Tim Egan ponders Republican opposition to raising the minimum wage.

Tim Egan: “Giving the people who flip burgers, clean floors and stock grocery shelves a few dimes more an hour is not a handout. Offering working people some help on their insurance premiums does not promote dependence. Nor do those things hurt the economy — just the opposite.”

These Horatio Algerians for the new Gilded Age are virtuous because they made it, or vice versa. And those who haven’t managed a similar leap are just weaklings.
nytimes.com|By Timothy Egan

2 thoughts on “Tim Egan ponders Republican opposition to raising the minimum wage.

  1. My favorite NYT comment so far:
    gemli
    is a trusted commenter Boston 4 hours ago

    Republicans who have risen from poverty attribute their success to their innate worthiness, while they think that the unworthy poor wallow in a despair of their own making. They hold this view partly because many, especially those in politics, are incipient sociopaths who can’t feel empathy for others, but also because their self-opinion looks more exalted when there are other people to look down upon. Conservatives need the poor. Without them, their sense of superiority would be diminished.

    This solipsism informs their attitudes about personal responsibility, as well as the role of government, taxes, welfare and other economic issues. Conservatives think that when they suffer a setback it’s the government’s fault, but when the rest of us fail we only have ourselves to blame. They don’t believe in welfare because no amount of money will alter the trajectory of those unworthy folk who will just waste it on food and medical care.

    Not all Republicans feel this way. Years ago there were those who were fiscally conservative and socially moderate, but these are few and far between, and appear to be in the minority compared to the Tea Party and other ideological zealots that tend to get elected. Those who vote these people into office might spare a thought for the kind of people they’re rewarding.
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  2. sol·ip·sism
    ˈsälipˌsizəm/
    noun
    noun: solipsism

    the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist.

    Or from Wikipedia:
    Solipsism (Listeni/ˈsɒlɨpsɪzəm/; from Latin solus, meaning “alone”, and ipse, meaning “self”)[1] is the philosophical idea that only one’s own mind is sure to exist. As an epistemological position, solipsism holds that knowledge of anything outside one’s own mind is unsure; the external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist outside the mind. As a metaphysical position, solipsism goes further to the conclusion that the world and other minds do not exist.”

    I wonder if there is world view that is solipsistic, that correlates with climate change denial?

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