Today on Fox and Friends, while criticizing Occupy Wall Street and the unemployed, Fox News proclaimed that there is no such thing as income inequality.
Here is the video from Media Matters:
This is what Fox and Friends guest Tony Katz has to say about income inequality, and the unemployed getting a job, “Well, it’s a twofold conversation. It’s never actually easy, but it’s impossible if you don’t look, and secondly, part of this conversation is that we’ve created, as Newt was alluding to, this fantasy world where kids go to college everything was paid for, it’s an unbelievably beautiful scene, and they expect everything to be handed to them when they leave college because they had professors who teach them that everything should be handed to you. When it’s not handed to them, they get upset and engage in this ridiculous conversation of income inequality.”
Katz then proclaimed that income inequality doesn’t exist, “There’s no such thing as income inequality. The stock broker makes more than the school teacher, and the school teacher exists off the excesses of the stock broker and the capitalist and the people who pay into the system to allow the educator to exist. That’s the reality. They’re not engaged in reality. They’re engaged in fantasy, and violent rhetoric, and activities.”
Tony Katz might be interested to know that the Heritage Foundation thinks income inequality exists. The CATO Institute thinks income inequality exists, but both conservative think tanks argue that no one is being left behind. An October 2011 CBO report found that, “between 1979 and 2007 income grew by 275 percent for the top 1 percent of households, 65 percent for the next 19 percent, just under 40 percent for the next 60 percent and just 18 percent for the bottom 20 percent.”
It seems that the only people who don’t understand that income inequality exists are Fox News and Tony Katz. The crux of the Fox News argument is that the people who are protesting don’t know how the real world works. If this sounds familiar, it should. This is the same argument that was used against Civil Rights protesters, women’s suffrage protesters, DADT protesters, Vietnam War protesters, and virtually every other protest that has taken place over the last century.
The, “you don’t know how the world really works” argument is one of the last refuges for conservatives when they are trying to stop progress. It is also a sign that they are losing. According to Fox News, there is no such thing as income inequality because the educator is nothing more than a parasite of the good hard capitalist stockbroker. Katz doesn’t seem to understand that without the educator paying into a retirement fund there would be no money for the stockbroker to invest, and the stockbroker would be out of a job.
The idea that some people are participants in the capitalist system while others aren’t is preposterous. Anyone who participates in the economy in any way is engaging with the capitalist system. Income inequality is not a figment of the imagination of Occupy Wall Street. It is real, and no amount of propaganda can make it, and Occupy Wall Street, go away.
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