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.
SHAME: Democrats Are Blocking Stimulus Legislation That Includes Second $1,200 TrumpBux Check
Democrats in Congress are blocking a bipartisan $1.5 trillion stimulus package that includes a second round of $1,200 TrumpBux payments to Americans.
Leading House Democrats are saying the bill isn’t big enough of a giveaway, but they favor stimulus measures that would divert funds away from the pockets of everyday Americans to institutions. They want to bail out Democrat state and local governments, and are willing to block TrumpBux payments to Americans if they aren’t allowed to.
The House passed a $3.4 trillion stimulus package in May that was shot down by Senate Republicans. The latest $1.4 stimulus legislation has been presented as a compromise, after House Democrats in turn rejected a thin $500 billion stimulus package proposed by Republicans last week. That package did not include a second round of $1,200 payments, and Republicans are now willing to sign off on another TrumpBux payment in order to pass another round of stimulus.
The $1.5 trillion stimulus legislation emerged from the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats who emphasize bipartisanship and common ground. Aside from TrumpBux 2, it features $500 billion for cities and states, unemployment insurance of $600 a week, increased SNAP benefits and rental assistance.
Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi are claiming the legislation doesn’t go far enough and that it “leaves too many needs unmet.”
Pelosi and House Democrats are insisting that Congress will remain in session until a second stimulus agreement is met, but in rejecting the Problem Solvers Caucus legislation they’re already shown they’re not open to a generous compromise.
Try asking everyday working Americans of all stripes and walks of life if they’re willing to wait or even go without a second $1,200 stimulus payment in order to provide a bigger bailout to states and cities that already engage in questionable budgetary practices to begin with. The Democrats are resolutely determined to avoid making people the priority in a stimulus package, and will block stimulus legislation to do so.
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