The Lazy Class

Besides the one I wrote about here, another one of D.J.’s posts keeps showing up in My Comments.

In this one he outlines what he believes to be Barack Obama’s socialist agenda:

1. Give an immediate $250 to ‘workers and their families’.
2. Give an immediate $250 to seniors for whatever reason.
3. Give another $250 to ‘workers and seniors’ if the economy worsens.
4. Give money to (aka Provide relief for) homeowners hit by the housing crisis.
5. Create a $10 billion foreclosure fund for irresponsible homeowners.
6. Create an mortgage interest credit (negative tax) only for ‘low-income’ workers.
7. Ensure freedom to unionize (form unions)
8. Provide UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE COVERAGE by providing the ‘average’ family a $2500 reduction in premiums.
9. Make college ‘affordable’ by providing $4000 tax credit (read ‘tax redistribution’)
10. Tackle ‘concentrated poverty’ in America.
11. Increase the supply of affordable housing (read Government housing)
12. Give every American a $1000 personal check for his/her vote in November. (OK, I made the last one up, but it sure fits the pattern!)

I’m not going to argue whether or not this is a socialist agenda; I don’t want to explain socialism to yet another ignorant fool. No, what I take issue with is this:

Socialism takes from the real working class, gives to the lazy class and creates dependence on Uncle Sam.

First, let’s talk about this “lazy class” — the people who qualify for the programs listed above. The group that D.J. so callously refers to as “the lazy class” largely consists of people busting their asses for low wages and no benefits while being devalued by the people whose lives they make easier and more comfortable through their labor.

They are domestic workers, food service workers, mechanics, childcare workers, garbage collectors, custodians, construction workers, cashiers; they bag groceries, sweep the parking lots, mow the lawns, pave the highways, wash dishes, clean other people’s urine, feces and vomit, launder, press and starch those crisp, white collars. And the list goes on.

Seems to me that the people doing the most back-breaking work in America are the “real working class”, and yet they are referred to as “the lazy class”. Why? Because they qualify for government assistance to keep their homes, buy food, and receive medical treatment for themselves and their children? Let’s talk about that next, shall we?

Why do the members of this so-called lazy class qualify for these programs? Because of their income. Who determines their income? The fat cats that they work for.

I’m sure these low-income employees would gladly accept pay raises that would improve their standard of living. But many of these employers routinely pay very low wages. Not only that, but it’s common practice for them to offer company health insurance and a variety of other benefits to full-time employees who work a minimum of 30 or 35 hours per week, but only allow employees to work a maximum of 29 or 34 hours per week, which disqualifies them from receiving any company benefits by one hour per week.

Who is responsible for so many low-income workers qualifying for the public assistance that D.J. is complaining about? The very people whose fat wallets he wants to protect, that’s who!

Because, after all, America was founded on capitalism. Well, there’s your capitalism, D.J. — corporate pigs capitalizing on other people’s hard work (the ones you call the lazy class!) and giving them, in many cases, only what the law requires — a minimum wage that barely gets them to and from their back-breaking jobs every day.

But let’s not stop at devaluing the real working class by calling them lazy and begrudging them food, shelter and medical treatment. Let’s add insult to injury by refusing to allow them to unionize. Never mind the fact that unionizing would also guarantee better wages and benefits which would take them off public assistance, the very thing that D.J. decries the loudest in this particular post. Instead, let’s keep them down and kick them while they’re there.

Let’s make sure they stay at the mercy of the very people who refuse to pay them decent wages and deliberately insure that they are never entitled to receive company benefits/health insurance. Let’s do away with public assistance programs that would make up for what their fat cat employers refuse to give them in exchange for their invaluable services. And, by all means, let’s cheer these heartless bastards on while they sit in the comfort of their nice quiet, clean, air-conditioned offices, goofing off on their personal blogs all day and calling other people lazy — the very people who built and clean their offices, repair and maintain the vehicles they drive to them, prepare and deliver the food they eat for lunch and take care of their children for barely over minimum wage, while they themselves earn a six figure salary, no less.

In closing:

I want to work, become independently wealthy on my own and be left alone by Uncle Sam, don’t you?

I’m sure everyone would like that, D.J. Contrary to what you and your ilk seem to think, most people don’t choose poverty. And as nice as independent wealth may sound, a huge percentage of the people in the United States would be happy just to receive company health insurance and earn a salary that didn’t qualify them for food stamps.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On

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20 responses to “The Lazy Class

  • davidtjordan

    Lottie,

    You’re the one who’s obsessed with me, methinks. Let me guess… it’s the goatee, right? You LOVE my goatee!!! This is the 2nd post in under a week linking to my blog. VERY COOL! And FYI… these points were taken straight from B.O.’s own website (with the exception of #12, obviously). There were more, but I capped it at 11.

    Socialism is a government forced redistribution of wealth, plain and simple. America was not founded on these principles. You should know this unless you weren’t paying attention in 5th grade social studies class. 😉 Or was that 3rd?

    DJ

  • Lottie

    Yeah, finally responding after two months of seeing the same two discussions reappear in My Comments makes me obsessed.

    Tell you what – if I’m still dropping your name into this thread two months after you stop commenting in it, I’ll gladly admit to being obsessed with you.

    And FYI… these points were taken straight from B.O.’s own website

    Did I argue that they weren’t? No, I did not. Someone isn’t reading (comprehending?) all the words, methinks.

