Here's a suggestion to Adam Ozimek of Forbes
: When trying to make your case, never quote a much better article by a much better columnist.
Case in point: Ozzie's article entitled, "The Liberal War on Food Stamps
Obviously, this is a title that is designed to be provocative by going
for the most ironic sentence and one wrenched 180 degrees from its polar
opposite (that would be the truth). This pro-corporate fuckstick
immediately goes for the jugular by writing,
remember a more misguided attempt at attacking corporations than the
move to frame food stamps as corporate welfare. Clearly liberals
clinging to this think they have found a new clever argument for the
minimum wage, but instead all they’re doing is making food stamps look
, now? And how are we doing
that? This is where he makes his first major mistake, by quoting an
obvious truism about corporate welfare from The Guardian
I’m being unreasonable, but it seems to me that when Republicans are so
vocal about how much they hate government programs like SNAP benefits
(aka food stamps) and Medicaid and indeed anything that makes life a
little more feasible for low-income or no-income Americans, they should
surely be able to work up a small sweat at such a blatant example of the
system being gamed. Just last month congressional Republicans voted
unanimously to cut $39bn from the food stamp program, and I surely don’t
have to waste words here outlining their opposition to any form of
government subsidized healthcare. Why then, when they have made their
objection to welfare programs abundantly clear are they seemingly okay
with hugely profitable corporations exploiting these programs while they
underpay their workers?
You would think that
logic and basis in reality would be unassailable to someone possessed of
a brain superior to a slug's but you'd be wrong because this is a Forbes
columnist we're talking about, a so-called economic savant who's
obviously an acolyte of Milton Friedman and his ruinous Chicago School
of Economics. He then goes on to say,
help line in question is designed to help workers seek assistance. Here
is how the company describes the purpose of this on its website:
He then goes on to cite as his source McDonald's own mission statement regarding its purpose, which says,
The McResource Line consultant
will research your situation to give you current, accurate information
and resources that fit your needs.
McResource Line consultants were able to direct an employee to a
local energy assistance program and credit counseling after he was told
his utilities would be shut off.
The McResource Line was able to find late night and weekend hour
childcare solutions for a swing manager when her babysitter suddenly
Of course McDonald's McResource page isn't
going to tell you that its reflexive answer to your concerns about
keeping body and soul together is to go to the American taxpayer to get
bailed out because the bloated fucks at the top don't think enough of
your hard work to pay you a living wage or even one single penny above
the federal or state-mandated minimum wage. After all, as Chris Rock
reminds us, "When your boss pays you minimum wage, what he's saying is,
'If I could get away with paying you less, I would.'"
I'd already written about this a week ago on a post entitled "McDicking Us Over
" that got linked by Jon Perr at Crooks and Liars
In it, I savaged the McDonald's McResource line for telling a single
mother of two, Nancy Salgado, a ten-year veteran still making minimum
wage, to go on public assistance as well as their budgeting page that
tells workers if they want to keep their heads above water, all they
have to do is take on a second job. In their sample budget, only $20 a
week is earmarked for health care and not a penny for a heating bill.
I'd also mentioned that a joint university study
found that 52% of all fast food workers have to go on public assistance
at some point or another. These facts are completely absent on Ozzie's
little diatribe against liberals and our insistence that everyone,
especially those who work hard, deserve to have enough to eat. And, I
suspect, if Ozimek's even aware of these facts, he's decided to blow
them off as mere liberal propaganda.
This cruel brand of
wingnuttery (check out the barely literate comments at the end of the
article) would drive me crazy even if I wasn't on SNAP myself. Ozimek
seems perfectly comfortable with the federal government bailing out
bottomlessly avaricious corporations like McDonald's who long ago found a
way to game the system and get the American taxpayer to assume much of
the burden of their overhead expenses such as payroll and health care.
He seems to have not the slightest problem with a person such as Nancy
Salgado making minimum wage after a full decade with the company and
that company telling her, "Rather than pay you even a penny more an
hour, go on public relief."
People such as Ozimek are
bottom-feeding scum who for some inexplicable reason thinks it's their
holy mission in life to defend corporations who would just as readily
victimize him as it does its workers solely in the interests of making
liberals look bad even if it involves telling outright lies and ignoring
What Ozimek seems blissfully aware of is that
it's the House GOP who've cut $39.9 billion from SNAP over the next
decade. And, regardless of what happens with that farm bill (and food
stamp funding or defunding has never
been part of a farm bill
before, which usually sailed through Congress with little to no
opposition until Teabagger Republicans decided to make everything fair
game), by tomorrow $5 billion will be automatically cut
from the SNAP program thanks to the expiration of the 2009 Recovery
Act, a piece of legislation we haven't heard too much about because
House Republicans would like you to forget that it ever existed, let
alone that it's set to expire in about 12 hours.
like Adam Ozimek, when they scrawl their pro-corporate screeds, would
also like you to forget that as well as the compact that used to exist
between companies and their employees until about the Reagan era: You
work hard, do your job and stay loyal to your company and we'll give you
a living wage that'll actually enable you to pay your bills.
Then right wing corporations found out they can simply freeze wages
decade after decade, oppose any and all proposed increases to the
minimum wage while bloating themselves with endless pay raises, perks
and stock options then get the American taxpayer to assume the burden of
what used to be their overhead expenses.
I'd like to see how Adam Ozimek would like it if Forbes
paid him minimum wage decade after decade for his pro-corporate jeremiads against liberals.