Richsplaining and more

One of the staples of conservative richsplaining is how flipping burgers, shining shoes and other minimum-wage grungy jobs are actually ennobling. Here we have a textbook example: Greg Gutfield discusses how laws requiring a living wage are a lousy idea and show how work has gone from something that gives us a purpose in life to something we do to survive and support ourselves (apparently in the days of his youth everyone just worked for kicks) and that’s sad. Don’t we know that working these jobs is part of what builds our character and makes us worthy of higher things (you will doubtless be shocked to know his career path apparently did not involve any such jobs)? As someone points out in the comments, it’s another example of how right-wingers judge rich and poor differently: It’s taken as a given that the slightest drop in CEO pay will drive them to Go Galt and withdraw their services from society.
•On a cheerier note, New York’s stop-and-frisk program just got declared unconstitutional for racially profiling blacks and Latinos. Defenders struggle to explain that yes, it’s targeting blacks and Latinos but that somehow isn’t racial profiling.
•Geek Squad computer techs once again find it fun to lift someone’s naked pictures off their hard drive and share.
•Apple explains why it charges for half a season as a whole season of TV.
•I knew women get a lot of abuse online, but the organized nature of some of it is really horrifying. We have a long way to go.
Yes, the government does keep files on people who criticize it. Like Digby, I don’t see any reason it’s not happening today.
•North Carolina’s proposed budget makes it harder for pregnant women to qualify for Medicaid, but Rep. Nelson Dollar insists women’s health and Medicaid are completely unrelated. Governor McCrory has also opted out of expanded Medicare funding under the Affordable Care Act (while other conservatives are encouraging people not to buy health insurance once Obamacare goes into effect). I suspect as several bloggers have speculated, they’re terrified the plan will actually help people, and that hurts Repubs and their anti-government efforts (and makes it politically tougher to repeal ACA). So they’re going to block it wherever possible.
•Slacktivist links to several discussions of Wal-Mart’s model (they don’t create jobs, they erase them) and a few businesses that don’t play by their rules.
•College becomes more like a business: Costs go up and the people at the top get more money, everyone else gets shit.
•Should people who don’t vaccinate their kid get sued if the kid becomes a carrier?
•Megan McArdle once again proves that pundit jobs seem to have something like tenure, as witness she’s still employed despite writing that a)road traffic generates four times the carbon footprint air travel does but the only reason we fuss more about cars than planes is that liberals are hypocrites.
•Apparently white belief in a meritocracy varies depending whether they’re at the top. If Asian-Americans are doing better under a strict grades-and-tests standard, suddenly the standards should de-emphasize tests.
Of course that’s not even considering that people who squawk about meritocracy (frequently invoking a fantasy past where every job was awarded on merit. Probably the same timeline as Gutfield’s world of work-for-pleasure) rarely object to legacy admissions or admissions based on in-state/out-of-state the way they do preference for women or minorities.
Pundit John Leo is an excellent example of how delusional it gets. For years he wrote articles insisting that disproportionate white or male presence in jobs/schools/professions didn’t by itself prove discrimination. When all the winners of one prestigious scholarship turned out non-white, he held that up as prima facie evidence that the game must have been rigged.

2 Comments

Filed under economics, Politics

2 responses to “Richsplaining and more

  1. Pingback: For a few links more | Fraser Sherman's Blog

  2. Pingback: What the heck, let’s link! | Fraser Sherman's Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.