Boss Limbaugh explains that there are too many useless eaters in this country and they’re all dragging us down.
Limbaugh: In America today 90 million people aren’t working. 90 Million. Last month, folks, 633,000 people stopped looking for work. The labor force participation rate grew by over half a million people in one month. Those are jobs that have vanished. Every one of those people is eating. And pretty much what they want to eat. And every one of them has a cell phone. And every one of them has no trouble getting around. And they all live somewhere.
Why are the unemployed allowed to eat? Why are they allowed to have a roof over their heads? Shouldn’t they be in the gutter where they belong? Why are they allowed to use public transportation?
This is par for the course for Boss Limbaugh, but I just want to point out that this open disdain for the poor, the less fortunate, or those who are simply unemployed at this moment in time isn’t something that dispatching Paul Ryan or Macro Rubio to inner cities is going to erase.
The demographics of being poor or unemployed are inescapably tied to race in this country. And as much we try to sweep the statistic under the rug, unemployment and underemployment is significantly higher among minorities and is rarely cited alongside the national average unemployment figure.
Of course many of those included in Limbaugh’s 90 million non-working people figure are unable to work due to disability, those who are seeking a job but can’t find one, and those who have exited the workforce permanently for retirement. This broad brush Limbaugh uses to paint America is the same toxic brush Mitt Romney used when he waxed about the 47 percent to a private gathering of the rich and shameless.
I wouldn’t be surprised to find the Republicans running against the 47 percent by another name in 2016.