Patterico has a blog today about the lefts reaction the former Starbucks CEO announced candidacy for President, as an independent. Schultz, a billionaire proclaims himself to be a self made man. This has started a feeding frenzy on the left. If you want to see prejudice up close, talk to a liberal.
Here is a Schultz quote and the reaction to it.
“Howard Schultz: I’m a self-made billionaire.
Also Howard Schultz: The federal government paid for my housing,”
New York Times magazine’s Nikole Hannah-Jones said elsewhere that “Growing up in government-(i.e. taxpayer) subsidized housing is actually the opposite of making it by yourself. Your fellow Americans put in so your parents could provide you decent housing.” She was re-tweeted in this anti-poor sentiment by no less than MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
“No one is self-made,” grumbled economist David Rothschild. “‘Projects in Brooklyn’ are government funded housing. Government also educated him, etc. [Starbucks] thrives because US military ensures the security of our international trade, police/fire protect its buildings, roads/sidewalks transport their customers.”
If you follow that logic, in order to be “self made” one must: (1) Be born with a silver spoon, (2) Attend private schools, (3) Not apply for government student loans or attend public colleges and (4) have a substantial (inherited) trust fund. To do otherwise is to be the product of government largess and that negates all subsequent achievements.
Liberals set out to subsidize the down trodden, with tax payer money. If it works and the individual succeeds it was due to liberal efforts. No credit to the individual. If the subsidies don’t work and instead create a permanent underclass, it is no fault of theirs. Heads I win, tails you lose.
Schultz can go out an earn another billion. It won’t do him any good. He will still be one of the undesirables. If Schultz is forever accorded second class status what chance does Jose Lopez or Donte Washington Jones have?
Jose and Donte can talk the talk and walk the walk of liberalism, but the truth is they will never be accepted as equals.
The names in the Social Register are carved in granite. No others need apply. After all you can’t expect the elite to mingle with the riffraff on an equal level.
The elite believe the quote on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
Without the huddled masses who would clean their houses, mow their lawns and wash their cars?