Neoconservative commentator Ben Shapiro showed his true colors yet again while ranting on his show today, launching a vicious attack on the working class of America.
Shapiro blamed ordinary Americans for their economic strife, levying the blame upon anyone with more than one job who isn’t making ends meet.
“Well, the fact is, if you had to work more than one job to have a roof over your head or food on the table, you probably shouldn’t have taken the job that’s not paying you enough. That’d be a ‘you’ problem,” Shapiro said, lecturing American workers who are struggling from his privileged bubble.
Shapiro dubiously claimed that virtually no Americans have to work two jobs to support themselves and their families because he doesn’t know any in his gated community.
“So, this notion that there are just tons and tons of people who are working in multiple jobs, it is not really true. It is not actually the reality,” Shapiro said.
“It is also this bizarre idiocy that you can dictate to the economy what the economy ought to do,” Shapiro added, in an indirect attack on President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ trade policies.
“The economy fights back because it turns out the aggregate knowledge of the market economy knows more than you do. I know, shocking,” Shapiro said, reciting his Koch-bought talking points on the market economy.
His full rant can be seen here:
Ben Shapiro: “If you had to work more than one job to have a roof over your head or food on the table, you probably shouldn’t have taken the job that’s not paying you enough. That’d be a you problem” pic.twitter.com/HDKSvIGBfW
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) August 14, 2019
Shapiro relies on census data to come to his arrogant conclusions, but analysis from Forbes shows that the census seriously downplays the number of individuals with multiple jobs for a variety of reasons.
Accurately knowing the number of people working jobs on the side is difficult. If you talk about the gig economy, for example, the government has three completely different estimates of what it includes. (There isn’t even a single definition of unemployment.)
Unemployment numbers are based on the monthly Current Population Survey (CPS) administered by the Census Bureau. The Bureau of Labor Statistics then analyzes the data and publishes the results.
According to the BLS, the number of people holding down multiple jobs has dropped since the mid-1990s and is now at 4.9%…
According to the BLS explanation of unemployment statistics, the CPS depends on in-person or telephone interviews of people over a period of time. To include someone, it must be possible to repeatedly find the person.
If people are working long hours at multiple jobs and spending time traveling between them and home, successfully scheduling an in-person interview is less likely. Poor people also move more frequently than those with higher incomes, so there is an issue of finding an accurate current address. A greater use of mobile phones rather than landlines and the lack of directories of mobile phone numbers increases the difficulty of reaching specific people.
When a significant group likely to work multiple jobs is also harder to reach, there is a good chance of under representation in the survey.
Other potential errors from the government data include people’s unwillingness to admit that they work more than one job out of shame or because they are getting paid under the table at a particular job to avoid the tax burden. Other workers may not even realize that they work more than one job.
If your day job is a “wage and salary” job and your writing job is self-employment, we would count you. Multiple jobholders are wage & salary workers who hold 2+ jobs, self-employed workers who also hold wage & salary job, or unpaid family workers who also hold wage & salary job.
— BLS-Labor Statistics (@BLS_gov) July 19, 2018
Shapiro’s attacks on the working class contradict Trump’s rhetoric of supporting the American worker and using government policy to create better jobs with higher wages. The Iraq War cheerleader said infamously that he would never vote for Trump in 2016, and continues to undermine Trump’s agenda at every turn now that he is President.
Pete Buttigieg: Keystone XL Pipeline Workers Need to Get Different Jobs
What new jobs, exactly?
Imagine being told to ‘learn to code-‘ in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and an economic recession.
Biden’s Department of Transportation nominee, Pete Buttigieg, did almost exactly that in Senate confirmation proceedings on Thursday, flatly stating that union workers employed in the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline need to get different jobs. President Biden terminated construction approval for the pipeline on his first day in office.
Senator Ted Cruz questioned Buttigieg about the administration’s plans for workers promptly swept out of a job.
“The answer is that we’re very eager to see those workers continue to be employed in good paying union jobs, even if they might be different ones.”
Liberal assertions that unionized, well-paying, blue collar jobs can be easily and swiftly replaced with employment in the alternative energy industry don’t tend to pan out. California’s government has struggled to deliver the so-called “green” jobs the state’s leaders promised upon implementing new fossil fuel regulations and restrictions, further eroding the state’s middle class. California stopped counting the creation of “green” jobs in 2013, with many suspecting that the state was inflating the total.
Biden’s crackdown on the fossil fuel industry comes as many who rely on face economic insecurity and damaged prospects as a result of the recession. Trucking industry experts expect President Biden to crush small trucking companies, with an impending spike in fuel prices harming truckers that work as independent contractors.
Expect much of the neoliberal “learn to code” callousness throughout the next four years. It’s easy to imagine simply making a bureaucrat-imposed career change when you’re connected to the levers of power of the Washington D.C. establishment.
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