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Failing at Life

Erick Erickson doesn’t mean to be ugly but, if you have a job and you’re paid less than he is, you’re probably a failure.

“The minimum wage is mostly people who failed at life and high school kids,” Erickson said. “Seriously, look. I don’t mean to be ugly with you people. … If you’re a 30-something-year-old person and you’re making minimum wage you probably failed at life.”

Erickson dismissed the idea that some of those people may have just been down on their luck. “It is not that life dealt you a bad hand,” he said. “Life does not deal you cards. It’s that you failed at life.”

If you go back to 2008 or 2009, you’d find a number of formerly wealthy and employed people working minimum wage jobs because they, through no fault of their own, saw their jobs, savings and 401ks obliterated by Wall Street and the collapse of the mortgage-backed securities market.

Weren’t they dealt a bad hand? Did those people fail at life?

I seem to recall a time when conservatives believed that a job is a job and that if you have a job you’re doing what you’re suppose to be doing — working. But according to Erick Erickson, if you are over 30 years old and are, in fact, employed but being paid less than he is, you’re a failure.

To put that another way, Erickson believes millions of Americans are either failures or soon-to-be failures. They’re the 47 percent. This is the new Republican elitism. Simply being employed isn’t good enough.

Taken into context, this makes it easier to understand why Republicans oppose increasing the minimum wage. They believe you aren’t worth more money. And to be clear, increasing the minimum wage would ripple across the entire lower end of the wage scale, not just for those making the minimum.

I’d rather be called a failure than a Republican.

  • FlipYrWhig

    Considering that almost all of the major teabaggers I’ve known have been on federal disability, I’m not sure they really want to go down this road by which you have to be a Master of the Universe to count.

  • Mike_Norris

    I have two master’s degrees and I make eleven dollars an hour in a part time job. I’d like to put my foot in Erick Ericson’s stupid ass. Cocksucker.

  • muselet

    Clearly, according to Erick Erickson, anyone who got wiped out financially when the Masters of the Universe imploded the world economy failed at life. Those people didn’t plan ahead and get a job as a Righty blogger and bloviator or they wouldn’t have gotten wiped out.

    The real world doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance of penetrating the thick bubble of stupid surrounding Erick ibn Erick.

    –alopecia

  • Victor_the_Crab

    When the revolution finally comes, disdainful asswipes like Eric Erickson will be one of the first ones to have all their skin violently peeled off while they’re still alive!

  • captkurt

    This is kind of a new approach for them, but it also reminds me of the old ‘pull yourself up by your boot straps’ mentality of the Reagan years. Erickson’s angle sounds a lot like the bile that spewed forth from Paul Harvey’s crap hole in the 1980’s.

  • Nefercat

    This sounds like part of the new spiel republicans are throwing around regarding the minimum wage.

    Remember when anyone who was unemployed was lazy and should be willing to take a job, even a minimum wage job to demonstrate a solid work ethic? Otherwise they were just takers?

    Well now, that’s not good enough. To try to end discussion of raising the minimum wage, minimum wage workers must be portrayed as losers, failures, not worth helping out of the pit that they are in through their own stupid, lazy fault.

    To accept Erickson’s valuation of minimum wage workers means that you accept that there is no point in raising the minimum wage, because it would just be an unearned handout to worthless, lazy losers who are too stupid to make something of themselves.

    Yes, if you work for a living, you are still dirt to a republican.

  • Christopher Foxx

    …If you’re a 30-something-year-old person and you’re making minimum wage you probably failed at life.”

    Erickson dismissed the idea that some of those people may have just been down on their luck. “It is not that life dealt you a bad hand,” he said. “Life does not deal you cards. It’s that you failed at life.”

    In my experience, anytime someone keeps repeating a single phrase it’s because they have given no thought at all to what they are saying. They’ve stumbled across something they see as catchy and figure they’ve found a magic phrase that works to rebut all arguments.

    When actually all it does is show how lazy and stupid they are.