    Other than that, thanks for stopping by and showing my readers exactly why I don’t bother commenting on your blog anymore.

    P. S. So you got the pingbacks then? I’ve been having trouble with those. Oh, and say hi to Timotheus, will ya?

  • Mike

    DJ: So, what kind of floor was it? I mean the one that your mother dropped you onto headfirst as a baby.

    You don’t know what you’re talking about; you should leave political theory to those people who actually know stuff about it.

  • Lottie

    Mike,

    Notice how he didn’t address a single point I made. He’s got nothing but wise cracks, which means he’s got nothing at all. That’s why I don’t bother with him at his blog anymore. He doesn’t engage in actual discussion. He’s a sideshow, and a bad one at that. A lot like Timotheus, come to think of it.

  • Mike

    A one trick pony with a broken leg…

  • bscoobies

    Lottie,

    I had to stop in and say hello…I miss our times together. Our poor people are the richest ones in the world. Would you not agree?

    Timotheus

  • bscoobies

    Mike,

    I will leave political theory to you and Lottie for now on, but I am an expert on baby droppings. I predict that a lot more babies will be dropped on their heads once we socialize medicine in the US.

    Timotheus

  • Mike

    I’m sure you’re an expert in all kinds of droppings, Timmy.

    And you seem to be having no trouble screwing up your medical system without “socialising” it.

  • davidtjordan

    Wow, I wish my wifey and I could blog together all day, but… alas, we are the working ones that will pay for the lazy folks’ free money- so we. Must be nice, guys! By the way, your comment about “In this one he outlines what he believes to be Barack Obama’s socialist agenda:” sounded like you feel I pulled these points out of my butt. Just wanted you to know I posted those directly after reading his BO’s BS. Hey, speaking of… maybe HE pulled those out of HIS butt?? Hmm?

    Mike, the floor was marble! Thanks for caring, bro!
    ~DJ

  • atlassheepdog

    Lazy? Maybe; maybe not. What matters is do they get a skill and get paid for what they know instead of what physical labor they can perform. The market sets the wages they earn not the people who own or manage a business. Knowledge always trumps brute force. Most people in the “poor” category eventually lift themselves out of it later in life. If their lack of skill is because they are too lazy to study and research and add value to their efforts (either officially or unofficially )or too socially inept to further their own cause in the world then the cold cruel world will render it’s inexorable verdict. Even if it’s because of prejudice or outright corruption it’s all about what you do about it. Do you sit on the toilet and complain or do you take your medicine and rise up from the dark throne and conquer?

  • Lottie

    Wow! You have one hour days on your planet, DJ?

    Of course, I could probably get away with posting even more comments if I had a couple of sock-puppets.

    By the way, your comment about “In this one he outlines what he believes to be Barack Obama’s socialist agenda:” sounded like you feel I pulled these points out of my butt.

    Nope. I never argued that it wasn’t Obama’s agenda.

    By the way, we pay taxes too. 😉

  • Lottie

    atlassheepdog:

    So companies aren’t allowed to pay more than what the market dictates? Shit! I’d better let my employer know right away! Do you think my coworkers and I will have to pay them back?

    Even if it’s because of prejudice or outright corruption it’s all about what you do about it. Do you sit on the toilet and complain or do you take your medicine and rise up from the dark throne and conquer?

    Yeah, those things have always been so easy to overcome. I don’t know why more people don’t just get off the pot!

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  • bscoobies

    Lottie,

    “So companies aren’t allowed to pay more than what the market dictates?”

    Don’t get mad because your babysitter isn’t a millionaire…that’s your fault…you pay her only as much as you deem appropriate and as long as she accepts the wage. That’s how it works.

    Timotheus

  • Lottie

    First of all, I’m not angry about anyone not being a millionaire.

    That is your straw-man.

    Secondly, my babysitter (if I had one) would more than likely qualify for public assistance if babysitting for me was his only job. But that wouldn’t be due to greed on my part. And I wouldn’t be the one complaining about his being on public assistance.

    That covers your red herring.

    Also,there is quite a big difference between what I am able to pay and what a multi-million dollar business is able to pay. Your analogy fails to factor in the difference between doing something by choice and doing something out of necessity, whether it be on the part of the employer or the employee.

    That covers your fallacious comparisons.

    This is the one and only time I will explain this to you. If you post another comment which requires that I repeat myself in order to respond properly, I will simply delete it.

    That will cover your usual trolling.

  • Lottie

    I wasn’t fully awake when I responded to atlassheepdog this morning. If I had been I would have responded more seriously to this:

    The market sets the wages they earn not the people who own or manage a business.

    The market is a conceptual abstract. It doesn’t set wages or do anything. Blaming “the market” for people choosing to pay substandard wages to their employees is like blaming my boot for kicking you in the ass.

  • bscoobies

    Lottie,

    “Blaming “the market” for people choosing to pay substandard wages to their employees is like blaming my boot for kicking you in the ass.”

    Or like overweight people blaming McDonalds (corporate pig type company) for their weight problem.

    Timotheus

  • Lottie

    Right! That’s another good example, Tim.

    Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because I hold businesses responsible for what they can control, means that I think they should be blamed for things that are not their fault.

    Just because I dislike certain things they do and think they should be held responsible, doesn’t mean I blame them for every problem in the world.

    Update: In fact, I praised McD’s for supporting the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

    Dah dah dah dah dah… I’m lovin’ it! 😀

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