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Friday, December 20, 2013

Cal Thomas: “'Income Inequality?' Try some Hard Work Instead”

You've gotta be F'in kidding.  The only redeeming thing about Cal Thomas is that he's generally a lot more civil than his fellow teajobs.  But this column has to be the most clueless simple-minded crock of shit he's ever written.

Apparently income inequality is just the latest bleeding-heart liberal soundbite; just another excuse for class warfare and robbing Peter to pay Paul.  If there's any sort of income inequality, it's simply because the one percent are tireless dedicated workaholics and the 99% are just lying around smoking pot and feeling sorry for themselves.

Nevermind the fact that most economists agree America's gargantuan wealth gap is hindering the economy.  It's much more fun to sit back and reminisce about walking to school through hurricanes and blizzards, uphill both ways.

Ready?

Starting with my first summer job as a bellhop and kitchen worker at a hotel in Maine when I was 14...on a really good day I made as much as $8 in tips. The hotel owner paid me a salary of $20 a week, but included a small room in the basement and all the food I could eat. He made more money than I did...In the early '60s, as a copyboy at NBC News in Washington, my take-home pay was less than $100 a week.

[sigh]

Most of Cal Thomas' readers won't grasp this, but:  after adjusting for inflation, $100 a week in the early '60s was a decent wage; probably more than a lot of today's workers are making.  Ditto for a 14-year-old making $20 a week plus room and board and up to $8 a day in tips.

Can you stand a little more of this drivel?

President Obama and some leaders in the Democratic Party appear to want us to accept a false premise: that if I earn more money than you, I 'owe' you some of my money to make things 'fair'...Income 'inequality' is a part of the greed-envy-entitlement philosophy promoted by liberals who want to addict more people to government and entice them to vote for the party that is effectively buying their loyalty...Today, the attitude promoted by the income 'inequality' crowd is one of victimization. Poor people are told they are victims because successful people have stolen from them what is rightfully theirs.

[rolls eyes]  Had enough?

The linked column has plenty more of this same simplistic garbage, if you're feeling really masochistic.  Or you can always turn on Fox News and hear the same talking points.


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7 Comments:

Anonymous Screamin' Mimi said...

God, what a complete dick. Talk about unclear on the concept.

Between this asshole and Michelle Malkin it seems like the PDN is really biased toward the right -- what makes me laugh are the letters to the editor that say everything -- including the PDN -- is biased toward the left.

How did we get to this place???

December 20, 2013 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Cal's columns used to appear in our local newspaper every week, and so did Mona Charon's. Enough people complained and wrote nasty letters about their columns that the paper finally relented and stopped running them. This was probably eight or ten years ago. They still sneak one in by Charon about once a year, but it has been great not having to see Cal's ugly mug and his idiot talking-points drivel in our paper.

December 20, 2013 at 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Odd how a small increase in the minimum wage, health care expansion, food stamps, somehow unmotivates some people, yet gigantic wads of cash, that aren't really needed, motivate the rich quite well. Like tax breaks.

December 21, 2013 at 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snave

Mona Charon is still around? I remember when she was the darling of the new right. Now I bet decades later she now makes more sense then the real nutjobs they have out there today.

Erik

December 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Idea that the 1% works harder then the remaining 99%, he does it because it still works. There seem to be a number of people who just figure their misfortune is because they don't (didn't) work hard enough in life - never figuring out their labors support those who don't do a thing but collect on it.

This is an outgrowth of the Protestant work ethic, we here are not the choir, but like the conservative base of working class that thinks that taxing the rich is heresy - those are the people he's talking to.

Erik

December 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Man, this guy has to be the world's only living brain donor doesn't he. We need to bring poorhouses back so those bottom feeding mooches don't live off the rest of us.

PS That being said, I am in SoCal for the holidays and I hope everyone of you has a nice Xmas and you all get what you asked for from the big fat guy in the red suit so Merry Hoho from me...

December 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SM: Yup, Cal Thomas on Thursdays and Michele Malkin on Fridays. I guess the paper has to pander to the neckdrooling community.

Snave: Our paper has a pretty good balance. Along with Cal Thomas and Michele Malkin, we get a once-a-week dose of Thomas Friedman, Froma Harrop, Gail Collins, Maureen Dowd, Nicholas Kristof and Amy Goodman.

Erik: Gotta love that rightwing "logic." Corporate VIPs need 7-figure bonuses and tax subsidies, but a safety net and a minimum wage increase will make the riffraff lazy and dependent on government handouts.

Yes, Mona Charon is alive and well. She's one of the regulars at Townhall.com (aka "Where the Inbreds Breed").

It's amazing how many working people keep voting against their own well-being by falling for the same old rightwing propaganda about bootstraps and "if you're poor it's because you're lazy."

Jess: The world's only living brain donor, LOL. Not only the poorhouse, but debtors' prisons too. Things were better back in them good old days.

Enjoy Christmas in Southern Cal.

December 22, 2013 at 12:54 PM  

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