way more than you.'
The Daily Show’s Samantha Bee decided to dig deeper into this whole minimum wage debate this week, and boy, did she land a doozy of an interview with investor Peter Schiff, new poster boy for the 1%. From start to finish, Schiff was totally and utterly vile. He admitted he never personally goes to fast-food joints, but somehow claimed to know that the people who work in them “don’t seem desperate. They’re young kids having fun.” (Cut to Bee interviewing two workers, one supporting five siblings; the other a 48-year-old man with a bachelor’s degree.)
An unabashed lover of the free-market economy, in favor of abolishing the minimum wage altogether, Schiff also asserted that, “people don’t go hungry in a capitalist economy.” Tell that to the folks having their food stamps cut. He concluded by suggesting there are people you could pay $2 an hour, like the "mentally retarded." As the Founding Fathers said, he concluded, “we are not all equal,” and “you’re worth what you’re worth.”
Later in the week, he complained about how Bee distorted what he said. So he clarified it. What he meant was that “intellectually disabled” people could be paid $2 an hour.
Oh, that makes it much better.
2. Tea Partier Mike Lee defines inequality as giving gay people equal rights.
Okay, okay. That’s not quite fair. Senator Lee (R-UT), in his Tea Party response to the State of the Union address, said that many things are inequality. It’s just that none of the things he defined as inequality actually have a discernible thing to do with inequality. Here is a brief list of what Mike Lee defines as inequality:
- Trapping poor children in failing schools to benefit bureaucrats and union bosses.
- Penalizing low-income parents for getting married, or getting better jobs.
- Guaranteeing insurance companies taxpayer bailouts if Obamacare cuts into their profits.
- Blocking thousands of middle-class jobs in the energy industry as a favor to partisan donors and radical environmental activists.
- Denying viable, unborn children any protection under the law, while exempting unsanitary, late-term abortion clinics from basic safety standards.
- Denying citizens their right to define marriage in their states as traditionally or as broadly as their diverse values dictate. (Translation, not allowing people to deny gay people equal rights.)
In other words, inequality to Mike Lee is synonymous with all things Republicans do not like.
We can’t wait to see what he does with the rest of the words in the dictionary.
3. Well-known African-American expert Bill O’Reilly knows what’s wrong with black people.
Bill O’Reilly has taken the very original right-wing stance that black people are to blame for their own poverty. It’s because of their culture, he said recently (possibly for the umpteenth time.) He talked about out-of-wedlock births, saying he was sick of talking about it, despite the fact that he talks about it all the time. He said that in black precincts, there is “chaos in the streets, in the schools and in the homes.” Black precincts? Are we in apartheid-era South Africa? Why, oh why, asks O’Reilly, won’t Obama give these black folks a talking to?
Despite Obama’s extremely high approval rating among African Americans (85 percent), O’Reilly did find two black guys who were critical of Obama. So, that tells you something. Two is a trend.
Why is it that black people are still struggling with a substantially lower median household income than white people? O’Reilly wonders. Because of their culture, he says. Also, Obama.