Molding the Political Discourse

by Vince

PM Carpenter exposes the wrap-around-ness of the GOP’s political discourse by citing first a NY Times article:

[M]any of the jobs being added in retail, hospitality and home health care, to name a few categories, are unlikely to pay enough for workers to cover the cost of fundamentals like housing, utilities, food, health care, transportation and, in the case of working parents, child care….

[A] single worker needs an income of $30,012 a year ā€” or just above $14 an hour ā€” to cover basic expenses and save for retirement and emergencies….

A single worker with two young children needs an annual income of $57,756, or just over $27 an hour … and a family with two working parents and two young children needs to earn $67,920 a year, or about $16 an hour per worker.

His response:

Without those income floors, workers must of course then turn to taxpayer-supported programs “to cover the cost of fundamentals like housing, utilities, food, health care, transportation and, in the case of working parents, child care,” which in turn of course drives up the federal budget, which of course pseudoconservatives detest, so of course they write idiotic reports about “creating” more jobs by slashing both federal spending and labor costs, which of course …

And yet they get away with it. All of it. They stand at their podiums and yap about the deficit and its horrendous cost to society and how eliminating it would magically create jobs and voters swallow this garbage while the “news” is belying it all. All of it.

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