Um, Who’s Out Of Touch?

Robert Creamer brings up an excellent point in the title of his post for the Huffington Post; “It Takes Real Chutzpah for a Guy Who Owns Eight Houses (McCain) to Call Obama an Elitist.”

That would seem to say about all it needs to say, doesn’t it? Awesome, a one sentence post and Creamer can join the ranks of Atrios and Instapundit. Except, the title does not say it all, and pretty quickly gets to the meat of where John McCain is out of touch.

Because, let’s face it folks, as the GTL points out, ALL of the candidates running for president are rich. Further, if you think that we’re going to have a non rich presidential candidate make it to the big show any time in the near forever, you may want to try wishing for ponies; you pretty much get the same effect.

But as I said, Creamer really points out where McCain being out of touch is also going to be an ugly thing for American society should a McCain administration ever actually come to pass; the fact that his economic policies are going to look like Bush’s economic policies.

We remember all too well what those policies were. Bush gave them a cool name: “The Ownership Society.” I mean, we’re talking awesome name, one that conjures up images of joining a fancy club with extravagant dark wood furniture, and lush green and maroon carpets. Oh, and one of those set ups with the anonymous really expensive liquor in a decanter with tumblers off in a sideboard somewhere. I ALWAYS wanted one of those.

I wanted to join the “Society,” it sounded so cool. I could see myself getting a tweed coat with leather patches at the elbows, and smoking a pipe (you know, the kind not made of glass or clay… ahem), and listening to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” whilst I read the daily stock market journals. I wouldn’t know what the hell it was I was reading, but I would sure make it look like I knew.

But, as it turned out, the Ownership Society was really a fancy way of saying, “You’re on your own, we’re going to go ahead and deregulate business, and good luck competing with someone overseas who’s willing to do your job for half the pay. We’re sure you’ll be fine. Oh, and Social Security, yeah, we’re going to get rid of that too, but if you should happen to be lucky enough to get a job, we’ll help you save it up in one of our fine banks that is at least polite enough to not drool in front of your face.”

No fancy carpet. No pipe. No cool little sideboard.


No, this is the definition of being “out of touch,” and if that doesn’t convince you, just get a load of this story I am ripping off of the GTL from the same post I linked to above:

McCain’s lettuce-picking remarks yield unwanted green
Arizona Daily Star

As he steered his Straight Talk Express across the United States in recent weeks, Republican Sen. John McCain has tried to stay ahead of the immigration issue. But Friday the immigration issue delivered 36 or so heads to his Phoenix office — heads of lettuce, that is.

McCain has been getting skewered in the media for comments earlier this month to a union group in Washington, D.C., that immigrants are taking jobs no one else wants, and offered them $50 an hour to pick lettuce in the Arizona sun for a summer, suggesting they couldn’t do it.

The senator didn’t stick around long enough to process any applications, despite several offers to take him up on his offer from the audience.

So Friday more than three dozen demonstrators showed up at his office, many carrying lettuce picker applications in one hand, and a head of lettuce in the other to show they could do the job.

McCain was not on hand to greet them, but somehow it’s probably not the kind of green he was hoping to collect for his budding presidential bid. …”

Hmmm… Which is worse? Calling people bitter and correctly pointing out that they will find comfort and solace in other things when their governments fail them? Or telling American’s they’re too lazy to work?

Tough one. Real tough.

(edited by DrGail)

One Response to “Um, Who’s Out Of Touch?”

  1. RW says:

    — “Oh, and Social Security, yeah, we’re going to get rid of that too,” —

    Wow, you don’t even try to pretend to be an honest person, are you?

    What’s it like to be a walking drone for a political party, with nary a scant of independent thought?

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