Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Scrooge Pales By Comparison

In case you are still laboring under the delusion that corporations and their executives have an iota of redeeming social value or a sliver of humanity:

From Alternet, via Firedoglake:

At a time of year when we're inclined to show empathy for people less fortunate than ourselves, some of our top business leaders are notable for comments that show their disdain for struggling Americans. Their words may seem too outlandish to have been uttered, or inappropriately humorous, but all the speakers were serious.


It's hard to choose the most insensitive and condescending remark from people who seem to lack empathy for the less fortunate. Perhaps hedge fund manager  Andy Kessler, who addressed the issue of why these homeless folks aren't also working. Ignoring the  National Coalition for the Homeless conclusion that homelessness is caused by (1) a shortage of affordable rental housing, and (2) a lack of job opportunities, Kessler suggests they're homeless because someone is feeding, clothing and, in effect, bathing them.
Equally condescending is the Walmart executive who  presumed to speak for his low-wage workers just before Thanksgiving by saying: Walmart associates are really excited to work that day.

Now back to McDonald's, which had these  budget tips for its own low-wage employees: You may want to consider returning some of your unopened purchases that may not seem as appealing as they did. Selling some of your unwanted possessions on eBay or Craigslist could bring in some quick cash...Consider bringing a brown bag lunch and skipping the takeout...You might also consider a temporary part time job to dig out of debt quickly.

But the condescension king has to be  Charles Koch, whose foundation tried to convince half of America that they were rich: If you earn over $34,000 a year, you are one of the wealthiest one percent in the world.
No spectral images of past crimes or future consequences have the power to shame these motherfuckers. 

 They're not afraid of the guillotine or even torches and pitchforks and for good reason: what is the purpose of the NSA spying on everyone every minute of the day and your local cop on the beat turning into a battalion of 'roid-raged Terminators if not to protect the obscenely rich from the middle-class rabble?

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