Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Scuzzbucket of the Week

It's been quite a while since I've had a Scuzzbucket of the Week. Not that there's any shortage out there, I've just been lazy.

This is an election year when ALL of the super rich, racists, politicians and others come out of the woodwork with their crazy opinions. So I'm going to take advantage of it and bring back a weekly nominee.

This week's SOTW is Jon Llewellyn Kyl - the junior United States Senator from Arizona.

What got my blood boiling is this quote:(from huffpo)

“We have a president who talks incessantly about class, particularly the middle class,” Kyl said.

"I just think the whole discussion of class is wrong. it's not what we do here in America," said Kyl. He added, "I don't think there's anything called 'middle class values' that are different from the values of other people in this country. Tell me what's different about the values of someone who the president identifies as middle class?"

Kyl said he sees the rich very differently -- more like sports heroes along the line of Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan.

"When Michael Jordan came, after he established how great he would be, he was given an enormous, almost unheard of salary. Did the other players say, 'That's not fair?' No, actually all the other players got big salary increases, too," Kyl said. "The whole franchise did well, the people selling popcorn, the people parking the cars ... made more money than they ever would have had Michael Jordan never came to the team."

We can see here why Kyl is rich, as he doesn't leave tips in restaurants.

Here's what he thinks of unemployment benefits:

While he's not as rich as most politicians, his net worth is not in the "middle class" category.

An article in the New York Times discusses the "decline of the middle class. Excerpt:

...the relatively meager gains the American economy has produced in recent years have largely flowed to a small segment of the most affluent households, leaving middle-class and poor households with slow-growing living standards.

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