Yesterday Nancy Pelosi gave a statement outlining the rough draft of the Democrats agenda. During this statement she said the following:
"I was told that an entry level person at Wal-Mart, who works his or her entire career at Wal-Mart, would make as much as the CEO makes in two weeks. A lifetime of work versus two weeks in the executive suite — this is not America, this is not fairness, this is not the basis of a strong middle class that is essential for our democracy. We must change that in our country."
This kind of disingenuous and misleading remark represents a lot of what is wrong with the left today. I think you would have a very tough time finding many workers who work "their entire career" at an entry level position. Then to say that the executive is somehow immoral for getting a higher wage is class warfare at its worst. I am pretty sure the executives at Wal-Mart would be happy to promote any stock clerk that can drive billions of dollars in sales.
If you take her analogy to its logical conclusion anyone who earns more than an "entry level" wage is immoral. Anyone who is even vaguely familiar with Stalinist Russia knows where this kind of thinking leads.
What is truly amazing is that Ms. Pelosi, who is making a whole lot more than an entry level wage, can say these things with a straight face and obviously sees no contradiction with her high salary and that of an "immoral" executive. (Maybe being paid with taxpayer dollars somehow removes the contradiction.)
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