Thursday, August 28, 2008

Why Not McCain?- 3

John McCain and the mainstream media are unabashed enthusiasts of John McCain's "straight talk." Here is YouTube video of some straight talk the campaign of the Arizonan (that is where most of his homes are) is reluctant to publicize. Thanks go to smitheus of dailykos, who credited the site's blogger paulVA . He writes that he was at this April, 2006 union conference and apparently the video was only recently made available.

Here is the transcript of the remarks:

John McCain: "I don't think I need to tell you that there are jobs that Americans will not do. I don't think I have to tell you that there are ... the backbone of our economy...
Audience members: "Pay them the right wages."
John McCain: "You know I've heard that statement before. Now, my friends, I'll offer anybody here fifty dollars an hour if you'll go pick lettuce in Yuma this season and pick for the whole season. So, ok, sign up! Ok, when you sign up, you sign up, and you'll be there for the whole season, the whole season, ok, not just one day. Because you can't do it, my friend."

Though field hands don't work a 9 to 5 schedule, five days a week, 50 weeks a year, we'll use those numbers to add some perspective. Forty hours a week at fifty dollars an hour would be two thousand dollars a week. Figure in the fifty weeks a year and you make $100,000 a year, paltry to a man married to someone worth nearly $100 million as chairwoman and heiress to a beer distributorship, but awfully good for most of us.

And lest we forget: this contempt for the American worker is coming from a fellow who believes that $5,000,000 barely qualifies an individual as "rich," an advocate of a guest worker program, and one of the two primary Senate sponsors of "comprehensive immigration reform."

1 comment:

Dan said...

McCain's political prowess continues to impress me.

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