If You're An Employee, Right Wingers Hate You


If you're on welfare or Medicaid or unemployment insurance or food stamps or some combination, it was obvious years ago that right-wingers hate you. But on Fox and Friends Weekend this morning, Michelle Malkin (and at least one of the hosts) reminded us that right-wingers consider you a contemptible inferior being if you "merely" pull down a paycheck:

... in the interview, Malkin slammed President Obama's supporters. "Romney types, of course, are the ones who sign the front of the paycheck, and the Obama types are the one who have spent their entire lives signing the back of them," she said.
That, to Malkin, is a withering putdown. Ha ha ha! Pathetic loser -- all you've ever done is work for a living!

Malkin is responding to an unimpeachably factual statement made to Charlie Rose in a recently released interview clip:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: ... if you're the head of a large private-equity firm or hedge fund, your job is to make money. It's not to create jobs. It's not even to create a successful business. It's to make sure you are maximizing returns for your investor. Now, that's appropriate. That's part of the American way. That's part of the system. But that doesn't necessarily make you qualified to think about the economy as a whole....
(The clip as played on Fox is cut off there. The rest is: "But that doesn't necessarily make you qualified to think about the economy as a whole, because as president, my job is to think about the workers. My job is to think about communities, where jobs have been outsourced.")

Before she makes her sneering comment about all the disgusting people who merely endorse paychecks written by others after putting in a week's work, Malkin responds to what Obama has said:
MALKIN: ... I think that there's an underlying contempt for the profit motive that drives this economy, that somehow only [makes air quotes] "successful" businesses are those that avoid evil things like cost-cutting, which, of course, is what Romney is under -- attacked by by this tape.
In other words: So what if Romney screwed workers. Shut up and eat your layoffs. Otherwise, you hate capitalism.

Then co-host Dave Briggs makes clear that, yes, the creation of jobs is an optional and incidental by-product of capitalism (which is pretty much what Malkin is angry at Obama for saying):
BRIGGS: Right, I mean, let's be honest: whether you're running Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nike, your job is to make money. A by-product often is creating jobs.
Right -- jobs are a by-product. And not always. You got a problem with that, peon?

And not long after that, Malkin insults people who sign paychecks.

Workers? There it is. The right hates you.


UPDATE, MONDAY: Fox Nation readers find what Malkin said"inspiring."



No More Mister Nice Blog / By Steve M

Posted at July 16, 2012, 4:00am

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